7th November 2011

City Farmers – Harvest update


Since winning the ‘How can Britain feed itself?’ GeoVation Challenge, City Farmers, have been incredibly busy. Below, Helen and Peter give an update of what they’ve been doing:

After attending the Incredible Edible Lambeth Harvest Party and reflecting on this growing season, we realized how quickly CF_logo_final_websmall2time has passed, and how much City Farmers has done over the past six months.

In Spring, funding from both Ordnance Survey’s GeoVation and Timberland’s Earthkeepers funds, enabling us to buy materials and services to get our projects of the ground. So what have we done? It would be impossible to list all the amazing projects we’ve been part of, but here’s a taster of what we’ve been up to:

  • We’ve participated in several community events, giving out growing starter packs and advice.
  • We have started two new community gardens with the residents at Rupert Gardens, with plans to support least seven more new ventures across Lambeth soon.
  • We are providing logistical support to a wide range of existing growing groups, filling a much-needed role in the community.
  • We spoke at Kew Gardens’ Start festival, and represented Incredible Edible Lambeth at Jamie Oliver’s Big Feastival.
  • We had a stall at the Lambeth Country Show, where we gave away hundreds of plants in exchange for hundreds of completed surveys about growing habits. We also premiered our three maps, and gave advice on growing in our community.
  • We’ve helped community projects like the Brixton Energy Co-op and the Remakery in a variety of ways from copy-writing to engineering.
  • We’ve set up new initiatives in the community like upcycling estate windows into greenhouses, and our new project, to be announced this week. Stay tuned; it involves hops, growing and beer…

We have had such a positive six months, participating in exciting projects and talking to inspiring people. Thanks everyone, and happy harvest!

Helen and Pete, City Farmers

You can find out more about City Farmers work by visiting their website