Community food growing report

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The Cobra Collective is excited to launch its report on ‘Visual Storytelling about Community Food Growing‘ in collaboration with The Open University, Reading International Solidarity Centre, Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming.

The report emerges from the ‘Grassroots Visual Storytelling about Community Food-Growing’ project which investigated the expansion of community food growing initiatives during the Covid-19 crisis.

As part of the project, the Cobra Collective engaged community food growing participants and built their skills in digital visual storytelling to explore and promote their experiences of community food growing activities during the pandemic. The resulting participants’ videos, together with three new videos on community food growing initiatives in Reading and London produced by the Cobra Collective, are showcased here.

The report provides a highly engaging guide to the Participatory Action Research methods and the processes of digital storytelling used with participants, an outline of the key themes explored by participants’ stories and the wider policy and practical implications that emerged from these stories.

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Senior Lecturer - The Open University, UK

Andrea has more than 20 years’ experience in teaching, researching and building capacity for enabling sustainable communities. His work has engaged communities from the Borneo and Amazonian rainforests; the floodplains of the Mekong and the Guianas; the savannas of East Africa and Latin America; and the coastal regions of southern Italy and Wales. His main interests lie in facilitating grass roots approaches to ecological sustainability and social justice using an action learning process.