a person whose diet consists only or principally of locally grown or produced food.

The Locavore Growing Project is an intergenerational community food project based in Folkestone.  It is based in the Locavore Garden at Martello Primary School, where we are creating space for community food growing and outdoor learning with the school and the wider community, using permaculture (food forest) methods. It also takes place in the gardens of care homes around Folkestone, creating a network of food growing spaces.


Permaculture is the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient. We decided that this approach was really important for a food growing project that means to create greater resilience within communities, by means of food security:  “Food security occurs when all people are able to access enough safe and nutritious food to meet their requirements for a healthy life, in ways the planet can sustain into the future.” 


A food forest (or forest garden) is a permaculture method of growing edible (and non-edible) plants in a way that is low-maintenance and sustainable. It is based on woodland ecosystems, and uses layers of planting from fruit and nut trees at the top, to a shrub layer, herbs and vines, ground cover and perennial vegetables, including root vegetables. These systems are better for water management, they involve little to no waste and can produce food all year round if managed correctly.


Custom Food Lab are currently looking to recruit a team of food growing enthusiasts who are interested in supporting the local community and building up their food growing skills. Experience welcome, but passion essential – training is provided.

The Locavore Growing Project is supported by:



Charlene Jones
Charlene is Custom’s Community Project Manager. Since June 2019 she has worked with Custom, to coordinate community outreach and liaise with local organisations in order to bring volunteers into our kitchen, garden and arts programmes.

Mary Renshaw
Mary was our head of chat at Custom Folkestone, but her heart has always been in growing food rather than serving it. She is now our community food grower for the care home growing spaces. She has an inspiring allotment in Hythe, is fascinated by compost and is currently studying Dr Elaine Ingham’s Soil Regeneration programme.

Bean and Didier Rochard
Bean and Didier are our community food growers based at the Locavore Garden. Working as a job share, they are both also practicing artists, and seasoned growers. They are developing a planting calendar which fuses their combined love and knowledge of cultivated and wild growing plants.