growing food

Social, environmental and public health benefits of growing food

12th February 20216:00pm

This is the third webinar from the SHEFF-Yield series, which aims to teach the hows and whys of growing food at home. We’re delighted to have two incredible speakers for this event, and you can read more details below. Click the Eventbrite button at the bottom of the page to get your FREE tickets.

Impact of growing food at home on public health and climate change

Speaker: Kristin Bash – Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures, Co-Chair of Faculty of Public Health Food SIG

About the speaker: Kristin is an honorary lecturer in public health, and a senior public health specialty registrar (ST5) in Yorkshire & the Humber. Additionally, Kristin is a co-Chair of the Faculty of Public Health Food Special Interest Group. This group facilitates advocacy and action related to sustainable food systems and public health. Kristin is also interested in the impacts government policy and local food environments have on population diet.

Social and environmental benefits of allotment gardening

Speaker: Dr Miriam Dobson – Postdoctoral Research Associate in Urban Agriculture, The University of Sheffield

With climate change threatening food security, attention is turning to the possibility of growing food in cities, for example in home gardens, community gardens and hydroponic systems. Alongside providing fruit and vegetables for urban residents, urban agriculture also has many benefits for human and environmental health.

Dr Dobson’s research focuses on the social and environmental benefits of allotment gardening. She will be speaking about the public and environmental health benefits that allotment gardens can offer. And she will outline policy changes that could be made in light of her research.

About the speaker: Dr Miriam Dobson is a post-doctoral researcher in the Edmondson lab group, having recently completed her PhD, ‘Harvesting more than food: Assessing the provision, resource demand and ecosystem service delivery of British allotments’. Her research sits at the intersection of environmental and social science.

The webinar is FREE and open to anyone. There will be time for questions and discussion in the end of the session.