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Following Hackney’s poor showing in both last year's and this year's Good Food for London report, Sustainable Hackney has helped to form a new Hackney Food Partnership. This will bring together groups and individuals interested in food issues to help create a more healthy and sustainable food system and aims to encourage and support action throughout the borough.

Cllr. Sophie Linden, Hackney Council cabinet member with responsibility for leading on sustainability issues, told the Hackney Citizen "It is disappointing to be so low down the league table as we are very committed to many of the elements that make up this report". Please email Cllr. Sophie Linden to ask why the council is not committed to all the elements of the report and to find out exactly what the council will be doing to ensure the borough moves up the league table!

The positive impact of some boroughs' initiatives is illustrated well in a five-page feature in the March 2012 edition of the the influential Cost Sector Caterer magazine - see pages 20 to 24

We aim to build on what is going well, such as the many local food growing initiatives, and address a wider range of issues such as ethical, healthy and sustainable food procurement, promotion of local shops and markets, development of supportive planning policies, and food poverty.

Ways of developing a more localised and improved food sector could be through Scaling Up the Community Food Sector and forming mutually beneficial relationships between community enterprises and private businesses - an approach explored in a report of July 2012, commissioned by Making Local Food Work. An appendix to the report gives detailed case studies from the UK and further afield, the nearest being Newham's Community Food Enterprise (CFE), and these will hopefully provide inspiration.



Hackney Food Grower's Network

People interested in Food

Hackney Food Map

Food Events


24 TED talk videos about food issues

Building Local Food Systems: a Handbook

Casserole Club

City and Hackney health and wellbeing profile (joint strategic needs assessment)

The City Planter - magazine for urban gardeners

Community orchards: How to guide

CPRE local foods publications

Edible Geography and Food: An Atlas

Food entrepreneurship's role in the economy

FoodSave - helping small and medium-sized food businesses prevent food waste and to divert surplus food to good purposes

Food waste hierarchy


GLA report on child hunger and food poverty 

Good food for London - London Food Link

Hackney Sustainable Food Charter (draft) 

Healthier Catering Commitment

Is eating local good for the climate? Thinking beyond food miles


Making Local Food Work

Map of London’s breweries

Modern Farmer

A guerilla gardener in South Central LA - “We gotta flip the script on what a gangsta is — if you ain’t a gardener, you ain’t gangsta.”

The School Food Plan

Sustainable seafood guide 

Sustain’s Food Legacy Pledge

Sustain's Jellied Eel magazine 

UK Food Statistics Pocketbook 2012

Local Organisations

Edible Forest Garden

Edible Landscapes London


Growing Communities

Hackney Allotment Society

Hackney City Farm

Hackney Harvest

Hackney Permaculture

Made In Hackney

North London Master Gardeners

Organic Lea


The People's Kitchen

St Mary's Secret Garden

Other Organisations

Capital Growth - London's food growing network

Children's Food Trust

Community Food Growers Network

Eat Seasonably 

eat the seasons

Food Ethics Council

Food for Life Partnership

Forage London

London Orchard Project

London Permaculturalists Ning

London Permaculture Network

Marine Stewardship Council

Plan Zheroes

Real Bread Campaign

School Food Plan network

Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming 

Sustainable Food Cities 

Sustainable Restaurant Association


This is Rubbish 

Tristram Stuart on food waste


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Comment by Candida Stanley on March 20, 2014 at 18:10

Thank you for a really interesting meeting yesterday 

Comment by Kathryn Packer on January 12, 2014 at 14:57

There are some big planters at Netil Market, near London Fields just waiting for someone to give them some TLC and grow something lovely.

If you are interested in this allotment type opportunity contact Sarah who runs the market or

Comment by John Little on June 25, 2013 at 19:47

6 new food growing spaces and nearly 40 new food growers now on Clapton park estate.  Meeting Tuesday at the Cow bridge about the 7th.  Great place to work, great people to work with.

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