This site documents my  work on urban agriculture. It explore this subject through a nexus of food, art and research, from quantitative mapping to creative and cultural responses…

The Word on the Street

Published in Livingmaps Review Issue 9, 2020 LINES OF DESIRE Download the full paper here



My name is Dr Mikey Tomkins. I work across academic research and art practices within the field of urban agriculture (UA) both as theory and practice. The term…



The easiest way to find me is via a friendly to email mikeytomkins at gmail dot com  Also try Twitter: @edibleurban

Gallery of refugee gardens, Kurdistan

One of the main aims of the Lemon Tree Trust was to support home gardens for refugees. Below are a selection of images that show the wide range…

UA and Refugees


This website is a collection of works, began in 2004, what together explore the many facets of what is termed urban agriculture (UA), from quantitative mapping to creative…

Publication: Cultivating refuge: the role of urban agriculture amongst refugees

Title of paper: Cultivating refuge: the role of urban agriculture amongst refugees and forced migrants in the Kurdistan region of Iraq Cultivating refuge: the role of urban agriculture…

Academic and publications

Presentations and exhibitions

September 2020, Conference, Royal Anthropological Institute Conference title: The Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present and Future: Presenting two papers on Edible Maps and the use of maps…


Map Gallery

The map gallery features a selection of images, some high resolution, of maps, and other art work associated with the walks and events. if you copy and image…

The Edible Map project

Edible Map of Newcastle

From the 16th-23rd of May 2015 I exhibited the Edible Map of Newcastle, alongside limited edition plates, and a series of seven-day artist led walks, as part of the…

The Edible Map project

Walks gallery

A selection of images from various Edible Walks, including Hackney, Peterborough, Newcastle, Shieldfield, 2010 – 2019. Images, ©Mikey Tomkins, SAW, Julia Heslop, Sandra Keating

The Edible Map project

Costumes Gallery


Edible Map Plates

As part of the communal aspect of eating and sharing harvests, I have begun to develop the maps into plates. This is still a nascent idea but one…

The Edible Map project


SHIELDFIELD WHEATFIELD was a project in collaboration with Shieldfield Art Works, begun in 2018, with the aim of growing urban wheat in Shieldfield, Newcastle. The wheat would then…

The Edible Map project

Urban Wheat Guardian

The Urban Wheat Guardian, is one of two costumes and masks I have been making over 2020, the second is the Fish Spirit Catcher. The Urban Wheat Guardian…

The Edible Map project

Films: urban agriculture and refugee camps in northern Iraq

These films made in 2016 and 2017, explores how various aspects of urban agriculture, from home gardens to market gardens help transform the refugee camp and enrich the…

UA and Refugees

RGS: Edible Map walk narrative and instructions

Below is the full description of the Hackney edible walk from the RGS Website. I was interviewed by the RGS who transcribed and edited by commentary as shown…

The Edible Map project

Fish Spirit Catcher/ Guardian of the Sweetcorn

These costumes below, as well as the wheat costume, were created to help explore questions around the cultural response to urban food production within my imaginary maps. For…

The Edible Map project

Edible Map of Shieldfield, Newcastle

  June 2019. As part of an exhibition at Shieldfield Art Works, Newcastle upon Tyne I  exhibited the Edible Map of the Shieldfield as well as running a…

The Edible Map project

Dallas, quantitative mapping for home and market gardens

There is a companion page to this post, which explores the quantitative work that was undertaken in Dallas. This post deals with the quantitative mapping, which is an…

Quantitative Mapping