In partnership with Sustain, Shared Assets, and peri-urban farmers in Bristol, Sheffield, Glasgow and London, the Landworkers Alliance is launching a series of Peri-Urban Practitioners Forums to engage and learn from farmers and growers based in or on the outskirts of urban areas (otherwise known as the “peri-urban”). The forums are aimed at practicing peri-urban farmers and those seeking to establish themselves as peri-urban growers. They aim to provide a space for farmer-to-farmer learning for peri-urban agriculturalists, and to learn of the challenges that peri-urban farmers are currently facing. These findings will shape a series of policy recommendations that will be presented to central and local government.
These forums are part of the Fringe project, a research project examining issues facing peri-urban agriculturalists. The project is a collaboration with partners across the UK (Sustain, Shared Assets, Landworkers’ Alliance Bristol Food Producers, Glasgow Community Food Network, and ShefFood) to understand the barriers to, and identify opportunities for agroecological farming at the edge of urban areas. The project is working with local stakeholders in four Sustainable Food Places (Bristol, London, Sheffield and Glasgow) to identify land and develop local actions, and national policy recommendations to enable agroecological farming, as part of a green economic recovery, and to help address the impacts of the COVID pandemic, Brexit, and the climate and ecological emergencies.
We had our first Peri-Urban Forum on Thursday 15th April on Access To Land and a recording of the forum can be found here. The second forum was on Wednesday 28th July and covered Access To Finance – a recording of the forum can be found here.
To shape the direction of future Peri-Urban forums, please fill in this questionnaire on your experiences and interests as an urban grower or someone looking to establish themselves in a peri-urban setting.