The Home Farm model has been inspired by the Growing Communities project in Hackney (London), and more locally projects like Woodlands Community Garden in Glasgow, and Granton Community Gardeners right here in Edinburgh.
Home Farm is different from our Neighbourhood Garden model in that it seeks to grow at a network of smaller sites, the participants grow as a group rather than managing their own raised bed, and the produce is channeled towards shared community meals and local good causes. A Home Farm project could run alongside a Neighbourhood Garden in the same community.
The Home Farm model is a response to the Scottish Government’s Dignity report, which calls for the set up of ‘community food hubs’ as a potential solution to food poverty/insecurity. Participants are supported by a Community Gardener who train’s folk to grow, co-ordinates food production, and organises community meals.
We would normally establish a members association to enable participants to govern and manage the project, but unlike our Neighbourhood Garden model, we do not anticipate handing over the running of the project to an association unless the group are keen to do so.
Once we have established our Home Farm projects as community food hubs, we intend to explore the viability of a community enterprise model developed by Growing Communities in Hackney, in which we would train up participants as ‘mini-market gardeners’ and connect them with a local growing space to cultivate. The gardener would have the option to sell on produce to the community enterprise.
If you are interested in setting up a Home Farm project in your community please contact us – firstname.lastname@example.org.