Proposed features/Community food growing
|Community food growing|
|Status:||Proposed (under way)|
|Applies to:||, ,|
|Definition:||Land used for community to grow food on|
|Rendered as:||Like allotments|
This would enable us to map land used for community food growing projects.
We currently have these two related tags:
- landuse=farmland - land used for commercial crop cultivation and livestock rearing
- landuse=allotments - land divided into private plots for individuals to grow their own food
But we have no means of tagging land used by communities to grow food collectively in a non-profit way. There is a growing interest in community food growing projects around the world, as evidenced by the following just from London:
- Capital Growth (supported by the Mayor)
- Growing Southwark
- Sutton Community Farm
- Ruskin Park community garden
- Transition Town Brixton growing projects
And further afield:
- Grow Bradford, West Yorkshire looking to promote community food growing, supported in particular by innovative mapping projects
For an idea of why these are different to farms and allotments, see the Capital Growth edible estates awards.
Why not another subtag?
I am sure lots of people will suggest a subtag of farmland/allotments, something like community=yes or access=community. But these spaces are neither farms nor allotments, so it would be misleading to qualify farmland/allotment with a subtag.
I would propose:
It could equally be something close like landuse=communal_food_growing. Or there may be a similar wording that more easily includes livestock, as some community food spaces have goats, pigs, etc. I'm open to suggestions!
Except for in specialist maps, I would suggest these are rendered in the same way as allotments.
Leave any comments here, I will move them to the discussion page once the draft is progressed to the vote. TomChance 11:27, 12 November 2010 (UTC)
Hi, this is a nice idea, but why not a own tag that can be assigned to other landuse=*? For example shared_land=yes;no? To me a own landuse type seems to be a bit 'luxurious' ;) --!i! 18:56, 12 November 2010 (UTC)
- Because, as explained above, these aren't "shared farms" or "shared allotments", they are a different use of the land. TomChance 11:29, 13 November 2010 (UTC)
What about setting a subtag for gardens? There is already a broad variety of suggested subtags for gardens and I have tagged these in the past as gardens. -- Dieterdreist 11:15, 13 November 2010 (UTC)
- I had a look at Proposed_features/Garden_specification, which looks great, but doesn't really match this use of land any more than it could be qualified by a subtag to cover allotments. TomChance 11:29, 13 November 2010 (UTC)
I think this makes a lot of sense and has my support. There are lots of community food growing projects popping up in the UK and not a great way to tag them, as they aren't private allotments. Re garden tags - don't really think that it is descriptive enough - as this is about food growing. So I also agree they should be rendered as allotments. SamSmith 10:02, 18 November 2010 (UTC)
I just came across a community garden and your proposal seems to fit, so I have followed it (Craigloftus 20:34, 30 January 2012 (UTC)). I think dropping the "growing" from the value would leave a more generic but still acceptable tag? And agree about landuse seeming the right fit. One additional wrinkle I came across is the ownership/operation/naming problem that is a general problem, given this seems quite likely to come up for community gardens the proposal might give it a few words?
I see no other way to tag community gardens and this proposal makes sense. They are reasonably common around where I live. Have used at least once and would like to progress its assimilation. I would entertain a discussion about the value being different, something like "community_garden" or "community_food" as suggested above. Hubne (talk) 08:15, 15 June 2015 (UTC)
- Have combined this tag with others both successfully and without harm (I believe). There's this combination I think makes sense maybe even instead of community_food_growing:
- * leisure=garden
- * operator=community (I think this key/value could be successfully applied in a number of community-operated objects that we map)
- … then to indicate the purpose of the garden, it gets creative but I might turn this into a proposal:
- I think it's important to have something like that to indicate food, anyway. It's the only essential but non-standard part of my tagging though :) -- Hubne (talk) 07:39, 13 July 2015 (UTC)
- I was looking for the right tag(s) to map the community farm near me and nothing quite fit (leisure=garden because the purpose is food production and job creation. It's not landuse=farmland because it is not commercial and it is not landuse=allotments because it is a collective enterprise. Looking at the websites listed in this proposal, this seems the best fit for York Community Farm. David Colby-Hutchison 08:26, 16 September 2016 (UTC) ). It's not