The benefits of growing food in and around towns and cities are well documented, but there are still multiple barriers that need to be addressed. There is limited access to land, and the training and start-up capital to support new enterprises is difficult to find. Planning policies can also limit the ability of peri-urban farmers to produce and sell more and diverse foods.
Local authorities have multiple avenues through which they could - and do - support the development of urban and peri-urban farming, but often this is piecemeal and not engrained in policy. The multi-partner, nation-wide Fringe Farming project presents policy recommendations and action plans that local authorities could use to join the dots to make local food growing a reality across the UK.
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