Projects

These projects, or themed areas of work, have been created through conversations with partners about the needs and challenges they share, and the solutions they want to pursue together.

Ongoing

Northern Farmstarts

A collaboration with the Landworkers Alliance. Existing Farmstarts are teaching northern cities how to set up their own Farmstart projects. Find out more…

Your guide to urban agriculture

A beautiful, illustrated, clickable map. 6 main types of urban agriculture project, many inspiring case studies. This works as a guide for citizens and local authorities to imagine, learn, plan and create. Find out more

Dynamic Food Procurement

A developing system to enable small and medium sized food producers to supply public sector contracts, and buyers to understand more about the quality and provenance of what they’re buying. Find out more…

Emerging

Influencing Policy

Driven by the Glasgow Food & Climate Declaration, we are supporting partners to look at how they can influence policy. From community access to land for food growing in Northern Ireland to creating a PING. Find out more…

Mapping land for food

Partnering with Lancaster’s Rurban Revolution to map land using the Hope Spots process developed by Friends of the Earth. More information coming soon.

Fringe Farming

An exciting and timely year-long pilot exploring the potential of peri-urban land for agroecology in London, Bristol, Sheffield and Glasgow, coordinated by Sustain. Find out more…

A vision for the West of England

Rediscovering identity, connection, belonging and purpose through investing in a bioregional, agroecological vision of the future. Find out more…

And I told her about the great Hope Spots mapping going on in Lancaster.

So we resolved to bring together these projects, along with Julian of Land Explorer / Shared Assets and colleagues in Wales, to share experiences, approaches and learn from each other.

There was a real excitement to connect with one another to think about how the mapping of land for food could be both bespoke to place and community, and compatible or interconnected.

It was spurred on by our recent discovery that Knight Frank has mapped all Church of England owned land, but that each diocese must find and pay £2,500 to access and use it (working with another consultant) to help develop its land assets.

This is unhelpful at a time where we need open collaboration to address nutritional and climate emergencies.

We’re meeting again in September to take the conversation further.

If you’d like to be involved in this, please contact us.