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Is Urban Agriculture gaining traction across the UK?

We think it might be. Over the years there have been various local and national initiatives promoting a growth in sustainable local food, amongst them the Allotments Regeneration Initiative, the Local Food Programme, Making Local Food Work and the Sustainable Food Places Network. Our partners in the Urban Agriculture Consortium have all reported a rise …

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Protected and controlled environments

Protected & controlled environments – from polytunnels to aquaponics, local heat sources andcomposting: urban areas can stimulate creative responses. Affordable, human scale technologies meeting local needs. Because of variations in climate across the UK, many food growing projects rely on protected or assisted growing environments to extend the growing season. These can range from passive …

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Peri-urban / Fringe Farming

Where urban meets rural, offering greatest potential for agroecological growing at meaningful scales close to urban populations. https://ecologicalland.coop/our-sites . Site at Arlington (purchasing land for smallholdings and linking affordable landworker dwellings to land for viability) Huxhams Cross Farm (multi functional farm: education, healing, food growing, community meals etc) Canalside Community Food (Community Supported Agriculture which …

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Farmstarts and Incubator hubs

Farmstarts and Incubator hubs support a new generation of economically resilient urban farmers & growers with work-based training and mentoring. Farmstarts help new entrants to food production learn all the skills they need in a supported environment. Many farmstart sites provide opportunities for others to share their resources and knowledge…and help to incubate further social …

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Patchwork Farms

Patchwork Farms connect producers and other parts of a local food system across a number of small and medium sites in one locality (a patchwork of sites) and can often make use of neglected open/green spaces. Working cooperatively with shared branding, infrastructure and marketing, Patchwork farms and gardens are now gaining traction. Sharing experience and …

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Community Growing

This covers a huge array of projects – allotments, community gardens, city farms – where people learn about & grow seasonal food, nurturing learning wellbeing and resilience. Despite a drastic reduction over the last 50 years, allotments are still perhaps the most familiar type of urban food growing though they are now classified as a …

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Urban agriculture typology

We have started work on a simple typology of urban agriculture – there is no one-model-fits-all and all forms of urban food growing are to be encouraged. This will be developed as a working tool in spring 2021.