Urban Food Growers Networking Day

URBAN FOOD GROWERS – NETWORKING DAY

Thursday, October 25th 2007 9:30am – 3:45 pm
Forest Farm Peace Garden, Hainault, East London

This is a new group concentrating mainly on N and NE London but we are welcome if it would be useful.

”Hello to all food growers,

Below is an invitation to an upcoming networking day for urban food growers. We are hoping that community food growing groups around North and East London will be represented on the day. It would therefore be helpful if you could respond to the invitation in the next week or so to give us an idea of numbers attending. If you cannot make it on the day itself, but you are involved in a food growing group, please take a couple of minutes to complete the attached form and return it to us as soon as possible.

many thanks

jax”

More groups and organisations are recognising the importance of growing food in the city. The Urban Food Growers Network is a new initiative that aims to better link community food growers in London. It has developed from several informal meetings involving members of six community food-growing projects in North/East London. By creating opportunities to connect more, it is hoped that we can work together to plug gaps in our knowledge, learning and resources, and find solutions that will enable us to produce more locally grown, healthy food.

We would like to invite you to come along on Thursday 25 October when we will be hosting a Networking Day. The event will be held at Forest Farm Community Gardens, end of Hazelbrouck Gardens, Ilford, IG6 2XL.

We hope that you, or someone from your group will come along with ideas and information about your work. The morning will focus on learning more about each other’s work and discuss opportunities and challenges. Workshops will enable us to share learning on common themes as they emerge. We will finish by discussing the network and how acting together could make us more effective in our food growing work. In keeping with the work we do we’re planning practical skill sharing with on-site workshops about bee-keeping and fruit-tree pruning.

Common themes that have already emerged include:

Access to land and land vulnerability Need to seek practical ways of sharing resources Distributing surplus produce: Ways and means Fundraising and income generation Paid workers and volunteers Working in communities to encourage more food growing Forest gardens and other cultivation methods Integrating permaculture designs into projects

Drinks will be provided, but you are invited to bring lunch to share.

If you have questions, comments or contributions, please get in touch. Even if you can’t make it on the 25 October, we’re interested to hear about your work and how you might contribute to such a network and use it to support your activities. (We are hoping that a good collection of food growing groups from North/East London can make it!) A proposed timetable for the day will be sent out closer to the day.

Who’s been involved so far? We come from a variety of food growing groups, working in communities, which include Organiclea Community Growers, Growing Communities, Hackney Community Tree Nursery and Edible Forest Garden, Naturewise, Plot 21 and Forest Farm Peace Garden. We are passionate about the benefits of growing food in cities and recently came together via a Food Hub at The Hornbeam Centre in Walthamstow where we discussed the need for a more formal network of food-growing groups such as our own.

We look forward to speaking to you soon.

Jacklyn (Hackney Community Tree Nursery and Forest Garden) and Clare (OrganicLea)

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