Report: Community Grown Food in Wales – 2012
Community Supported Agriculture [CSA], community gardens, allotment gardening and activities relating to communal food growing in schools
Excerpts from the Report
In 2010 the Welsh Government commissioned the Wales Rural Observatory to undertake a review to identify what could be done to promote and encourage ‘Community Growing’ in Wales. This research report provides an in-depth examination of current activities relating to the production and distribution of ‘community grown food’ in Wales, focusing specifically on four areas of activity, namely Community Supported Agriculture [CSA], community gardens, allotment gardening and activities relating to communal food growing in schools. As well as highlighting existing best practice, the research sought to identify existing barriers to the adoption of community grown food activities, drawing on detailed analyses of interview and survey data.
Nine key recommendations flow from the research findings:
1. The Welsh Government should provide strategic leadership in promoting and supporting community growing activities in Wales. This will also involve working in partnership with local authorities and other relevant organisations, both at a national and local level, to develop and realise the potential of community growing in Wales.
2. There is a need for joined-up policy responses to the findings presented in this report. It is clear that community growing activities have relevance to a broad range of Welsh Government policy areas, including education and skills, health and physical activity, housing, planning, community regeneration, sustainable development, social justice and social
3. Local authorities should develop formal strategies for community growing, with formal linkages made to local authority strategic plans, land
use planning policies and other policies and strategies.