“Local Food is Growing” REconomy event

On Monday 11 July, TTB REconomy Project gathered 7 local food-growing enterprises at the weekly Open Project Night to build connections to get them REALLY GROWING. Watch this short film of what happened.

Six of the enterprises (see below) presented for 5 minutes each on what is happening, what is planned and what they NEED to move to the next stage. We then broke into small groups to work on the projects whilst enjoying a delicious pot-luck supper.

Charlotte O’Connor of Loughborough Farm said, “It was fantastic…It’s really important and really useful when everyone is sitting round a table having an open discussion – so many experts.. from Local Greens, from Transition Towns, new people I hadn’t met before, all sharing ideas and having quite a frank conversation, about things we don’t normally talk about”.

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OPEN PROJECT NIGHTS

Open Project Nights, supported by TTB, happen every Monday from 6.30pm onwards at the Impact Hub Brixton. Meet, work, network, trade skills and find collaborators for your community projects in Lambeth. It’s free, and you’re welcome to join whether Hub member or not! Some excellent projects have been developed during Open Project Nights already including the Brixton People’s Fridge, a Community Cafe and Incredible Edible Lambeth’s “Going for Gold” Sustainable Food Cities challenge.

Transition Town Brixton REconomy Project hosts a space every second Monday of the month for enabling a new culture of community supported local economy and enterprise that is shaping the future. We are especially interested in ‘Transition enterprises’ like these urban food-growers who are ahead of the curve and are helping bend that curve towards a future that is more local, cooperative, interconnected and full of the things we want out of life like good food, friends, fun, meaning and more. The Bank of Lambeth, a project that came our of our successful Local Entrepreneur Forum last year, meet there regularly.

NEEDS AND OFFERS

Below are the local food-growing enterprises who presented together with their NEEDS. Charlotte O’Connor of Loughborough Farm said of their list of needs “It was fantastic. We got that – and more.” If you or your organisation can offer support in any way please contact them directly. Further below are some of the offers projects received on the night

Food growing project Needs
Myatt’s Fields Project,

Victoria Sherwin,

http://www.myattsfieldspark.info/

enquiries@myattsfieldspark.info

  • Social media expertise
  • Money to pay core costs
Streatham Herb Farm (Rootcraft),

Andy (and Molly) Crabb,

http://www.rootcraft.co.uk/

andy@rootcraft.co.uk

  • Space (in Streatham, secure, accessible, with water and ideally electricity) private garden is suitable.
  • Recycled pots
  • Market stall equipment
Loughborough Farm,

Charlotte O’Connor,

loughboroughfarm@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/Loughborough-Farm-653774824726760/

@LoughFarm

  • Volunteers to help ‘grow to sell’ project+ Community cafe volunteers including chefs.+ Volunteer coordinator+ Expert gardeners
  • Architect/Permaculture design input.
  • Admin assistance.
  • Money
Incredible Edible Lambeth,

Sue Sheehan,

http://www.incredibleediblelambeth.org/

info@incredibleediblelambeth.org

https://www.facebook.com/Incredible-Edible-Lambeth-112471948861301/

@ediblelambeth

  • Become part of IEL+ Come to workshops/courses/ events
  • Join an IEL campaign:
  •  - ban glyphosate
  •  - for a London National Park
  •  - Going for Gold in the Sustainable Food Cities
  • Access to land for Edible Bus Stop
Open Orchard Project,

Wayne Trevor,

http://openorchard.weebly.com/

openorchard.westnorwood@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/OpenOrchardProject/

@OpenOrchardProj

  • Do you have a fruit tree which isn’t harvested? Or know of one in Lambeth?
  • Do you know of a (public) location for a 60 tree orchard in Lambeth?
  • Are you an expert preserve maker or fruit-meister?
  • Can you help us raise funds? Through grants? Or have a spare £10k?
  • Would you like to help us with our work? Picking, making, managing, social media, etc
  • Could you like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter? @OpenOrchardProj
Urban Growth Learning Gardens,

Bruno Lacey,

http://urbangrowth.london/

info@urbangrowth.london

https://www.facebook.com/urbangrowthlg/

@urbangrowthlg

  • Corporate partnerships (Park/Landowners)
  • Organisations and individuals to donate and/or become strategic partners
  • Ideas – what would the future of Urban Growth look like.
  • Get involved with POP farm

OFFERS

Myatt’s Field Project offered to anyone: a community kitchen and use of meeting/eating rooms at the Myatt’s Fields Project; grow seedings in our greenhouse for  your project. Contact Victoria

Incredible Edible Lambeth reported benefits from the event:

  • collaboration with energy Gardens in Clapham (where EIL has done an Edible Route)
  • connection with Edible Wellfield
  • UCL wants to get students involved in IEL
  • reconnected with Local Greens box scheme
  • distributed loads of IEL leaflets
  • Sue met Poppy!

Local is where it’s at! Towards a new culture of community supported local economy and enterprises that shape the future.

 

One response to ““Local Food is Growing” REconomy event”

  1. […] So on July 11 the group hosted a special ‘Local Food is Growing‘ event aimed at helping network local food growing entrepreneurs and projects and the community. Six projects presented their work, plans and challenges to an interested audience, who later took part in small group sessions where they were invited to give feedback and suggest ways they might be able to help the enterprises.  At events like this the ‘genius of the community’ can often produce astonishing and unexpected results.  This proved to be the case again here, with Rootcraft who had presented at the event, reporting they had been invited to present their concept at the V&A’s Overgrow the System event as a direct result of their involvement with Open Project Night! They have also been offered 2 private gardens as growing space and have developed a collaboration with Urban Growth Learning Gardens  Watch our short film and read a full report on the Local Food is Growing Event night here. […]

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