Digital Storytelling and Community Food Growing initiative 2021-22
An action research project exploring the benefits of urban food growing by using digital storytelling tools.
The Digital Storytelling and Community Food Growing initiative started in Spring 2021 and is a collaboration between The Open University, Cobra Collective, Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) and Capital Growth.
Growers in London, Reading and other UK cities were invited to participate in a course facilitated by the Cobra Collective team and supported to create their own digital stories. Participants gained skills in digital visual storytelling whilst also exploring the transformative power of urban community food growing. Participants explore and describe in their short films how growing food in their cities has created community resilience, a sense of collaboration and inclusion and extended their social networks during the pandemic and beyond.
We encourage community growing spaces and groups to share, screen, and discuss these stories, as well as generate new stories by taking the online module.
The stories gathered from the action research project so far have demonstrated how community food growing initiatives provide crucial social assets in our urban communities through their cooperative and socially resilient practices. They also delve into how gardens adapted and responded to the challenges of the pandemic and could respond to future disruptions.
As the project comes to an end, the team has been visiting some of the gardens that participated in the course to evaluate how community gardens’ activities influence collective and sustainable practices and how they could play a transformative role in people’s lives. We’ll be publishing the findings in July 2022.
Contact us here to find out more about the project.
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Capital Growth is a project of Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming.