Land access is generally the most problematic issue for urban food growers. In this workshop we have discussed types of access to land, identified existing support from skilled organisations, and given space to various local groups seeking for land, to come and present their projects.
In short, we have identified the following points:
Increasing community demands for food/seeds sovereignty, participation in place making, building resilient cities and communities
Local authorities and in particular planning and parks services have a key role in ensuring social and environmental justice through the promotion of urban agriculture
Temporary leases and community gardens are good as an initial tool to inspire food growing and provide training and community engagement, but pose limits to long term engagement, investments and funding opportunities
Community allotment provision should still be a preferential choice, although horticultural training should be mandatory and socio-economic background of plot holders considered for future allocations.
Land asset transfer to local communities is also a viable way to reinstate control to local communities, provided that this happens within a progressive planning framework with a set of pre-requisite, redistributive criteria and in the form of commons.
On the long term, the local development framework can include planning notes recommending food growing facilities in all new development sites.
A representative of Leeds City Council has taken part in this workshop and made available a list of 37 parks that Parks and Countryside services is managing, and that could be open to citizens for food growing –subject to the stipulation of a stewardship agreement.
|Land Access, Chiara Tornaghi|
|Leopold Project, Jenny Richardson, David Pattinson and Bill Phelps|
|Edible Enterprise Hub, Caroline Scott and Pete Tatham|
|Eat the Street|
|Incredible Edible Todmoden|