WHO, WHAT AND WHY?
Edible College London (ECL) is a collaborative student-staff project aiming to bring together UCL's sustainability-driven individuals, groups and societies in the name of improving the edible potential of the campus and grounds.
Spearheaded by UCL Anthropology alumnus Pia Keeley-Johnson and Dr Dalia Iskander (Head of Medical Anthropology), this project (Funded by a Dean's Strategic Award, 2021) will pave the way for a future where UCL's campus provides edible, herbal and therapeutic resources for its community.
Currently, the various growing, food and sustainability initiatives at UCL are disparate and distinct; we want to bring these powerful ideas and voices together to make UCL students' sustainable growing efforts more cohesive.
We want to fund your ideas for growing the edible potential of our campus. Any UCL staff member or student can apply as an individual or group for up to £250 to fund anything from buying edible or medicinal plants for your work space to attending cooking classes.
In order to survey the green spaces and initiatives we have so far, our Edible College Map will display data about all ongoing and potential green projects, notably highlighting sites with potential to become havens of herbal and edible resources in the future.
We aim to promote fun and practical green infrastructural change at UCL. To grow deep roots, we will be holding a range of FREE events, skills workshops and green social activities for UCL staff and students. Everything from workshops in gardening, cooking, preserving and plant therapy to garden(ing) parties, food sharing nights and reading groups.
We want our project and its successes to be easily replicable by other universities and organisations. We will make all of our trials and tribulations, blueprints and resources available so that our resources can be used wherever, whenever and by whomever wants to be part of an edible movement.
Part of our remit is to embed skills in growing and sustainability into the curriculum at UCL. Students across campus have been carrying out their own independent research and activities related to growing.