by Gabor Sass
Well, Friends of Urban Agriculture London (FUAL for short) certainly thinks so. But we are not alone. There is a revival of interest in all things agrarian in our city as attested by the mushrooming of farmers markets, innovative restaurants and stores featuring a mixture of local, organic, or vegan foods and backyard as well as community gardens.
Naturally, London’s food future will always depend on food that is grown in its hinterlands (and beyond) but more and more so, it will also depend on the food that will be grown within its boundaries. The benefits of growing food within cities are endless. Urban agriculture not only provides us with healthy, organically grown food, but it helps in building stronger communities, puts vacant and underutilized (e.g. lawns) lands to productive use, provides educational opportunities to young and old on our food system, and cuts down on carbon emissions.
While there are so many exciting new initiatives (e.g. Wood Street Park Food Forest) as well as old tested institutions such as the community gardens program in London, we believe there is a great need for an organization that can act as a connector to all that is going on in Urban Agriculture. FUAL was formed to help in connecting people, projects and policy.
Here are the specific goals FUAL is hoping to achieve in the near future:
Our work is just beginning and we could definitely use lots of help in making FUAL an organization that serves its functions well. We hope you join us.