Capacity building for food justice in England: The contribution of charity-led community food initiatives

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Abstract

This paper discusses the extent to which charity-led initiatives can contribute to capacity building for food justice in England. The paper draws on evaluations of two projects run by the charity Garden Organic: the Master Gardener Programme, operating a network of volunteers who mentor households, schools and community groups to support local food growing, and the Sowing New Seeds programme, which engages “Seed Stewards” to work with communities to encourage the growing and cooking of “exotic” crops. Based on qualitative data about peoples’ motivations for participation and the benefits that are experienced, we interpret these projects as examples of capacity building for food justice. We suggest that whilst currently depoliticised, the “quiet” process of reskilling and awareness raising that occurs through shared gardening projects could have transformative potential for people’s relationship with food. Finally, we use our findings to raise critical questions and propose future research about food justice concepts and practices. Publisher Statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Local Environment on 24th October 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13549839.2016.1245717
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)621-634
Number of pages14
JournalLocal Environment
Volume22
Issue number5
Early online date24 Oct 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Food justice
  • community food initiative
  • capacity building

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