Whether on rooftops, in tunnels, or in containers, there are environmental and economic benefits to growing food in urban spaces. Growing food close to consumers reduces the time and distance food has to travel from farm to fork, and it creates employment and opportunities for enterprise locally. It can also serve as a means to reconnect children and food-lovers with the food they consume.
The pandemic has disrupted work and shopping patterns, and has left parts of major cities searching for ways to reinvent themselves. Do these factors combined mean that there’s an opportunity for urban farming to grow?
In collaboration with GROW and the Centre for Innovation in Voluntary Action, this online discussion explores the exciting potential of urban farming and the process of urban reinvention.
Speakers include Kath Dalmeny, CEO of Sustain; Kath Rosen, CEO of the Orchard Project which encourages communities to plant fruit trees; Paul Smyth who created The Farm Shop in Dalston, a farm inside a shop as a community and educational centre for promoting food growing; and George Lamb who runs the GROW project at Totteridge Academy to link education, nutrition, wellbeing, and enterprise.