Cavendish Community Food Hub
We collaborated with Urban Agriculture London and Hutton House, as well as the Kensington Village Association and Beautiful Edibles, to develop a proposal to build a greenhouse and community garden in a public place in the City of London.
Urban Agriculture London is a network of urban agriculture enthusiasts who are actively involved in projects ranging from food forests to tool sharing libraries.
Hutton House is a charity the facilitates and delivers skills development programs for people with barriers to employment.
We envision the London Community Food Hub to be a dynamic community resource: a place of food production, a facility to host education and advocacy events focussed on sustainable living, a consultation and advice office for sustainable building and retrofitting, and permaculture, and the location for a tool lending library and repair workshop space.
The main structure will be a passive solar greenhouse and open plan office and event space. We will use mostly natural or recycled materials, to construct an off-grid, self-sufficient, passive solar space with no utility demands. There will be rainwater catchment and storage for the gardens and photo voltaic panels and a battery bank for power needs. It will be one large room, with a wide ‘sun room’ along the south face (the greenhouse), equipped with low maintenance planters. We expect to have external planting beds and a small orchard, given sufficient space.
The space will be available to anyone wishing to use it with a relevant focus, and be open to the public at designated times. The food produced in this facility will be sold or donated. We will offer horticulture, gardening, composting, preserving, canning, and dehydrating workshops, as well as sustainability consultation in reducing emissions. The space can be used for seminars and presentations.
BENEFITS TO THE COMMUNITY:
- Access to nutritious, affordable food.
- Physical activity and time spent outdoors.
- Mindfulness and relaxation.
- Interaction with neighbours and community-building.
- Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions when food is produced locally.
- Creation of habitat for pollinators.
- Stewardship and beautification of land.
- Economic development and job training.
- Engagement of diverse communities.
- Promotion of sustainable living practices.A community resource that the community can take pride in.
The proposal has been submitted to the city council and we are hoping to meet with our city councillors in the near future to discuss the next steps.