The East London Garden Society

Spitalfields City Farm Community Garden

Did you know?
There is a garden of only 0.16 acres (2.5 tennis courts) in the east end of London producing approximately 2,000 meals a month and the food produced is grown without chemicals and is completely environmentally sustainable, carbon neutral and grown using no mains water.
This garden, despite producing so much food, only costs £12,000 a year to run. We have raised £4,000 already but need £8,000 to run this wonderful garden this year.

If you support our campaign, not only are you enabling our local community to help each other but you can become part of our garden. We would love you to get involved in any way you can, whether as a regular volunteer, or simply by promoting our work on social media, such as Facebook and Twitter. So many of us know that poor quality food is destroying our health and destroying our countryside so why not donate £10 and inspire others to give as well. Your help would have such a massive impact.

Here are some great ways to get involved with the project and help out:
If you have:
2 minutes ‐ Sign up to our weekly newsletter, share us with your friends and make a donation.

5 minutes ‐ Visit our Facebook and post your suppor.

15 minutes ‐ Let everyone know about our work such as Local Councillors, Priests, Teachers, Imams, Rabbis, Lollypop Ladies. All these people can help and enable us to help more people.

30 minutes ‐ Visit the Community Garden. We are open 6 days a week, Tuesday through to Sunday all year.

A few hours ‐ Come and grow with us. Our running costs are low because we have a bank of amazing volunteers of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. You can grow food for your neighbour and let them grow food for you.

A regular time commitment ‐ There are lots of ways to support the garden. Perhaps you want to help look after the seedlings, manure the beds, assist with fundraising, promote our highly successful model, or perhaps inspire other people to reclaim control of their food chain.

What are the social and environmental issues that this project will address?
Do you wonder where your food comes from? Do you worry about your children’s diet? Did you know that in a 2013 BNF study, 29% of school children think cheese grows on trees!

Busy modern lives have isolated urban communities from food production. In the east end of London very few people have access to a garden. Traditional east end neighbourliness is on the decrease and food quality is decreasing. Working conditions for food producers are decreasing; up to 20,000 migrant workers are earning 20 Euros a day and living in shacks in Southern Spain to produce the fresh salad we crave twelve months a year. The social and environmental costs of food production are increasing. Meanwhile people are leading ever more sedentary lives with the associated illnesses such as arthritis, diabetes etc.

What are the statistics?
Food production not only creates poor working conditions but it often harms the environment too using lots of water, fuel and chemicals.

For example, growing and transporting a bag of supermarket salad uses 500 litres of water. We use none so if we produce 2,000 bags of salad a month we save 1 million litres of water.

What is the solution?
Community food growing could be a magic bullet to all these ills and gardening is an excellent source of exercise. The British public have a depth of knowledge and love for food growing; cottage gardens, allotments and DIG for Victory are all part of the British Heritage.

We run five Community Gardening sessions a week. The high skill levels, up to date organic growing methods and large amount of volunteer support make this garden twenty times more productive than an equally sized allotment. Volunteers get to harvest some of the finest food in London to take home and eat, and grow food for their fellow volunteers. People don’t just grow food, they grow the community too.

How we deliver this?
Delivery is simple. We have excellent volunteers and an experienced and qualified Organic Gardener. We run five weekly Community Gardening workshops during the daytime, evenings and weekends throughout the year. We just need funding for this to continue so that anyone can join in at any time and this project can continue to thrive. It could be a beacon for more community groups to see how cheaply and effectively they can empower their communities to grow food. This model is not just a short term tablet to major public health threats; we’re changing our food culture to one that feeds us and replenishes our environment.