What are the embryonic initiatives that quickly and radically transform society? Maybe ours will be gardens, suggests Greg Frey

Photos by Holly McGratten


The Alternative – 6 June 2024
Always keen to cross-post from the brilliant eco-writer Greg Frey. This is a “think-feature” (also published in Freedom) whose conclusion is: “Many revolutions have clubs and community groups to thank for the forms of embryonic organisation that were necessary to quickly and radically transform society. Possibly, for the revolution of our time, ours will be gardens.”

There’s a solidarity economy emerging in the London Borough of Waltham Forest, and it revolves around food. Hundreds of people, and a handful of grassroots cooperatives, collectives and networks, are trying to figure out how to build an alternative to capitalist industrial agriculture, and not a moment too soon…