Common Ground organic food growing project
Common Ground is a celebration of organic food growing using sustainable practices. We bring people together in nature to cultivate and enjoy all the earth has to offer. It is a space to share stories, skills and edible delights.
It is more important than it has ever been for us to connect with our environment, our community, and our planet. We need to understand how we can sustainably and responsibly cultivate and protect our fragile ecosystem for future generations. We can do this if we come together as a global community to meet the challenges we face.
Common Ground is our contribution to this worldwide human mission. We offer a space to welcome migrants and refugees where they can feel safe and be a part of a local community whilst supporting a global movement.
What we do
- Our sessions run on a weekly basis and are shaped by the seasons. Throughout the year we will be sowing our seeds, propagating plants, saving seeds and selling our crops to market to raise funds for our project. As we grow our food we will deepen our understanding by trialing new ideas and when we harvest, we will cook together, eat and share our stories
- Other activities will be guided by the needs and desires of all our participants to encourage a space for creativity to experience different land-based activities from foraging to bushcraft
- We grow in harmony with our living planet finding the balance with our surrounding ecosystems based on the principles of permaculture.
Who we will be working with
In support of Brighton’s status as a city of sanctuary, we are working this year with groups from the migrant community. Behind the statistics and soundbites are real lives and real stories. We want to offer those who have been displaced a safe, welcoming space in nature where they can relax and share their skills and stories in a supportive and enabling community.
We are working in partnership with Voices in Exile to offer their clients common ground outside the city and to be part of our community in Stanmer.
Our hopes for this project is…
- To reconnect people to the earth, each other and the food we grow
- For everyone to share their knowledge of land-based practices through organic food growing, cooking and storytelling
- To offer a safe, welcoming space in nature to the migrant community
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