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TTB Food Group, pre-planning meeting:

11.11. 2008, 7pm The Prince Albert public bar.

Present: Bonnie Hewson, Sarah Cannon, Louise Jordan, Guy Robinson of Sprout Design. Duncan Law

Minutes: Duncan Law/ Bonnie Hewson

Agenda:

  • What has TTB done related to Food and Growing so far?
  • Visions for the Food Group: Directions in which we anticipate developing
  • Preparing for the first meeting/event of the TTB Food Group
  • Our communications within the group.

It was noted that David Moore who was to have been keeping tabs on this group for the Communications Group was not able to be present. Bonnie will fill him in later.

  • What has TTB done related to Food and Growing so far?
   1.

      Proposed and got funding for the ABUNDANCE project – experimental/demonstration urban food growing and green mapping project. Results as follows
         1.

            Guinness Trust Allotments still exist and grew more than they would otherwise have.
         2.

            Louise spoke of personal benefit to her. She knows more people, has grown more things than ever before.
         3.

            The beginnings of a community mapping tool – which still needs more work. Trail run on Tulse Hill estate.
         4.

            Great interest from many quarters
         5.

            Featured on BBC Radio London
         6.

            Involved many TTB volunteers.
   2.

      Networking with other estates1 interested in Food Growing which include
         1.

            Tulse Hill estate, already initiated by Vinnie O'Connell, possibly leading to Cressingham Gardens estate in the long run.
         2.

            Roupell Park Estate wanting allotments
         3.

            St Martin's Estate
         4.

            Blenheim Gardens Estate <bonnie.hewson@gmail.com>
         5.

            Bonham Estate, Caroline Muir <caromuir23@btopenworld.com>
         6.

            Guinness Trust Estate
         7. Also Dil Green interested in doing something in the area of Beechdale Road/Fairmount Road (inc Raliegh Gardens, Cheery Laurel Walk, Virginia Walk)
   3.

      Work with Food up Front, promoting and publicising their work.
   4.

      Local Green Map on Google maps started by Guy Shrubsole and also South Londn Green Spaces and Fruit and Nut tree maps started by Bonnie Hewson (see food wiki page at http://www.transitiontownbrixton.org/2009/12/the-food-group-page/)
   5.

      Networking to support food growing in the area. Putting Funders and TV companies in touch with incipient projects, UCL working on Landfit. Brought together a significant group of local mappers.
   6.

      Shown Power of Community about 5 times with speakers including Andre Viljoen of Brighton University, and Megan Quinn the producer.
   7.

      Introduced a significant Food element into the thinking of the FUTURE BRIXTON physical regeneration consultation and Masterplan. Principle of development increasing foodgrowing space rather than reducing it with vertical growing, greenhouses on every roof, onsite composting and biodigestion to provide fertility for local growing.
   8.

      Jeremy Leggett speaking to Lambeth Councillors at the invitation of TTB about Peak Oil and Climate Change mentions Food as the biggest worry.
   9. Borough Council becoming increasingly supportive of growing and sustainability projects: Cllr Steve Reed (Leader of Lambeth Council and Cllr for Brixton Hill Ward), Cllr Nigel Hasleden (Cllr Clapham Town and deputy cabinet member for Transport) and Jessica Currie (Lambeth Sustainable Development Policy Officer) have all contacted Bonnie offering support for Blenheim Garden project.
10.
      Organised a successful Permaculture Introductory Weekend Course in June.
  11. Collected contact details and visions from people with food and growing interest at Great Unleashing: See http://www.transitiontownbrixton.org/2009/12/unleashing-visions/

for Food related visions and http://www.transitiontownbrixton.org/2009/01/foodgroupreport/ for the first thoughts of a group that convened at an open meeting in 2007.

  • Visions for the Food Group: Directions in which we anticipate developing

See Growing Visions Mind Map generated at meeting

- Points to note: look into NISP mapping and symbiosis programme

  • Preparing for the first meeting/event of the TTB Food Group

It was agreed that an event would be held towards the end of January/beginning of Feb to engage the many people interested in Food and Growing.

This event will probably include: a talk by TTTotness Food Group leader Theresa Anderson and maybe another speaker, perhaps from FoodUpFront; also an Open Space event in which ideas are generated and then rated by participants according to highest priorities, most likely to get involved in etc. The event may also include locally made food and an opportunity to swap seeds/potatoes etc.

Duncan will contact Theresa Anderson to ask about available dates.

  • Our communications within the group.

Bonnie will set up Project Dirt Food page.

Bonnie will post minutes, mind maps, Sustain’s (Growing Round the House) and Chatworth House’s (Thinking about the Future of Food) reports on the Wiki/Goodle Docs along with links to Capital Growth scheme.

Bonnie send out email to Food group members and also all other members of TTB asking them if they would like to be involved in Food Group. This email will include details of the FoodWiki page, the Project Dirt Page and the TTBFood email address. It will give advance notice of a food event coming up in Jan, as well as info on what has happened so far and links to food visions. Also will ask for interest in permaculture weekend course in March.

Bonnie will wait to send this email until she receives info from Duncan re: previous permaculture course testimonials and Theresa’s availability.

Bonnie will undertake to call people without email addresses on food group contact list (may enlist help of Louise and Sarah) when emails go out to sak them if they have email addresses. If not a telephone tree will be made to ensure these people are kept informed of events etc.

  • Other actions:

Louise will look into the possibility of TTBFood members becoming involved in working a small plot on the ABUNDANCE site (Guiness Trust Estate)

Guy Robinson will look into use of re-purposed bins as deep planters and extruded growing tubs for balconies. Guy was invited by Bonnie to visit the Blenheim Garden’s Estate as a possible site to trial growing bins.

Another meeting may be held in early Jan to plan first event in more detail.

People who have expressed interest in being involved in Food Group leading (or have been suggested to contact) are:

Louise Jordan, Sarah Canon, Bonnie Hewson, Wiz Baines, Duncan Law, Claudia Ruane, Ceri Buck, Kate Swatridege, Seb Mayfield, Merlyn Peter, Simon Gharty, Philippe Castaing, Guy Robinson, David Moore, Hannah Lewis.

These minutes will be copied to these people (by Bonnie) for their info.

Footnote 1:Other Brixton estates are

Angell Park Gardens Estate,Arlington Lodge Estate, Bonham Estate, Brighton Terrace Estate, Brockwell Park Estate, Canterbury Gardens Estate, Cressingham Gardens Estate, Dumbarton Court Estate Hertford Estate, Hurst Street Estate, Lilford Estate Meath Estate Railton Road Estate Renton Close Estate Rushcroft Road Estate Saxby Road Estate Southwyck House Estate St. Matthew’s Estate Tulse Hill Estate Wiltshire Road Estate

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