We’ve been inspired by many projects, but none more so than Growing Communities in Hackney, London. They defy the myth that local food is not achievable in urban settings, or that efforts like these can’t be financially viable. Their Food Zones model (below) is something we’d like to emulate in communities Scotland with its emphasis on 80-20 local food targets. You can read more about the projects founder, Julie Brown here.


  • mangocheeks June 16, 2009 at 19:37

    Thank you very much Mike,
    It is very much appreciated.

    Over the weekend I have been thinking quite a lot about a regional diet, and have written both my thinking and feelings about it on my blog. Please do check it out some time.


    PS I hope it doesn’t make you wince too much!

  • fifediet June 15, 2009 at 19:02

    Hi Mangocheeks, have added your great blog to our site in the links section. Great to hear about these other grwoing projects in Birmingham, Sheffield and Swansea. Thanks, keep in touch. Mike

  • mangocheeks June 14, 2009 at 15:16

    Growing communities is a great project, but there are many more like it that are relatively unknown. I used to work in the environment sector where I would engage with many ‘ethnic’ minority communtiies in cities all over the U.K. Visits to some of these community group gardens really impacted on me as an individual to grow my own. For example Concrete to coriander in Birmingham, Shebeen in Sheffield and Kafel Centre in Swansea. As well planting, growing and eating your own, its a great way to learn about other peoples cultural diversity.