About

Food Communities promotes and facilitates the growing and sharing of truly local, non-packaged, organic food by the community for the community.

Food Communities provides free support to help people grow, forage, preserve, store, share and cook their own fruit, vegetables and herbs via our website, blog, Facebook group, and network of local food growing groups. Food Communities seeks large scale social and environmental change by inspiring and facilitating a mass collaborative movement of communities adopting a sustainable lifestyle around producing and sharing our own food. The food we champion, non-packaged food with the lowest possible food miles, grown in harmony with nature, is the freshest, tastiest, healthiest, most eco-friendly and most economical and our goal is to make it the norm.

Food Communities believes in a network of collaborative, compassionate, small scale, truly local, organic growing projects. Such a system would lessen environmental damage (soil degradation, biodiversity loss, water pollution, greenhouse gas emissions), boost local economies, support local producers and reduce the use of plastic and food miles. If communities pool our knowledge, time and resources, make better use of our land and work together efficiently with lots of people contributing in whatever way they can, we can be eating our own food all year round, saving money, and living healthier and in harmony with our environment.

The vast majority of people in the UK rarely eat locally grown food and the vast majority of home gardens are not used for growing food. As a society we urgently need to eradicate food poverty and reduce food miles and plastic packaging and we can do this if we prioritise local food and better manage our time and resources. We have the skills, materials and the space to do it. But more of us need to get stuck in if eating truly local food is going to become the norm again. Food Communities aims to provide the necessary encouragement, support and infrastructure to facilitate this.

Increased amateur food growing is essential to a rapidly rising population. There is a lot of pressure on farmers to feed lots of people, whilst also meeting environmental responsibilities to tackle soil degradation, biodiversity loss, water pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions. If our cities, towns and villages were growing, preserving, storing and swapping more of our own fruit, vegetables and herbs from our own gardens, allotments and waste land we would take much of the strain off our farmers and the environment. We encourage neighbours to work as a team to grow more fruit, vegetables and herbs, share knowledge, time and resources, to help neighbours who are new to food growing, and to seek out new spaces in their community that can be shared to grow.

 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

 

JOIN OUR FACEBOOK GROUP where members share ideas, advice and information on everything related to growing, storing and cooking vegetables, fruit and herbs. All proficient food growers are encouraged to share their expertise to help other members who are new to growing by commenting and writing posts.

FIND YOUR LOCAL FOOD GROWING GROUP using the Food Communities directory to connect with like-minded neighbours and share food, seeds, plants, tools, materials, knowledge and skills. Help grow and harvest food in a local community garden and consider donating seeds, seedlings, cuttings, plants, pots, compost, manure, pots, tools, materials, etc. Work as a team to grow more fruit, vegetables and herbs, share knowledge, time and resources, help neighbours who are new to food growing, and seek out new spaces in your community that can be shared to grow.

SWAP PLANTS WITH OTHER GROWERS using the Food Communities directory.

READ AND CONTRIBUTE TO OUR BLOG Everyone is encouraged to contribute posts which will be published here on the Food Communities blog and promoted through our social media channels. Please email your post to info@foodcommunities.org.

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER for all the latest news about Food Communities.

SUPPORT FOOD COMMUNITIES by contributing a regular monthly payment.

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