Urban farms in London are growing food - and growing jobs - Channel 4 News | The Commons - A World beyond Market & State | Scoop.it
Take one piece of disused land, turn it into a farm - and create jobs and training while you're at it. Channel 4 News has talked to two schemes who've been recognised for their pioneering work.


Growing Communities started sending out small scale veg boxes in 1994: now it has grown into a far larger operation, running a fully organic farmers market, and packing over a thousand bags of fruit and veg ever week. The business currently sustains 23 part time employees and has just won Big Lottery funding to support four volunteer apprentices a year.


The other award-winning scheme, Cultivate London, began life just two years ago, thanks to a business start-up grant from a local charity. They acquired their first site in 2011, thanks to a developer who sought out social enterprises to work with: there are currently two sites in west London, and this week they were offered one more, together with a grant to help develop it.


The local job centres send out young unemployed people who work as volunteers three days a week: in return, they go to a local college to study for a certificate in horticulture, and get vital hands-on experience in a proper working environment.

Via Sepp Hasslberger