Urban Farming Toolkit: A guide to growing to sell in the city

The Urban Farming Toolkit is a practical guide to help prospective growers establish and run a successful growing site that generates an income.

Capital Growth
34pp - 2017

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1. Find and secure a suitable growing site
What is a viable site?
 Find a potential site

 2. Creating the garden
Planning the layout
Buying tools
Chapter 2: Action summary

3. Establish growing methods
Plan your rotation
Plan your growing year
Sowing seeds
Planting out
Dealing with pests and diseases
Chapter 3: Action Summary

4. Find your market
Secure your market
 Create a label
Packing your produce
Chapter 4: Action Summary

5. Creating the business
Making the numbers work
Choosing a business model
Creating policies
Good record keeping
Chapter 5: Action Summary

6. Engaging the community
Running volunteer days
Teaching and outreach
Chapter 6: Action Summary

Case studies

Springfield Park
Hackney Tree Nursery
Clissold Park


The Capital Growth campaign, run by Sustain's London Food Link offers practical and financial support to communities around London to help more people grow more food, and to have greater access to land and growing spaces for community benefit. The Capital Bee project, part of Capital Growth, seeks pledges to promote bee-friendly behaviour, and supports establishment of community beehives.


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