Edge Landscaping (1) — sankalpa supported activity
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edge

Oxford, United Kingdom

edge makes producing and eating fresh food accessible — through creating and teaching people how to grow, and sustain, edible landscapes.

Founded in 2018 by urban designer Rachel Hammond, a trained educator and expert in urban design. Rachel runs professional development courses and community classes in various aspects of garden design and horticulture. Previous projects have included a funded course for ex-offenders and people not in employment, education or training (NEETs); and the creation of various edible gardens with, and for, people living in social housing.

supporting edge

sankalpa has supported edge through a combination of advice, hands on help and funding. Initially we offered practical guidance on business set up, later we funded a brand and website refresh and finally we provided hands on support around financial administration.

The word I would use is approachable. sankalpa is incomparable to other faceless funders. The unique approach and friendliness follows through the whole team. I feel very supported and incredibly grateful. I wouldn’t be where I am now without their support.

Rachel Hammond, Edge

edge today

At present edge is developing online courses, carrying out consultations for a large — local authority funded — community garden, continuing with small scale plant production and is in talks with a local school’s academy trust regarding introducing edible gardening to the curriculum.

Additionally, Rachel has created an OxFood manifesto and an urban food production toolkit with step by step guidance. The toolkit demonstrates how to create various edible gardens including how to cultivate a back garden, so as to feed a family of four.

One half term we had a group of children helping us to create an edible garden in their neighbourhood. A little girl mentioned that they only have two meals a day at her house, and lunch isn’t one of them.

This heart-breaking situation is a reality for growing numbers of people. However, dedicated community growing spaces do have the potential to make a remarkable difference.

Rachel Hammond, Edge
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edge tomorrow

Rachel’s life long goal is to develop a nationally recognised qualification. Talking about the need for permaculture focused education, Rachel said:

"For organisations creating housing developments, to individuals who want to become self sufficient, and for anyone interested in setting up a micro enterprise — a good quality, recognised, qualification in practical food production would make all the difference."

Rachel Hammond, edge founder
Edge Landscaping (2) — sankalpa supported activity

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