Growing Better Lives Conference (exploring and celebrating the links between community growing, care farming, health and wellbeing)

A conference exploring and celebrating the links between community growing, care farming, health and wellbeing.

Aimed at practitioners, health commissioners, policy makers and academics, the conference will reflect on the strong and ever-increasing body of evidence about the positive influence of farming and gardening in care and health contexts. It will look at how best to harness those positive benefits in the future. And it will be a chance for practitioners to learn new skills and celebrate success with their peers.

An exciting list of speakers are already confirmed including: Dr Rachel Bragg (Care Farming UK); Dr Mike Hardman (University of Salford); Dr Michelle Howarth (University of Salford); Dr Chiara Tornaghi (University of Coventry), Pam Warhurst (Incredible Edible) and Sarah Williams (Sustain - The Alliance for Food and Farming).

The conference takes place over two days, including an evening community garden party (which features an inaugural Awards Ceremony for farming and gardening heroes). There will also be seminars, workshops and site visits as well as plenty of time for networking. You can come for both days, just one of the days or just for the garden party and awards event!

AVAILABLE NOW: 30 Early Bird discounted tickets for the Full Event. Includes both days and the evening Garden Party.


Outline Programme

24 April: Strategy, policy and academic links
A series of presentations and breakout sessions on community growing, social farming, the health agenda and panel discussions. ​Salford University, 24 April 2018. This day is aimed primarily at academics, representatives from all tiers of government and voluntary sector organisations, though community growers, care farmers and other practitioners are welcome.

Community Garden Party (24 April evening): 
A social event at Hulme Community Garden Centre, with craft activities, a local food feast and an awards ceremony. This event requires purchase of a separate ticket and you don't have to attend any daytime parts of the conference in order to join in!

25 April: Celebrating the grassroots
In the morning there will be presentations and discussion sessions, plus practical skills workshops, followed by Seeing Is Believing tours of key community growing and other greenspace venues across Manchester. Like the Community Garden Party, this day will be of particular relevance to community gardens, city farmers, care farmers, CSA practitioners and others directly involved in green space use.

A full rundown of the programme and list of speakers, workshops and visits will be available soon. A limited number of travel bursaries will also be available. 

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