Here is a list of local, national and international organisations doing things useful for local food growing, whether they are sharing technical expertise, information or helping raise the profile of particular techniques or issues.
The Permaculture Association
CAT Centre for Alternative Technology
Growing Local is Going Local Based in Herefordshire, the Company offers educational, land based-courses and activities for children and adults. Also run a vegetable box scheme, delivering locally grown vegetables to schools, organisations and communities in the surrounding area. Aims to develop links between local growers and the community.
Denson Marston Nature Reserve A seven acre reserve situated between the River Aire and the Denso Marston factory in Shipley, West Yorkshire. Created for the benefit of wildlife, community enjoyment and education. An urban haven of woodland, meadows and pools with varied wildlife. Offer various activities and events such as wildlife walks, bat walks and bird listening.
Deen City Farm and Riding School Deen City Farm is an urban farm with an educational focus in the heart of the London Borough of Merton. They teach the local community about the rural environment and where their food comes from. Also have an active Volunteering programme as well as a Riding School offering affordable lessons.
Roots and Shoots Roots and Shoots provide vocational training for young people from mainly the London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark. Aim to give them the skills and self-confidence that will equip them for work. The charity was set up to help young people who have had difficulty coping in the traditional educational system spend a year learning and preparing for the world of work. Additionally they involve local schools and the wider community by establishing the site as an important green space for urban biodiversity.
Harlow Carr, Harrogate One of the four gardens owned by the Royal Horticulture Society that provide access to diverse plant collections, examples of innovative and attractive planting design and good horticultural practices. They all hold regular talks, demonstrations and walks.
Black Environment Network BEN works to enable full ethnic participation in the built and natural environment. The services, resources and expertise within the mainstream are enormous, in order to benefit fully, BEN believes ethnic participation must therefore be enabled to access everything that the mainstream has to offer. All their projects are developmental and strategic so to stimulate ethnic communities to participate.
Sutton Community Farm Sutton Community Farm is one of London’s largest community farms, a not-for-profit social enterprise growing fresh vegetables using organic principles, as well as providing a shared space for the local community to cultivate skills. Starting from an empty field, they are now a fully functioning farm that grew over 100,000 meals last year.
Freedom From Torture A registered charity which provides direct clinical services to survivors of torture who arrive in the UK. One of their forms of healing is by combining horticulture with psychotherapy which facilitates the growth and healthy development of Freedom from Torture clients. For some of the most physically and mentally damaged clients, being in the open and in touch with the elements can bring instant relief and can open the path to extraordinary change.
Community Composting Network Community Composting Network (CCN) is the UK-wide organisation that supports and promotes community groups, social enterprises and individuals which are involved in producing compost from green/food waste and using it in their local communities.
Stroudco Food Hub Stroudco Food Hub is a not-for-profit grocer bringing together an ever-expanding and exclusive range of locally produced artisan food, drinks and much more. It aims to give a better deal to people who sell local produce and consumers than the supermarkets do.
Northern Fruit Group The Northern Fruit Group is a membership based group of individuals interested in the growing of fruit. Ability ranges from amateur gardeners interested in fruit but having little knowledge through to professional fruit growers. The group ethos is one of sharing practical skills.