Our Nature-Based Accelerator is ending on September 2nd with a much-anticipated Launch. At this event, the innovators will pitch their nature-based enterprise ideas. But who are they, and what are they working on? Read our short introduction blog series to whet your appetite. Next up is Keir McCluskey with Glasgow Cooperative Farm.
Glasgow Cooperative Farm: The Story
Keir and two of his colleagues are creating Glasgow Cooperative Farm: a city farm, owned and run for the benefit of the people of Glasgow. The plan is to convert a stalled or underutilised site within the Ibrox and Govanhill area. These areas are among the most densely populated in the city. And while there is good access to public green spaces like parks, there is disproportionately little access to demand-led green spaces. Glasgow Cooperative Farm would run as either a cooperative or a community benefit society, meaning land could be acquired through a community share offer and the continued management of the land through the establishment of a workers cooperative.
Glasgow Cooperative Farm Impact and Benefits
Due to lack of development and the pollution caused by the M74, movement between the riverside and southern parts of these areas is significantly constrained. A valuable community space at this intersection point could seek to ease this disconnect and offset pollution. The Farm would also result in regeneration of disused land, instil a sense of ownership in local residents, and provide them with an additional green space to benefit from and enjoy. Keir envisages a nature “hub” where nature-based projects can proliferate and grow with the support of a collaborative team, helping to make Glasgow a greener and more sustainable city.
Glasgow Cooperative Farm: Collaboration and Connections
Glasgow Cooperative Farm would primarily involve local residents of these densely populated areas. Once operational, the Farm would sell the produce in various ways to both individuals and businesses. Potential ideas include a on-site shop, pop-up farmers markets, or a veg box scheme, as well as selling to small independent shops and restaurants.
Glasgow Cooperative Farm: Why the Nature-Based Accelerator?
Keir and his colleagues joined the Nature-Based Accelerator for the opportunity to investigate the cooperative business model further and deeper explore ways in which the enterprise can be financially viable. The access to a strong peer network of support with others working in a similar field and connection into the wider ecosystem were also highly desirable.
Glasgow Cooperative Farm: Further info
Glasgow Cooperative Farm are not yet on social media. Meet Keir and his colleagues at the Launch event!
Join us for the Launch on 2nd September where Keir and other participants of the Nature-Based Accelerator will pitch their innovative enterprise ideas. Grab this chance to create some valuable connections! Find tickets and more information here.