Environment, Communities, Food democracy

Growing together: Collaborating for Food Democracy


Who is behind this?

Zivile Mantrimaite

Young Friends of the Earth Europe



Who is joining forces?

Caerhys Organic Community Agriculture (COCA)


United Kingdom

COCA is a community and family run farm in rural Wales. The farmer, Gerald Miles, is an expert in sustainable, organic farming and will help YFoEE identify farms and mentor participants.

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Idea pitch

The main aims of this project are to equip young people to understand food democracy, to support small, sustainable farms and gain respect for food and the land. The focus will be placed on 2-3 month placements for urban youth on community farms, combining practical experience of sustainable farming and training in campaigning and activism.
This project strengthens cultural, intergenerational and rural-urban collaboration through pairing youth with experienced farmers in other European regions

Where will your idea take place?

With support of COCA, YFoEE will identify 4 European farms, with regional and cultural balance.

Why does Europe need your idea?

Strengthen food democracy - access to sustainable, culturally appropriate, healthy food. Support and promote family farms, local food economies and communities protecting their land. Increase youth engagement in debate around the food system and related policies as citizens, not detached consumers.

What is your impact?

Urban youth will gain farming and campaigning skills. Their presence, energy and skills will strengthen local resistance against unsustainable practices and increase food democracy in key areas. They will communicate the importance of small farms and raise awareness of local struggles.

How do you get there?

20 participants from 8 countries will attend a 4 day training in campaign strategy and communication techniques. They will then spend 2-3 months on 5 farms where they will allocate 50% of working hours on farming tasks and 50% on campaigning to support local communities. They will be embedded in the local community and learn about the struggles of small farmers. With the support of YFoEE, they will produce communications materials to share this knowledge and experience a wide audience.

What is your story?

YFoEE has experience of collaborating with COCA, a community owned farm in Wales, which is resisting GMO crops and products in the region. This collaboration between young people and a farm has built a crucial understanding of sharing social differences and benefits that it brings to both parties.

Who are you doing it for?

Activities will be developed and led together with participating youth and farmers, placing them at the core of the project. The knowledge and experience, as well as creative communications developed throughout the project, will be disseminated widely throughout YFoEE, ally networks and online.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Ideas for possible creative and accessible ways to communicate results to a wide audience. Examples of issues facing local, sustainable farming within your community or country.



Zivile Mantrimaite

Idea created on Jan. 19, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 19, 2018

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