We call on cities and other local areas to coordinate activity and action. From councils to schools, from food growing enterprises to workplaces, we all have a role to play to increase the availability and consumption of vegetables locally.

VEG CITIES is a feature campaign of Sustainable Food Cities, led by food and farming charity Sustain in partnership with the wider Peas Please initiative.

Veg Patch expands to primary schools in Middlesbrough

The first ‘Veg Patch’ fruit and veg stall using locally grown and surplus vegetables was set up at the Teesside University campus early in 2019 by Veg Cities Middlesbrough, with support from Middlesbrough Environment City. The project has now expanded to two primary schools, saving over one tonne of fruit and vegetables from landfill and generating 3,001 meals.

Neighbourhood food growing festival takes root in Nottingham

Nottingham's first neighbourhood food growing festival took place in June. It featured a range of workshops, talks, demos, music, local food vendors, community outreach groups and community growing spaces. Coordinated by Nottingham Good Food Partnership (NGFP) and sponsored by University of Nottingham Future Food, the event engaged the public in food growing and helped to connect residents with local growing spaces.

Allotment surplus adding value to online shopping platform

Neighboorfood Nottingham is Nottingham’s dedicated online local food platform with over 470 product lines. The aim is to connect local producers to local people, making shopping for local food both quick and easy. The group has recently added surplus from local allotment and community food growers to complement the online shopping experience.