Roots to Work Event


In 2018 our sell out Roots to Work conference, brought together those already working and those looking to develop careers or enterprises in the food growing sector. Building on the success of the conference, we launched a successful Roots to Work job search site to showcase the range of good food jobs in one handy place.

Thanks to the partnership with the Gaia Foundation and the We Feed the World exhibition, we were able to widen our focus to all those working or interested in finding their place in the field of good food. 

Book now to guarantee your place and workshop choice

Previous programme

Registration 11:00am

Opening Plenary 11:20 - 12:15

Speakers followed by panel Q&A

  • Claire Pritchard (Chair, London Food Board) Why good food enterprises are important for London
  • Kerry Rankine (Growing Communities) – Routes to market: the importance of alternative retail
  • Speaker TBC - Making a living from the land 
  • Ren Piercey (The Castle Garden, Feedback) - A growing apprentice's perspective
  • Maddie Guerlain (Sustain) – Creating a good food movement

Morning Workshops 12:15 – 1:30

  • Starting a growing enterprise with trade at the forefront Q&A, Kerry Rankine (Dagenham Farm)
  • How to get started in good food: traineeships, accreditation and volunteering, Sophie Verhagen (Growing Communities), Clare Joy, Gary Leeder (OrganicLea)
  • The how’s and why's of starting an ethical food business, Harriet Symes (Kings Cross Impact Hub)
  • Governance and set up models for good food enterprise, Claire Pritchard (London Food Board)

Lunch 1:30 - 2:30

  • Vegetarian lunch served (bring your own reusable mug/cup for hot/cold drinks)
  • Growing enterprise competition
  • Meet other growers

Zooming in on the Future 1:30 – 3:45

  • Book a 15 minute 1:1 for advice on getting your career started from Amber Alferoff (Social Farms & Gardens)

Afternoon Workshops 2:30 – 3:45

  • Embedding resilience in new and existing projects, Ian Solomon-Kawall (May Project Gardens, CFGN)
  • Working with schools and young people, Cassie Liversidge (Grow Your Own playground)
  • Scaling up and diversifying income streams, Nat Mady (Hackney Herbal) and Claire Pritchard (London Food Board)
  • Freelancing in the good food sector Intros and Q&A panel, Janelle Conn (Capital Growth, Groundwork), Julie Smith (Skip Garden, Capital Growth), Fran Bernhardt (Made in Hackney, WEN)

Wrap-up & Feedback 3:45 - 4.00

Networking & view exhibition 4-5pm

note: there will be hot water facilities, tea and coffee, but please bring you own reusable cup/mug for hot/cold drinks – only very limited biodegradable cups will be provided.

Who’s this for?

This is for people working or looking to find work in the good food sector, this day of speakers, workshops and events will inspire and support you on your journey.


£25 for Capital Growth members £20 for London Food Link paying supporters; £50 for the general public. We also have a limited number of bursaries available and early birds get 20% off with code EarlyBirdRoots. If you have any questions please contact


Capital Growth

Capital Growth is London's Food Growing Network, with over 2000 members. Whether you are growing at home, as part of an allotment, in a community group or school you can join for free to receive benefits such as discounts, advice and monthly enewsletters.

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