SAGE (Sow And Grow Everywhere), is an initiative to put food production in the heart of urban life and generate a change in community food growing in the Glasgow Metropolitan region.
A joint venture by NVA and ERZ landscape architects, SAGE is transforming derelict and vacant land into spaces for people to grow their own food. It has been designed as a mobile initiative: when land is required for development, the infrastructure can move to a new site.
SAGE is allowing people with no previous experience of growing their own food and herbs to both provide for their families, friends and potentially offer surplus to a wider area. It is complementing, supporting and extending the existing network of community food initiatives. SAGE also offers the potential for larger initiatives to be developed into social enterprises.
Central to SAGE is the 'growing toolkit', which includes a high quality, durable, specially designed 'modular system' of grow boxes/bags made from recycled materials.
Events throughout SAGE have included Glasgow Harvest in 2010, a celebration of the social gardening movement taking place throughout the city on windowsills, in back gardens, disused wastelands and allotments. At an open-air meal in the Hidden Gardens, Tramway, everyone who grows their own food was invited to take part in a day of home produce, live music and performance.
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