The Challenge

Bioregional consider this to be the challenge we face globally in relation to Sustainable Food:

  • industrial agriculture produces food of uncertain quality and harms local ecosystems, while consumption of non-local food imposes high transport impacts

The Goals

Bioregional identify the following goals, set so we can all contribute to a common and ultimate goal:

  • to make it easy and attractive for people to enjoy fresh, local, seasonal, healthy produce
  • to promote diets high in vegetable protein
  • to promote sustainable farming which supports biodiversity and builds soil
  • to promote humane farming
  • to reduce or eliminate food waste

The Green Centre

Green Centre SUSTAINABLE FOOD actions

1. Local actions
Our starting point was to identify some simple ideas to include in our work on a daily basis:

In an effort to further our understanding about sustainable food we have engaged with Brighton and Hove Food Partnership:

  • in 2006 we participated in the Grow Your Neighbours Own scheme by sharing the Green Centre garden with local gardeners.
  • we developed a long and fruitful collaboration with the Craven Vale Children's Allotment sharing resources, running workshops and team building days. 
  • we explored square food gardening and companion planting and grew potatoes, onions, carrots, courgettes, squash, salad leaves, cucumbers, tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries (red and white), apples and a variety of herbs. 
  • we grew Comfrey to make plant food and introduced three different kinds of composting; cold composting, hot composting and a wormery.
  • we installed a sophisticated rainwater harvesting system which included a 750 litre tank and additional smaller tanks.
  • we ran food growing workshops for the local community and founded the Mile of Potatoes, a city wide growing project. 


2. National actions
On a national level we have focused our efforts on food waste:

3. Global actions
We are mindful of issues related to food security across the globe and focus our efforts on encouraging people to adopt a more sustainable plant based diet: