The feasibility study looked at how food growing could have a real impact on the local economy, build knowledge and skills and develop food sovereignty – a system where local producers can control the mechanisms and policies of food production and distribution.
The additional introduction of on-site sustainable energy sources, such as biomass or the use of solar PV, could provide Alston Moor with a sustainable and financially viable community-owned business.
The feasibility study was carried out for the Greenprint project by consultants from Vista Veg, based in Crosby Ravensworth, who shared their wealth of skills and experience. We’ve been working with farmers and landowners who may be interested in diversifying into food growing.
Lynn Barnes from Vista Veg has been making visits to other food-growing projects for inspiration and advice, along with volunteers from Alston Moor. Read our two blog posts to find out more about the fascinating sites we visited: