Visit to Achray Farm, March 2022

Empowering Women in Urban Agreocology

The Women in Farming Group, which ran from September 2021 – June 2022, aimed to empower women in Glasgow who are marginalised because of race, ethnicity, or immigration status to develop skills in ecological farming and social enterprise. 

The project was a partnership between Central and West Integration Network (CWIN), who work with refugees and asylum seekers particularly around access to food and capacity building, and Glasgow Community Food Network (GCFN), who deliver urban agriculture and food education projects with funding from National Lottery Climate Action Fund.

The 24 week programme was co-designed with group members and facilitated by artist and food activist Clem Sandison. The group met weekly to enjoy food together, attend workshops and travel outside the city to visit innovative and regenerative small farms.

The programme provided tasters in different aspects of livestock farming, horticulture, herbal medicine, business skills and more, to enable women from diverse backgrounds (who are significantly under-represented in Scottish agriculture) to form their own food growing co-op or social enterprises. 

At the end of the project we produced a lovely book entitled Sow a Seed, Grow a World. It’s a snapshot of some of the places, ideas, conversations and recipes that we shared. We’re grateful to all the farmers and growers who welcomed us with open arms, and to everyone who offered workshops and helped contribute to this book.


Book Credits:

Design & illustration by Josie Vallely, additional illustration by Alkmini Gkousiari, photography by Clem Sandison. All other contributors listed in the book.

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