HUNDREDS of Lambeth residents will learn how to grow their own food, make friends and improve their health thanks to new funding for a social action charity.
Almost a decade ago, the Loughborough Junction Action Group – known locally as LJAG – began converting a patch of empty open space between Brixton, Herne Hill and Camberwell into a thriving community farm.
Now the charity has been awarded £84,500 by the City Bridge Trust to bring more people to Loughborough Farm to learn how to grow, cook and eat their own food.
The grant funds 100 growing sessions per year, as well as gardening and healthy eating workshops and counseling sessions in local housing developments to encourage residents to grow food on their own balconies.
Giles Shilson, Chairman of the City Bridge Trust.
Giles Shilson, Chairman of the City Bridge Trust said:
“Loughborough Farm is a great example of a community coming together to improve their environment and the lives of their residents.
“This funding will allow LJAG to help even more people experience the physical and mental benefits of being in nature, making friends and eating healthier.”
Attendees at sessions at the farm can take home fruit and vegetables grown there, while surplus produce is used at the neighboring Platform Café, a community café and employment program run by the charity, which also benefits from the grant.
LJAG Chair Anthea Massey said:
“Our ethos is to provide a space where people can spend time outdoors in nature, learn gardening skills and about the food they eat.
“There is a lot of evidence that getting out in nature, enjoying the company of a diverse group of people and getting your hands dirty makes you feel better.
“Coming to the farm means people meet and make friends with people they probably wouldn’t otherwise meet.”
For more information about the Loughborough Junction Action Group and their farm visit: www.loughboroughjunction.org.
The City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust, is London’s largest independent grantor. It awards over £30m a year in grants to tackle disadvantage across the capital.
It has also made available an additional £200m over a five year period from 2021 to 2026 to support London’s charity sector – www.citybridgetrust.org.uk.