Common Ground is an organic food growing project in Stanmer Park outside Brighton for the marginalised groups in Brighton & Hove. They are about to launch their project in June and begin working with the migrant and refugee community to offer them a safe and welcoming space in nature where they can share land-based skills, grow and harvest organic food, and come together to cook and share the produce. Next year they plan to open the space to other groups within the community to truly make it common ground for everyone. The aims of the project are to break down barriers, build relationships while learning about growing food and other land-based skills.
Common Ground have been selected as part of the Projects That Matter campaign and with the help of Giving Times and Crowdfunder.co.uk have started their Crowdfunder campaign. Having already cleared the whole quarter acre site and converted half into productive organic food growing space they are now looking to develop the project and offer a space in nature for people to come and learn and just be. Although the aim of the project will ultimately be self-sustaining, some capital is needed to get the project up and running to build some much-needed structures and equipment.
Common Ground are looking for funding to construct a sustainable eco-build workshop for running year-round training for their groups and an outdoor kitchen to run cookery classes where people will learn and share skills on how to prep and cook healthy meals with the produce they grow. A second polytunnel, tools and repairs to existing structures and a compost loo are also planned for the site.
This injection of funding will allow the project to offer a wider breadth of activities from bushcraft and spoon whittling, to nutrition courses and outdoor food preparation. The project will also be able to support Brighton’s status as a City of Sanctuary and offer a welcoming space to a larger number of migrants and refugees. They’ll be part of a local community whilst supporting a global organic food growing mission.