Growing Food for Resilience - Stories from community gardens responding to the cost of living crisis

A Sustain event, Webinar
06/03/2023 14:00 15:30

Volunteers at a community garden. Credit: Manal Massalha

We welcome you to this event to launch Good to Grow Day 2023. Join us to hear from people working at the frontline to build resilience into their local communities.



Community gardens and growing projects have proved time and again just how valuable they are to their local communities: homes for wildlife; sanctuaries from busy urban life; a space to build friendships; somewhere to learn a new skill; and the source of nourishing, diverse, and affordable food.

As food insecurity has intensified in recent years, many community gardens have stepped in and redefined their role in the community. From developing or strengthening relationships with mutual aid networks, box schemes and food banks in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, they continue to find new ways to get fresh, healthy food to their local communities whilst the cost-of-living crisis forces more people into food poverty. Beyond providing a source of fresh fruit and veg, these gardens and growing projects are building resilience and crucial support networks into their local communities.

We are pleased to invite you to this webinar to celebrate the vital role of community gardens. This event will launch Good to Grow Day 2023, and we welcome gardens across the UK to sign up, join the celebration, and start to plan how they’ll welcome local communities into their spaces between 21st and 24th April. 

Join us to hear about some of the initiatives that gardens, and networks of gardens, have set up to improve access to their produce, and have the chance to ask your own questions.


Chair: Richard Choksey, Social Farms and Gardens


  • Hannah Leigh Mackie, Granville Community Kitchen
  • Gemma Birley, Cambridge Sustainable Food
  • Darren Squires, Hull Food Partnership
  • Andrea Berardi, Cobra Collective


Thank you so much for your interest in this event. We would just like to take this opportunity to remind you that we are a diverse and inclusive community, so please bear this in mind when you attend. For example, avoid using cultural references outside your own sphere of experience and be considerate of other people’s points of view. We’re looking forward to having an open and respectful conversation with you all.