Locally grown food supports the local economy and also assists with food security, thus helping ‘future proof’ the local area with regard to pressures on food and other essentials.
The Welsh Government's
Community Grown Food Action Plan estimates that the food
chain accounts for 31% of greenhouse gas emissions within the
The benefits of community grown food include reduced carbon
emissions at every stage from 'plot to plate' typically including
reduced use of fertilisers and chemicals in production;
reduced 'food miles' - the distance that produce travels from
where it is grown to where it is bought - and reduced food
packaging which helps to reduce waste and landfill.
Many groups and organisations get involved in projects around
food. As well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions food-growing
projects can be educational, great for physical health and
mental well-being and very rewarding. You don't need a large space
- a yard, balcony or even window-sills - will produce more than you
If you are just getting started, the
Soil Association provides a month-by-month guide of the
key tasks needed for successful growing.
For groups wanting to take on slightly larger projects, please
also see our Community Gardens and Growing