Food Sovereignty Gathering in the UK this October

Since our last energising national gathering in 2012, the food sovereignty movement in the UK has grown with hundreds of projects thriving across the UK. It is time to gather again, share the amazing progress we have made over the past few years and plan perspectives for the future.

This is a call out for you to save the date and join us for four days of discussions, organising, skill sharing and action planning. All aimed at strengthening the movement for a democratic, sustainable and fair food system in the UK and globally.

The plans so far:

When: October 23-26 2015
Where: Hebden Bridge/Todmorden (West Yorkshire HX7)

Sign up above and we’ll keep you up to date with the plans.  Details of a suggested donation towards event costs and food will be released when we have a clearer idea of things.

We are planning four days of discussions, organising, skill sharing and action planning aimed at strengthening the movement for a democratic, sustainable and fair food system in the UK and globally.

This event will be about planning the future of the movement for food sovereignty in the UK. We want to:

  • Celebrate the strengths of the food sovereignty movement
  • Build a community of friends and networks
  • Be inclusive to people who have not yet engaged with food sovereignty
  • Agree a set of targets and policies to focus on as movement
  • To create representative, diverse and fair structures with which we can make decisions with as a movement

More details of this event will be confirmed later on in 2015. Sign up now and then we’ll keep you in touch with the plans and developments.

Any questions: Contact

For updates visit:

Climate Camp in the Rhineland Coal Fields

Call Out to the Climate Camp in the Rhineland Coal Fields 07. – 17.08.2015


How to stop Climate Change:

1| Come to the Climate Camp:

(Climate) Camps are the heart of the climate movement. There will be workshops, action trainings, discussions, building windmills, music. Here we breathe the sweet scent of change and feel that we can empower ourselves to build a social, just and ecological society!

2| End Coal – at the right time at the right place!

The Rhineland lignite mining area with its 5 dirty power plants and 3 open cast mines is the biggest source of emissions in Europe. Here we can grab evil by its roots: Here we can stop coal exploitation! Take part in the actiondays of Ende Gelände (14. – 16.08.)!

3| Take part in the Degrowth Summer School at the Climate Camp

The degrowth and climate justice summer school is a project following the international Degrowth Conference in Leipzig 2014. Here concrete approaches will be developed to practically and politically implement Degrowth.

4| Don’t trust the authorities nor the COPs: Time to change things yourself!

We take responsibilty to fight for climate justice worldwide. We build up alternative projects and resist against destructive industries. Let’s work together! Together we are struggling against the capitalist and growth based system – System Change not Climate Change!

5| Refugees Welcome!

Storms, droughts and floods which are caused by climate change destroy the livelihood of many people. To fight against climate change also means to fight for the good life and in solidarity with the affected. For a world where people can decide freely where to go or stay!

As regards to risks and courses of action, ask your affinity- or local political group!


Community Food Growers Network Summer Gathering

CFGN Summer Gathering 2015

Organiclea, Hawkwood plant nursery, 115 Hawkwood Crescent, Chingford, E4 7UH (Directions here)

Sunday 28th June


For more information/questions email

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The Community Food Growers Network has four seasonal gatherings a year where growers meet to garden together, share skills, have lunch, see different food projects, and discuss ways to act together on relevant issues.

This year’s summer gathering will be held by one of the network’s founding members-  Organiclea at their 12-acre Hawkwood nursery site in the Lea valley.

The summer gathering is the most social one of the year- and a great chance to meet community food growers and find out more about how the network supports each others projects whether you’re looking for land or an old hand!

*** Growers are invited to bring produce to sell on the market stall as it is the monthly Organiclea open day.

Please contact Kristen on 020-8524-4994 or by Thursday 25th of June to find out more and express interest. ***

The plan for the day is:

12-1.30pm: 10 year salad rotation skill-share

Ru from Organiclea will lead a session on considerations for designing a salad rotation leading into a practical task on the Hawkwood salad terrace.

1-1.30pm: Wholesome Food Association workshop

Established in 1999, the Wholesome Food Association is a network of growers, processors, suppliers and distributors of authentic, locally-grown, wholesome food. Our ethos is based on affordability, good growing practice, trust and common sense.

Come and talk to Tess of the WFA to find out more and see if the WFA is right for you.


1.30-2.15pm: Lunch

Growers often bring food to share and celebrate harvests!

2-2.30pm: Introduction to CFGN & Community Food News

A short discussion about why and how the network of community gardens works, how to get involved and future plans.

Sharing news from different community food project and introduction to members.

2.30pm: John Clare site tour

A tour of the 12 acre site around the orchard, bee hives, salad terrace, greenhouse, vineyard with a John Clare twist! John Clare was a 19th century poet who has the acclaim of, “the greatest labouring-class poet that England has ever produced. No one has ever written more powerfully of nature, of a rural childhood, and of the alienated and unstable self”. (Jonathan Bate)

3pm – 4pm Slam poetry session

A first for a CFGN gathering; bring a poem to share if you fancy!

Solidarity still needed at Yorkley Court Community Farm – What you can do

Residents of Yorkley Court Community Farm would like to say a huge THANK YOU for the support & solidarity received so far…


For the last two and a half years people have been occupying land at Yorkley Court in Forest of Dean, with the aim of establishing a sustainable community farm. The land ownership has been contested due to a complex and unique scenario in the farm’s history.

On the 26th February, a judge granted a possession order to an un-liked local millionaire property developer. A timeframe for eviction was given.

The house has been taken over by Brian Bennet and the other areas of the land are still being defended.

Yorkley Court Community Farm has been (and still is) an inspiring example of reclaim the fields, bringing to light issues & putting into practice food sovereignty, agroecology, access to land, permaculture, anarchism, collective living & more… It is a site of struggle that needs your solidarity.

What you can do:

  • Get to the site on the 12th March at midday. The date for the full eviction attempt.
  • Donate via this link. Funds are needed urgently:
  • Visit & stay at Yorkley Court. Every day is unpredictable. There are many practical jobs, from building to cooking, even just making cups of tea & listening is a very welcomed thing!
  • Participate in the Activist Training Skill Share and Workshop Camp that has been organised. Everyone with a passion to learn or a skill to share are welcome to join us, please email if you would like to offer a workshop. Confirmed workshops include:
  • Climbing and Rope work training – every day from 10am
  • Building skill share – every day all day
  • Legal Observer Training – Sunday 8th
  • Contribute something that is on the wish list:
  • Bedding
  • Tents
  • Tarps
  • Tin Food
  • Waterproof Boots
  • Climbing Equipment
  • Polly Prop rope
  • Candles
  • Cammo Net
  • Jerry Can
  • Sand+Gravel+Cement
  • People
  • Spread the word about Yorkley Court Community Farm. Encourage your friends & comrades to visit:  or like YorkleyCourtCF on facebook. Follow @yorkleycourt on twitter. Spread the infographic here:

Information for people coming:

  • Bring sensible clothes, sleeping stuff and tents.
  • If you need financial support to be able to visit please email – we really appreciate all visitors & will do our best to cover your costs if needed.
  • You are welcome to interact with the emerging situations in anyway you feel comfortable (in terms of resisting eviction & securing the site). We reject problematic divisions of labour. All support is appreciated.

Contact Details:

Facebook: YorkleyCourtCF
Phone Number: 07522025889
Twitter: @yorkleycourt



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