The Sustainability of Community Food Production Projects: Case Studies From The Ground Up. Lucy Rose Wright [email protected] Word Count: 364 In the past decade there has been a steady re-emergence of communities actively engaged in small-scale locally based food production projects. The contribution of these projects to the future challenges faced by society (socially, environmentally and economically) has been much hypothesised. The question remains though about how sustainable these projects actually are beyond rhetoric, and whether those organising and participating within have considered the longevity of the project’s they are committed to. It is necessary to understand what sustainability means to these projects, how it is defined, negotiated and whether it is contested. Additionally to study whether projects have the capacity and networks structures to sustain themselves and remain part of a progressively vital resource of food. This research serves to build on the body of research, which has highlighted that community projects face socioeconomic problems. The subject of this study is of critical importance to ensure that the current landscape of community food projects is embedded within the community, reaching both marginalised and non-marginalised members of the society in which they operate. This research seeks to discover whether participation is becoming more demographically diverse and the rationale behind any change. The field requires in depth research into the motivations and benefits of participation in community food production projects from the people themselves. The research will employ qualitative research methodologies, which includes mapping the ‘foodscape’ of Kingston Upon Hull, conducting semi-structured interviews of community food project organisers and developing four instrumental case studies of established and establishing projects through accompanying ethnographic observation and focus group discussions. The case study projects represent those producing food or projects producing knowledge about food. The data analysis will run in parallel to and will inform the data collection. The results will produce knowledge about how sustainable community food production projects are for the future, through research in the field by investigating the opportunities and challenges faced by the projects by those involved. The outcomes of the research should serve to raise relevant concerns of those already involved in community food production projects and those embarking on initiating their own.