Everyday Growing Cultures was a six-month pilot study that, between mid February and mid August 2013, focused on the potentially transformative value of connecting two currently disparate communities: allotment growers and the open data community. Based on comparative research in Manchester and Sheffield, the project explores the potential effects of digital engagement and open data for allotment holders and those on waiting lists to build stronger, more active communities, benefit local economies and improve environmental sustainability and food security.
In partnership with Open Data Manchester, The Kindling Trust and Grow Sheffield, we have run a number of events in Manchester and Sheffield, with growing communities to identify potential food growing spaces. We have talked to local councils about taking some of our ideas forward and how this might take place. We have requested allotment data through the Freedom of Information Act and looked at how council websites provide information to potential allotment plot holders. We are in the process of surveying people on waiting lists and have made a film, Everyday Growing Futures, highlighting these important issues.
To get in touch, please email Farida Vis at everydaygrowingcultures[at]gmail[dot]com.