Community food projects
There are over 70 community food projects across Brighton & Hove where anyone can get involved in food growing with other people. Regular volunteer sessions take place during the week and at weekends, all year round. Most growing projects run on a drop in basis with a flexible time commitment. About 30 community projects are on allotment sites, the rest are in parks, gardens, orchards and other public spaces across the city.
- Brighton & Hove Organic Gardening Group at Weald allotments
- Whitehawk Community Food Project at Whitehawk allotments
- Moulsecoomb Forest Garden at Moulsecoomb Place allotments
- Many other community allotments exist on sites across the city
Community gardens are also great places to learn about food growing, cook and eat fresh produce and meet new people. If you would like to volunteer with one of them, or want to chat about which project might be right for you, Brighton & Hove Food Partnership can offer you advice.
Some of the local projects
Plot 22 - ‘A little oasis in Brighton & Hove’
Nature space, allotment garden, meeting circle and place to learn.
It can be hard to feel close to nature living in a busy city. Plot 22 is a place nearby where you can be surrounded by a living environment. It is a place to put your hands in the soil and connect with the land, or simply take time to notice the seasons and their changes affecting us and everything we experience. Plot 22 hosts activities for groups and individuals to plant, tend, harvest, create, share, eat and celebrate together. People say that just being there helps them feel relaxed and refreshed. To find out more about how you can get involved see visit the plot 22 website or get in touch with Emma at firstname.lastname@example.org | 07717 467 862
Plot 103 at Weald Allotments
Plot 103 offers a chance to practice horticulture, cooking and literature. Workshops generally focus on the process of growing food and on writing about the crops grown. Recent sessions have included tasting and writing about unusual forms of allotment preserves (pickles, fruit butters and curds) and exploring drying, salting and over-wintering as ways of conserving crops.
Plot 103 works mainly with small groups or individuals who wish to learn to grow and cook food for themselves. Email email@example.com to find out about current workshops or to request a bespoke session for new writers/new growers or those new to cooking from scratch.
A Band of Brothers
A Band of Brothers runs a community allotment on top of Whitehawk Hill. The charity supports young men aged 16-21 to make a healthy transition to adult life. 32 young men have gone through the programme, some of whom have been very active on the allotment. A Band of Brothers also trains adult men to become mentors for the young men and there are now over 40 adult men involved in the project. A long term aim with the allotment is to support young men in setting up a veg box scheme for their families and the local community. Please visit the A Band of Brothers website for more information or to recommend a young man.
More practical advice
If you are interested in local gardening tips, courses and more, these local organisations may be able to help:
- Brighton & Hove Allotment Federation for advice on working your plot
- Brighton & Hove Organic Gardening Group (BHOGG) for useful guides, 'how-to's and seasonal advice from the 'garden gnome'
- Brighton Permaculture Trust for courses and events such as fruit-tree pruning, grafting and more
- The Garden House Brighton for events and training courses on growing your own and more, plus the 'lost the plot' blog
- Brighton and Hove Food Partnership is a hub for information, inspiration and connection around food. Information about food events and training, seasonal recipes, support for community food projects and monthly tips on what to do in your plot now
- Plumpton College provides a wide range of land-based courses including horticulture, garden deisgn
- Community food project open days are listed in our Events Diary (search by keyword "allotment")