Audacious Veg is a partnership between Forest Farm Peace Garden, a local therapeutic gardening charity, and Audacious Veg CIC, the social enterprise that sells the produce grown by the charity’s traineeship programme.
Natalie Szarek is heading up Audacious Veg, after coming up with the idea while spending time working on urban farms in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.
“I came up with the idea for Audacious Veg from feeling that local food systems should be a tool for making our society more socially just and fair rather than replicating the power inequalities of the existing system. I’d like to see the local food movement to grow beyond being geared towards people who can relate to it as (largely well-off) consumers, and to be actively creating possibilities for people to relate to it as producers being paid a fair wage.”
The Board of Directors
Aaron Edgeley is an anthropologist who specialises in ethnobotany with 25 years experience of foraging in the UK and 10 years experience of delivering high quality learning as a qualified teacher. Aaron is on the Board of Global Learning Gateway, an educational awarding body that will support the work of Audacious Veg through quality management and teaching support. He is the Chair of Forest Farm Peace Garden Board of Trustees.
Gill Hay is a specialist in the voluntary and cooperative sectors, and brings experience of voluntary sector Trusteeship, environmental education and empowering decision making processes.
Susannah Hall is an experienced permaculture gardener and one of the Coordinators of the London Permablitz Network.
Madeleine Evans has a background in fundraising and approaches to education which engage and empower the learner.
We have worked in partnership with the Redbidge Institute for Adult Education to deliver accredited Traineeships for young adults, increasing their base of skills and their ability to find employment following their Audacious Veg placement.