University of Brighton’s ‘Edible Campus’ Network in semi-finals.
10 Jan 2012
The Harvest project encourages food growing within the city, and the creation of an infrastructure to support more local production and consumption of food and Andre Viljoen was a member of the steering group that developed the initial Lottery bid and with Katrin Bohn, developed an urban agriculture 'opportunity map' for Brighton & Hove, making recommendations for an urban design strategy that could accommodate food growing sites within the city.
Hundreds of applications were received, so reaching the final shortlist of ten in the Best Environment Project is a great achievement. You can vote for the Harvest project online at: www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards/environmental.
The project initially received £500,000 of funding in 2009 and Beacon status from the Big Lottery Local Food Fund. It was the only project of its kind in the UK, and received Beacon status because it was deemed to be of national significance with learning from the project disseminated and shared widely.
The whole Harvest Brighton & Hove project includes nine partners and ten sub-projects. Bohn and Viljoen see their involvement as a testament to the value that the university places on its role within the community and the translation of research into practice.