Because it is the time of year: it is time to sow beans.
The Town is the Garden is a community food growing project begun in 2017. The project is run by two gardeners in residence and our green coordinator.
Huntly is a historic market town situated within what is considered to be the rich agricultural land of Aberdeenshire. An area that despite accounting for around 12% of Scotland's overall agricultural area produces over 20% of the country's agricultural output. The landscape around us is shaped by food: by what we eat and the food system that currently supports this. And yet, it would seem that our relationship to food is more disjointed and detached than at any other period in history — perhaps evidenced by the fact that we are spending less and less on it while simultaneously demanding that it becomes even cheaper. On top of this, as our climate breaks down, it would seem that the conventional food system in its current state is not sustainable from neither an environmental or economic perspective. Our relationship to food must change. There are some difficult conversations to be had. Inequality is the driving force of unsustainability. With this in mind, what is the future of food production for an area like Huntly? The Town is the Garden is about exploring this future.