The Whitehawk Community Food Project is entirely run by local volunteers!
The WCFP was created in response to Agenda 21, a global initiative in sustainable development and local food production that originated at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992.
In 1994 BriCes, a charity funded by Brighton & Hove City Council, provided an acre of scrub and brambles adjacent to Whitehawk Hill Allotments to 3 enthusiastic volunteers for the creation of a community food project.
The one acre site on Whitehawk Hill has been a treasured community asset since its inception and has helped hundreds of local residents gain access to organic fresh local food.
Many volunteers have learnt new skills that have improved their access to employment and further education.
Local primary schools have visited us to learn about horticulture and attend forest schools.
Special needs education providers and local mental health services have particularly appreciated our calm and welcoming drop-in sessions.
And then unfortunately, in 2018, due to the last of the original founders leaving to pursue other projects, and the remaining volunteers struggling to cope, the WCFP started to become very overgrown and risked being closed permanently.
However, a new group of enthusiastic local volunteers have recently emerged and are busy returning the site to its former glory!
Now staffed by an incredible 83 unpaid volunteers and additionally supported financially by organisations such as the Sussex Community Foundation, the WCFP will hopefully continue to serve its community for another twenty years!
What we offer –
- Sustainable organic food for the local community
- Opportunities to improve physical, mental and social wellbeing
- Immediate access to food growing, with high quality fruit and vegetables in return for help
- Opportunities to learn new skills through practical training and volunteering
- Join a culture of care and respect for the natural environment, through personal interactions and education
- Education about composting, organic food growing, seed saving, cooking and good health
- Involving children and vulnerable adults in growing and eating healthy food, as a way of connecting to nature and the environment
- Enhancing wildlife habitats and protecting bio-diversity
- Seed library (of open pollinated varieties)
- Seed sharing through local networks
- “Drop-in” sessions and workshops on healthy gardening