In partnership with the Landworkers' Alliance, Shared Assets, and peri-urban farmers in Bristol, Sheffield, Glasgow and London, UK NGO Sustain has launched a series of Peri-urban Farmers' Forums to engage and learn with farmers and growers based in or on the outskirts of urban areas (otherwise known as the “peri-urban”).
The second of these forums is focused on ‘access to finance’ for peri-urban growers. The forum will discuss the issues surrounding access to financial support, informed by the contributions of growers, representatives of funding bodies, and campaigners. The aim of the forum is to encourage farmer-to-farmer exchanges of finance solutions, create dialogue between farmers and organisations which provide finance and funding opportunities , and develop discussion for necessary policy change to support viable peri-urban agroecological farming.
Speakers confirmed so far include:
- Jyoti Fernandes, Campaigns and Policy Coordinator for the Landworkers' Alliance
- Marlene Barrett, co-op member, OrganicLea community growers
- Robert Fraser, Executive Director of Real Farming Trust / Loans for Enlightened Agriculture Programme (LEAP)
- Georgie Styles, New Entrants Campaigns Officer for the Landworkers' Alliance
Register here. The forum takes place on 28 July 2021 at 6-8pm BST.