SOIL

Improve soil by adding minerals from waste sources, or composting food and garden waste.

Cultivating

Widen the range of the plants that you grow, from older varieties to new crops.

Foraging

What we dismiss as “weeds” can be rich in nutrition for our gardens and for us directly.

Cooking

How to widen the range of things that we eat, for nutrition and for good value.

PRODUCE MORE FOOD

We’ve become used to the supermarket distribution system which sources food from prime food-producing regions and carries it around the world to our local store. The system works so efficiently that the UK now imports 40% of its food.

But those key global food-producing areas are now under threat from climate change, with drought, fire and flood. This brings risks of shortfalls in global food supply, which could happen very suddenly. We are all vulnerable, whether in cities with large populations reliant on food coming in, or in islands at the end of the supermarket distribution line.

Food security requires greater self-reliance, nationally, regionally and locally – and the good thing is that this is something where every one of us can make a difference. In many other parts of the world, people have traditionally kept a well-stocked garden to tide them through uncertain times. We can grow in pots and allotments or in community gardens. Farms and market gardens can expand the range of food. Systems like polytunnels can broaden the growing season. Local shops, and supermarkets too, can widen the range of locally-produced food for the benefit of everyone. There are things that we can all do and this website aims to provide the background information needed to make a start.

SOIL

Improve soil by adding minerals from waste sources, or composting food and garden waste.

Cultivating

Widen the range of plants you grow, from older varieties to new crops.

Foraging

What we dismiss as “weeds” can be rich in nutrition for our gardens and for us directly.

Cooking

How to widen the range of things that we eat, for nutrition and for good value.

IN THE GARDEN

Even a very small garden can generate food, if the space is used well. An area of public grassland can be transformed into a wildflower meadow.

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