Based in Hackney, Growing Communities is an innovative social enterprise working to develop a greener, more sustainable supply chain for food.
Founded in 1993, the scheme is managed by a volunteer committee providing the local community with sustainable solutions to the current long supply chain. These include:
The company has two city gardens open to visitors and an eco-building at its Allen Gardens site which is available for hire. Community development is integral to the company which relies on support from the local community who volunteer to help grow, prepare and package the produce at the city gardens.
From July 2006, Growing Communities is open to school visits providing an informative tour of the gardens where pupils can learn about and get first hand experience of organic farming.