Urban agriculture in the UK is mostly a grassroots phenomenon. Allotments, schoolyards gardens, community gardens: these are all excellent learning devices for re-skilling, community building and the promotion of healthy behaviours, run by volunteers or individuals that garden in their spare time. Sometime they are partially funded by grants or subsidies for the social benefits that they bring to some of the users. However, these are not usually economically independent, nor they have a substantial impact on the food that is consumed in the city. Nonetheless, urban gardens, and urban agriculture more in general, have the potential to be an economically viable activity, and to produce a large amount of urban food needs.
More and more urban agriculturalists are looking for establishing self-sustaining projects. In this workshop we have invited speakers from Manchester based Kindling Trust and Manchester Veg People to learn their experience towards the economic viability of their project.
As an outcome of the co-design of this workshop with local food growers, and of the discussions inspired by the presentation, a group of 10 people has started to meet to plan and discuss the possibility of starting a Leeds Food Hub.
You can view videos of all of the presentations below.
|The economic viability of urban agriculture, Chara Tornaghi|
|Working towards a more Sustainable Food System for Greater Manchester, The Kindling Trust|
|Growing Manchester(s) Veg People|
|A practical guide to how we created an innovative co-operative of food growers and buyers, to help build a fairer and more sustainable food system, Growing Manchester(s) Veg People|