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Urban Agriculture Consortium News
July 2022 
As UAC enters its third and final year of current core funding we’ve been looking back and looking forward at the things the Consortium has created together, how we tend the roots, shoots and fruits of what we have nurtured, ideas of legacy and what the emerging future is calling us to do next

Maddy has been to the Stir to Action Festival at Selgars Mill to explore food and the new economy and connect with people pioneering this work. This is helping how we shape proposals for council collaborations with community land trusts for the management of urban and peri-urban land for food. She’s also been to the Land Skills Fair!
Our latest news
WING #2

Our Wider Interest Network meeting on 8th June was well attended with participants from all over the UK, and an increasing number of local authority colleagues as well as food producers and practitioners, partnerships and academics. 

Momentum continues to grow. There is a strong foundation of support for what we are doing, the way we are doing it and the impact it is having. Watch the meeting below and don't forget to share with your colleagues.
Watch WING #2 on YouTube
Evaluation and Governance Reviews

Hilary from Coop Assistance Network carried out our governance review and presented it at the WING. We also shared some highlights from our light-touch partner evaluation survey. The reports are now available and give you a good sense of the positive impact we are making.
Click here to read the Evaluation Report
Click here to read the Governance Review
Community of food land mappers

Janie Bickersteth who set up the food land mappers community with Maddy last year will continue to support its development over the coming year supported by a small amount of funding from UAC. Our next online meeting will be in September and our November Policy Influencers Network Group (PING) will focus on this exciting open data food land mapping, looking at examples across the UK and ideas for linking up.
Contact us for more information
PINGs - Policy Influencers Network Meetings 
The next two PINGs are coming up on:

Wednesday 21 September at 2pm - Workshop session on Food Hubs, focussed on our Northern and Midlands pathfinder places, with the Open Food Network.
Thursday 17 November at 2pm - Mapping

PING and WING sessions are free to attend, and are for council officers & councillors at regional and local levels, for food partnership colleagues and interested academics: all are welcome.
Stir to Action Festival

Maddy encountered many amazing thinkers and doers at this year's Stir Festival - Playground for the New Economy, at Selgars Mill in Devon. We want to flag up two inspiring projects on food being led by Shared Assets and Stir to Action
Find out more about New Models for Farm Succession
Find out more about Alternative Models for Food in Oldham
The Land Skills Fair 2022

Maddy has also enjoyed the packed programme at the Land Skills Fair at Abbey Home Farm. Were you there too? Tell us your favourite bit.

Two (of many) highlights for Maddy were the workshop on Commoning  - a course in Bristol coming up in September and the Pit Biochar demo from ModStoves where we learnt about the incredible benefits of biochar to build soil life, sequester carbon and retain water - and everyone can make it!
Visit the Land Skills Fair website
News from the field
Event today - Markets as a tool for community wealth building

An online round table discussion for local authority officers with an interest in inclusive economies, exploring how markets can support them.
Click here for more information
Mapping Food Land across Northern Ireland for the first time
 
UAC is supporting an exciting collaboration between Social Farms and Gardens Northern Ireland (SF&G - NI) and Land Explorer (Lx - a Digital Commons tool). This grew from the mappers community when our SF&G partners were looking for a way to map food land opportunities across NI, and saw that Lx has no NI data. So this collaboration will extend Lx into Northern Ireland, enabling all collaborating NI local authorities to begin to create a joined up picture of food land opportunities across NI. 
Find out more in this great blog from Shared Assets
Regather receives new funding

Our collaborator in Sheffield is delighted to be one of ten amazing international projects being supported by The Co-op Foundation Carbon Innovation Fund. More information will be shared as the two year project gets underway in August 2022.
Read more about the Carbon Innovation Fund
When planning is anti-progress: Middle Ground Growers latest blog 

We want to share with you this very moving account of the ongoing tortuous experience of one small, dynamic and pioneering agroecological enterprise on the edge of Bath. 
 
It highlights some of the critical, urgent reforms that are needed if we are to prevent the serious food shortages and worsening nutritional insecurity that is coming fast around the corner. Thanks to Hamish and co at Middle Ground Growers for all their amazing work, persistence and resilience. No doubt many present and future growers will reap the benefits of your struggles. 

Please send a message of solidarity and support to middlegroundgrowers@outlook.com.Thanks.
Read Hamish's blog here
New farmer-led video resources

Northern Real Farming Conference has just launched a series of farmer-led video resources which focus on regenerative farming principles and techniques and how they make business sense and reduce inputs. The first in the collection cover regenerative grazing, wool-based enterprises, reducing soya inputs and no-till arable. More videos will be added over the next few weeks.
Watch the latest videos here
Click here to join the network
Relocalising food systems in Wales (paid for by the Government!)
 

Social Farms & Gardens are leading two partnership projects funded by the Welsh government. Resilient Green Spaces is pilot alternative re-localised food systems using communities and their green spaces as the driving force for change across Wales. Our two pilot “Sustainable Procurement Food Hubs”, in Carmarthenshire and Powys, will work with local, small-scale growers to supply the public sector.
Find out more on the SF&G website
Discover...

Black Mountains College in Wales has all kinds of courses, events and experiences looking at building skills and orientating us to the future.

See a full list of courses here
Click here to buy tickets
Coming up
PINGs - Policy Influencers Network Meetings 
The next two PINGs are coming up on:

Wednesday 21 September at 2pm - Workshop session on Food Hubs, focussed on our Northern and Midlands pathfinder places, with the Open Food Network
Thursday 17 November at 2pm - Mapping

PING and WING sessions are free to attend, and are for council officers & councillors at regional and local levels, for food partnership colleagues and interested academics: all are welcome.
We also have a full programme lined up for the autumn which will include sessions on: More details to follow in August. 

That's all for now!
Since 2020, Urban Agriculture Consortium (UAC) has been bringing people together to co-create the conditions for urban and peri-urban agroecology to thrive, as part of an integrated, resilient, & just food system for the UK.
Find all the latest information on our website:
 https://www.urbanagriculture.org.uk/

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