Cultivate London seeks to combat London’s high youth unemployment rate this through horticulture. The urban farm-based social enterprise trains unemployed young people to produce a range of edible and ornamental plants for sale.
It also benefits the community by converting derelict and vacant land across the capital into productive food growing space, and aims to increase the amount of local and organically grown produce consumed by Londoners.
It has multiple sites and sells its produce through farmers’ markets, festivals, greengrocers’, food box schemes, cafes and garden centres.
In 2012, Cultivate London won the Observer Food Monthly’s “Producer of the Year” and, in 2014, it was named runner-up in the “Best Food Enterprise” category at London’s first Urban Food Awards.