- The annual street lunch held every July is now produced entirely from local gardens. Flowers, herbs, fruits and wine all consumed within 100 meters of being produced
- A survey reveals that individual gardens, community gardens and local allotments produce over 40% of local people’s food. Marldon gardener Josh Mackintyre wins regional award for “Most Productive Garden 2028” citing the secret was in the goat manure. “It’s garden gold” says Josh
- Farming has become one of the most popular career choices. Young farmers carry high local status on the dance floor and in the local economy.
- The 5s land parcel scheme has become widespread and offers over 40% of local households the opportunity to farm a small plot of land. Individual plots range in size and use from ¼ acre vegetable plots to ½ acre small free-range chicken units. Some arrangements have developed into community supported agriculture systems with the landowner.
- The widespread diversity of agriculture now prevalent has changed the landscape dramatically. The number of small farmers has increased 8 fold and many more people are involved in all types of agricultural work.
- Farm workers both seasonal and permanent live on the farms and work with a wide variety of animals and crops.
Policy Makers & Service Providers
- DEFRA has become a more hands on agricultural advice service providing farmers and growers with a broad range of supports including farm advisors, research, data and information to support them through the changes associated with localisation and global warming. This has evolved into close cooperation between farmers, landowners and government advisors.
- Railways are linking food hubs to take surplus foods from rural growing areas into City centres where supplies can run very tight. Special clean and well-insulated carriages are being piloted to improve the service.
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