Growing

The Good Food Growers

January – July 2024

The Good Food Growers: Phase 02

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A collaboration between Fruitful Orchard CIC and Company Drinks, with LBBD.

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In response to the first phase of the project we’re delivering:

🟢 ongoing outreach and engagement to grow the network of local people with an interest in sharing Food Growing knowledge, resources and activities: The Food Growing Community

🟢 a piece of work to support LBBD’s ambitions to re-activate its community orchards

🟢 the delivery of 4 x ‘Satellite Site’ activities, addressing the needs, challenges and aspirations identified in the Phase 01 outreach surveys.

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The Satellite Sites – Our Community Needs…

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The Satellite Sites – We are supporting….

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We are currently in the process of planning and delivering the Satellite Site projects and will update you as they take shape.

In the meantime, if you’re a local community group, organisation or project looking to establish more food growing initiatives in the borough, you can sign up to our mailing list to be updated with our programme of training sessions or community activities.

Sign up 👉 HERE

Your personal information will only be used by Company Drinks CIC for promoting Good Food Growers activities.

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June – September 2023

The Good Food Growers: Phase 01

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A collaboration between Fruitful Orchard CIC, Barking Food Forest (Thames Life CDT) and Company Drinks  with LBBD.

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Together, we delivered a four month programme, consisting of:

🟢 an outreach survey, asking people about their needs, challenges and aspirations for food growing in the borough

🟢 a series of four Food Growing training workshops delivered by Fruitful Orchard CIC and Barking Food Forest

🟢 a proposal for a 4 x ‘Satellite Sites’ for food growing activities in Barking & Dagenham, which would address the needs, challenges and aspirations identified in the outreach survey

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Photos and flyers, credit: Thames Life CDT and Barking Food Forest

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The Good Food Growers outreach surveys found that….

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🟢 A large number of residents are leaving the borough to seek workshops about food growing.

🟢 There’s a lack of support and information in B&D to help residents start or maintain long lasting projects.

🟢 There’s a lack of experts/specialists who can advise how to design growing projects or design spaces

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Our deeper-dive, online research revealed that….

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🟢 Local residents are keen to start food growing projects in the B&D but lack resources, training and/or development support.

🟢 A large number of residents found green spaces/food growing initiatives to be inaccessible/un-inclusive/unwelcoming.

🟢 There’s a lack of workshops catering to specific topics or issues.

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In response to these findings, we’ve made four key recommendations:

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🟢 Provide workshops based on residents interest i.e fruit trees, composting etc, through funding to specialists/experts who have experience in supporting grassroots/community initiatives.

🟢 Increase green spaces or support community groups/organisations that can provide safe spaces for the BIPOC & BAME community.

🟢 Provide development training for residents/grassroots start ups that would like to set up a project.

🟢 Allow local residents access to green spaces that are not in use or have been abandoned. 

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ARCHIVE: April 2022-Jan 2023

The Good Food Plan: Community Research Project 2022-2023

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Delivered by Company Drinks, with the Resident Research Panel, and support from LBBD. In 2022 we were commissioned by LBBD to work with the food charity Sustain on a piece of research to inform a Good Food Plan for Barking and Dagenham.

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The aim of this research was to develop an understanding of the local food landscape and the great work already happening in the borough, to identify the challenges and opportunities of our food systems, and to propose a set of recommendations for a healthier, more climate-friendly, more affordable, more culturally appropriate and nourishing local food system, for everyone.

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READ THE GOOD FOOR PLAN REPORT 👉 here

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or VISIT THE LBBD GOOD FOOD PARTNERSHIP + ACTION PLAN WEBSITE + SIGN UP TO THE MAILING LIST 👉 here

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Produced in 2022, published in 2023, for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, with Sustain, and a panel of resident researchers (see blog below).

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