Community food growing report

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The report 'Visual Storytelling about Community Food Growing' emerges from an investigation of the expansion of community food growing initiatives during the Covid-19 crisis. 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.

Radically hopeful cooperation in community food-growing

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In March-April 2022, the course on ‘Visual Storytelling about Community Food-Growing’ held its third and final instalment. Six participants of the cohort made engaging video stories; many more exchanged their experiences in the discussions. This post gives an overview of the insights gained, before introducing each story.

Digital Storytelling about Community Food Growing Project: Second Insights from autumn 2021 course

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Visual stories developed through the Grassroots Visual Storytelling about Community Food-Growing’ course encompassed a diverse range of initiatives, many of them different than community gardens. The films give an inside view of how food-growing initiatives have dealt with participants’ difficulties and inspirations; they elicit diverse feelings, firstly from the storytellers themselves and then from those who have seen their visual stories.

“We feel at home” at the Calthorpe: Community garden volunteers share their experiences

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Screening short films made by participants in various community-gardens in London stimulated a discussion about volunteers’ experiences, especially getting to know different kinds of people, sharing their skills, feeling more healthy, and spreading cultivation more widely. These benefits had special importance during the Covid-19 pandemic when many people otherwise faced social isolation.

Community food growing helps build the future differently: An invitation to tell your visual story

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Starting in September 2021, we are recruiting a second cohort of participants for a collaborative digital-storytelling project organised in partnership with The Open University, Sustain and RISC. The autumn 2021 course will focus on how community food growing has built community resilience, as a potential means to bypass and contest the dominant agro-industrial model of food production.

Digital Storytelling about Community Food Growing Project: First Insights

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As part of the ‘Digital storytelling about group food growing’ project, participants in London and Reading have explored their experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic in a ‘Grassroots Visual Storytelling about Community Food-Growing’ course which began in spring 2021.