Why local food?
Consumption of local food contributes to the local economy by supporting local farmers. ‘Growing local’ can make the link between food production and food consumption more transparent and can help create a sense of community.
Can we grow food on campus?
Warwick Allotment Society is one way of engaging with growing local food for the University of Warwick community. Founded in 2011, Warwick Allotment Society took over management of a growing space on campus established in 2009. Since then Warwick Allotment Society has been growing in earnest! Helped in the summer of 2012 with a grant from NUS’ Student Eats (funded by the Big Lottery’s Local Food Scheme).
Warwick Allotment Society now has a dozen raised beds, a 10m x 4.5m polytunnel, cold frames, and lots of essential equipment. They meet regularly to cultivate the land (Wednesdays from 2pm) but also to socialise. Last year, members organised two road trips to visit community-growing projects, all paid for with society money, and they scheduled the occasional workshop and speaker events. Since May last year, they have sold produce through the Warwick University Food Co-op that trades every Tuesday afternoon in term time (12pm-5pm) in the Student Union Atrium.
They are always looking for new recruits who are interested in agricultural politics and plant science or just regular and invigorating study breaks, not to mention wheelbarrow loads of low carbon, organic produce!