'Transforming Cities through Food Systems'

Edible Utopia’s Jane Levi in conversation with Allan Jenkins, Editor of Observer Food Monthly; Carolyn Steel, architect, writer and author of Hungry City (2008); Jeremy Lee, chef at Quo Vadis, and Richard Reynolds, guerrilla gardener. A public conversation at Somerset House about the vision of Edible Utopia and the potential we have to transform our cities through our food systems.


Building bee friendly herb garden for Tom's Kitchen in Somerset House.

Edible Utopia built a small herb garden on one of the balconies overlooking the front terrace to supply Tom’s Kitchen with fresh herbs and flowers. Led by master carpenter Bertie Playle we built pegged oak raised beds and filled them with herbs and edible flowers that the head chef, Richard, often uses in his cooking. One of the big challenges of this little garden has been the wind coming off the Thames and tall leggy plants such as Borage have found it difficult to grow here. Low lying plants such as thyme work well.