The garden covers a quarter of an acre of canal-side land, a former distribution depot, which we are converting into a ‘pop-up’ edible park using temporary containers and raised beds.
Our aim is to increase our understanding of urban productive landscapes with a programme of research in practice involving artists, designers, gardeners and chefs to explore a new aesthetic for urban environments.
Edible Eastside wants to to explore through this collaborative process, issues of urban resilience, sustainable development and the role of culture in climate change.
It wants to offer a centralised resource and strategic support for artists, architects, urban gardeners, community activists and regeneration agencies interested in urban food growing. We are currently strategic partners with BCU School of Architecture and Digbeth Residents Association.
Being based in the creative heart of Birmingham, artists will be at the heart of our programme. We plan to offer opportunities for artists to develop their practice in the context of environmentalism, food growing and involving communities in the process.
Our Mission is to deliver the following:
➡ Grow fruit, vegetables, plants and flowers.
➡ Whilst doing that we will also explore new thinking in public space and the urban landscape where food production is integral
➡ Offer training to the public in food production and temporary growing in urban contexts
➡ Raise the profile of food and urban agriculture in Birmingham
➡ Demonstrate what is possible to grow in raised beds and challenging urban sites
We are offering people
➡ raised beds to local people and city workers and dwellers, with learning and support for the growing of vegetables, herbs and edible plants for those with a plot
➡ lessons to local people, office workers, industrial workers, how to grow food for their own consumption with the establishment of a City Gardening Club
➡ Space for artists and designers to research and experiment in techniques of horticulture and gardening
➡ Vegetables and produce to eat!