Building community food knowledge
Individuals and communities have a key role to play in developing local food knowledge, skills, resources and projects at a grassroots level.
Cambridge Sustainable Food seeks to strengthen our city’s network of local community food activists and promote community food growing, food education in schools and opportunities to develop cooking skills, especially for more vulnerable members of society.
Community food growing
The City Council encourages use of the city’s allotment sites, running Grow Your Own promotions and incentives such as free soil improver.
Non-growth community garden sites are also promoted by the City Council, which enable allotment tenants and others in the city to enter produce into the ‘Best Produce Show’ at the Cambridge Country Fair to demonstrate amateur growing achievements.
Developers are being encouraged to incorporate food growing into existing and new developments through the creation of roof gardens and/or growing spaces in residential housing and commercial developments.
Food in schools
Cambridge has a dedicated Food for Life Programme Manager who supports schools in areas of disadvantage, including the north of Cambridge. Increasing free school meal take-up and use of the pupil premium is part of the core business of the county council’s learning directorate. Sixty-four per cent of schools in Cambridge subscribe to personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) and part of this programme includes the topic of healthy eating.
Community food projects
The Rock Abundance project is a community-led project aiming to encourage more people in Cambridge to ‘swap and share’ fresh fruit and veg and long-life preserves.
Cambridge Cropshare is a small-scale community-supported agriculture (CSA) scheme in Cambridge, run as a partnership between Transition Cambridge and Waterland Organics, based at Willow Farm in Lode. It explores ‘crop-sharing,’ an exchange of use of land for access to labour, creating opportunities for farm-community collaboration.
For more information about community food projects in the area see here.