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 teaches volunteers how to grow, co-ordinates food production, and organises community meals.
We would normally establish a members association to enable participants to govern the project, but unlike our Neighbourhood Garden model, we would not anticipate handing over responsibility for the running the project to the association unless the participants are keen to do so.
If you are interested in setting up a Home Farm project in your community please contact us – firstname.lastname@example.org.