An introduction to the new £800k Growing Together partnership, including:
– How to promote the uptake of social finance and community shares.
– Emerging trends in community growing initiatives, and a move towards more food based social enterprises.
– How small scale interventions can get a foot on the ladder of local food supply, and how this might tie-in with the real farming angle.
– How do we make what is seen as “Alternative” more mainstream – some historical perspectives.
Jeremy became Chief Executive of The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens in October 2000, and has overseen a period of expansion and increasing recognition of the benefits of community farms, gardens, allotments and similar projects. Jeremy is a keen proponent of working in partnership for the greater benefit, has contributed to many advisory groups, and has been the Chair of the £57m Local Food programme since its inception. He has also been instrumental in initiating the Allotments Regeneration Initiative, the Community Land Advisory Service, and the Growing Together initiative aimed at supporting community enterprise and community finance in the community growing sector.
Rupert joined the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens in June 2011 as the South West Wales Development worker. He still fulfils this role which covers Pembrokeshire, Swansea, Carmarthenshire and South Ceredigion as well as supporting the development of the community supported agriculture (CSA) movement across Wales. He had previously worked in community development in Pembrokeshire and before that in Peru supporting a charity to safeguard indigenous autonomy and ownership rights over their many potato varieties in the Andes mountains. Rupert is also a part time baker, experimenting with growing his own wheat amid plans to set up a community supported peasant-bakery. He is also a board member of the newly formed UK CSA network.