Everyday Growing Cultures

Everyday Growing Cultures project

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

15:30 to 20:30, The Showroom, Sheffield

Everyday Growing Cultures is a six month pilot study that focuses on the potentially transformative value of connecting two currently disparate communities: allotment growers and the open data community. Based on comparative research in Manchester and Sheffield, the project explores the potential effects of digital engagement and open data for allotment holders and those on waiting lists to build stronger, more active communities, benefit local economies and improve environmental sustainability and food security.

Since mid February we have run a number of events in Manchester and Sheffield, working with growing communities to identify potential food growing spaces. We have talked to local councils about taking some of our ideas forward and how this might take place. We have requested allotment data through the Freedom of Information Act. We have looked at how council websites provide information to potential plot holders. We are in the process of surveying people on waiting lists. We are making a film about the project to highlight these important issues.

With this public event we would like to share and discuss our findings with as many people as possible. So if you care about growing food in cities, please join us to discuss these issues! The event will run as follows:

15:30 – registration open

16:30 – 17:30  – Introduction to the project and the debate (prompt start)

17:30 – 17:45  – Showing of Everyday Growing Cultures project film

17:45 – 18:00  – Short break

18:00 – 19:30  – Free feature film! We are excited to include the award winning documentary Grown in Detroit to our programme. Click the link for info and trailer.

19:30 – 20:30  – Drinks reception

To register for this free event please follow this link:


From Ian Humphrey, Research Associate, Growing Cultures, University of Sheffield

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