With more people living in cities than ever before and an increased consciousness over where our food comes from, edible growing is taking over urban spaces. Gardeners with balconies or roof tops in cities the world over have proved that it is possible to grow to eat all year round. But how, and where to get started? This talk will offer inspiring advice from those who have made growing your own a reality for city-dwellers and in some of London’s finest restaurants and look at what needs to be done to improve our urban growing spaces, all against the context of an exhibition dedicated man who revolutionised urban gardening: John Brookes.
This is the first in a series of three lectures looking at urban gardening for the new generation, curated by Alice Vincent (Author of How to Grow Stuff: Easy, no stress gardening for beginners, and writer for The Telegraph). Other talks in the series:
Alice Vincent is an author, journalist and self-taught urban gardener. She has kept a column with The Telegraph for two years, and brought out her first book, How to Grow Stuff: no stress gardening for beginners, in March 2017. She documents her growing adventures through Instagram and a newsletter under Noughticulture.
Claire Ratinon is an urban organic farmer and educator based in Hackney. As part of Growing Communities' Patchwork Farm, Claire grows produce on a certified organic site in Stoke Newington. Alongside organic growing, she also teaches food growing and gardening workshops to children throughout East London.
Jack Wallington is a garden designer and writer based in Clapham, South London. He started growing food organically in a local community garden and has since expanded to his own allotment, now entering its third growing season. Jack has designed large vegetable gardens for families and organisations, including a productive community garden for Mencap Bromley on an acre of disused land.