ABOUT WE FEED THE UK

Worm charmers, wildflower whisperers, carbon capturers, insect allies: regenerative farmers and fishers are working with nature in a time-honoured team.

Across a country that is 71% farmland, where less than half of our biodiversity remains, restorative practices are the root to future resilience. The time is ripe to celebrate these efforts, in support of the regenerative agriculture transition.

We Feed The UK is a major arts project pairing critically acclaimed photographers and poets with regenerative farmers, urban growers, sustainable fishers and grain rebels: the UK’s custodians of land, soil, sea and seed.

The campaign is a message of hope, showcasing grassroots solutions to climate change, the biodiversity crisis and social justice.

Grown by The Gaia Foundation with collaborators across the country, We Feed The UK brings together over 40 partners from the environment and arts sectors to tell time-critical stories across urban, rural and coastal areas, ranging from multi-generational, Black-led growing projects in London, to a majority-women workers cooperative in Edinburgh, via sustainable fishing along the south coast.

Andy Pilsbury two women in orchard

These ground-breaking collaborations will be shared between February 2024 and May 2025:

The project follows The Gaia Foundation’s We Feed The World exhibition and book, a global collaboration with some of the best-loved photographers of our time, celebrating smallholder farmers across the globe to bust the myth that we need industrial farming to survive.

COLLABORATORS

Grown by The Gaia Foundation with collaborators across the country, We Feed The UK pairs ten photographers and ten Hot Poets with ten stories in ten regions. Their work is being shared in partnership with ten arts organisations between February 2024-May 2025, supported by evidence from ten environmental allies who are leading the regenerative farming movement.

WHY WE FEED THE UK MATTERS

Our food forms us. How we produce it can shape society: offering positive solutions to intertwined crises.

Farming and fishing can be at the heart of nature recovery in an age of biodiversity collapse. Regenerative practices can bring communities together even as we’re forced apart. And working with, not against, our earth promises resilience to unpredictable change while floods deepen and temperatures rise.

Community at No Diggity Gardens, photographed by Ayesha Jones
Stuart Johnson on Wharmley Farm, photographed by Johannah Churchill
Paulette Henry of Black Rootz, photographed by Arpita Shah

We Feed The UK will grow support for the practices that can heal people and planet, through a radical re-storying of regenerative farmers as custodians of biocultural diversity across our isles.

“All great changemaking is rooted in dreaming and storytelling.” 

Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition Town movement

This celebration of regenerative agriculture, through innovative, diverse cross-sector collaboration has been designed to reach new audiences, challenge perceptions, and inspire support for a country-wide transition towards this approach.

ABOUT THE GAIA FOUNDATION

The Gaia Foundation has been working with regenerative, holistic approaches to reviving biocultural diversity for almost forty years.

Established in the 1980s as a response to Indigenous peoples’ displacement from forests in the Brazilian and Colombian Amazon, Gaia has become a well-respected voice of experience working on issues ranging from land rights to restoring regenerative pathways, from the Amazon to Africa.

Through our dedicated Seed Sovereignty UK and Ireland Programme, which has eight team members working regionally, we have become firmly embedded, with our hands in the soil, across the UK’s food sovereignty movement.