Since last Autumn I’ve been taking part in a new Leeds-based social platform, Urban Food Justice. This is a research and activist project led by campaigner and academic Chiara Tornaghi. Set up initially as a series of workshops and events/excursions, this platform brings urban agriculturalists, environmental activists and policy makers together to learn about specific issues of urban agriculture in the city of Leeds, to realise projects and impact on policy design and implementation. This is a really inspiring programme where grassroots activists and local authority planning staff are coming together to practically impact on urban food production – beginning to address the issues the city of Leeds’ faces.
Urban Food Justice is an action-research project asking whether people from different backgrounds with different skills and experiences can build something new together, blending both the ground up and top down. This has the potential to produce a coherent plan for and the implementation of new urban growing strategy, infrastructure and individual projects across Leeds – addressing one of the biggest needs of the city; urban food production.
Image credit: Sarah Spanton – My Dad at his allotment