As part of the ‘Just Space Conference – A Community Led Plan for London’ on the 4th of February, 2016, the Community Food Growers Network (CFGN) hosted a panel with speakers from across London’s community food sector on the following topics:
1. What could policy makers do to expand your work?
2. What are the creative solutions to respond to obstacles you’re currently facing?
The panel was followed by a Q & A and discussion that will shape a working policy document on food production to be included in Just Space‘s London Community-led plan.
Maddie Guerlain – Capital Growth
Deirdre Woods & Rob Logan – Community Food Growers Network
Julie Brown – Growing Communities
KMT – May Project Gardens
Felicia Ruperti – Organiclea
Hannah Leigh Mackie – Stepney City Farm (Federation of City Farms & Gardens)
Voices that Shake! showing ‘FoodFight’ film
Kate Metcalf (Apologies) – Women’s Environmental Network
Facilitator: Elizabeth Bragg – Organiclea
Just Space is developing proposals for what should be in the next London Plan – a vision and planning policies for London for the next 20 years. All the London Plans since the GLA was created in 2000 have been drafted by the Mayor and Londoners have only been able to comment, not initiate proposals. This time London’s community groups are insisting that they influence the formative stages: identifying London’s problems and needs and formulating policies. Just Space will be submitting a draft plan to the new Mayor during their first days in office in May 2016.
This time last year UCL students working with Just Space approached different organisations to research what policies should be in the ‘Food Production’ section of the draft plan. These included organisations such as the Community Food Growers Network, Capital Growth, Federation of City Farms and Gardens, Women’s Environmental Network, the London Permaculture group and Friends of the Earth.