About us

Cities on the Grow is a cross-disciplinary project that has been funded by Climate KIC, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. It seeks to support the transition of the predominantly grant-funded business model of Community Food Enterprises (CFEs) toward the implementation of more commercially viable business practices. It also seeks to secure the social and climate benefits of CFEs whilst enhancing their role in urban, local food economies.

What is a Community Food Enterprise?

There is no hard and fast definition of what constitutes a CFE. For the purposes of this project, CFEs seek alternative, local responses to the food cycle. They operate under several legal designations, with a diversity in both the scale and scope of business practices that span all stages of this cycle – farming and growing; distribution; processing and retail; consumption and waste.