What has agriculture got to do with city dwellers and how can they learn about growing food without leaving the city? An innovative not-for-profit urban agriculture project in Hull has been invited to discuss these questions, and more with like-minded projects and groups in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. The Dig-In Event on the 12 March offers urban agriculture, community garden and edible school garden projects an opportunity to meet and to discuss, share and grow ideas.
The approach being developed by the Rooted in Hull project will be relevant for any urban area wishing to ‘grow its own’. But to ensure that our ideas are not isolated and any funding and support that we receive is not wasted, we wish to build relationships at home and abroad. We have already been lucky enough to visit Stockholm as one of 10 winners of the international ‘Smart Living Challenge’ in 2014. As part of the Raleigh trip, we will also be representing Wilberforce Sixth-form College in Hull and making educational connections in Raleigh.
But why is Raleigh the next planned stop on our journey? This year is the 30th anniversary of the Sister City partnership between Raleigh and our own home city Hull. The following year Hull becomes the UK City of Culture 2017. Those are two big reasons to celebrate, get together and share ideas. Many also hold up America as one of the leading lights in urban and community agriculture, so as a small start-up social enterprise, this invitation is an immense opportunity!
We now need your help to take this next step and build new connections in America. As a non-profit start-up we do not have any resources to support the trip. To make this happen we need to raise funds to pay for two airfares, accommodation and basic subsistence costs.
Throughout the visit we will tweet about the sights, sounds and learning that we experience and will invite some of the first to contribute over £50 to a pre-opening tour of Rooted in Hull in 2016 (see Rewards for further information). Hull has just been voted eighth in the top 10 places to visit in the world in 2016 by the Rough Guide (http://www.roughguides.com/best-places/2016/top-10-cities/). This could be the reason and opportunity you need to come and find out what all the fuss is about.