Local Food News
Local Food's Big Review - Lets Keep our Communities Growing
To help promote the good work of the funding programme and to share the stories of some of our projects, we have created an Annual Report or more accurately, a Mid-Term Review.
From farmers markets to allotments, beekeeping to a community cafe, this inspiring online landscape will give you a taster of the areas and projects that Local Food is having a positive impact on.
Headphones or speakers are a must to fully experience the sounds included and you will need Flash installed to view the videos and animation.
View the report here
Social Media - Why not have a Flickr through our images!
And then add some of your own! Local Food wants to develop a gallery of all the amazing work that is happening up and down the country, and to do this we need your help.
We want Local Food-funded projects to join us on Flickr and showcase the work they are doing. Our Flickr page contains a tasty sample of images of the projects we fund, but this is just the beginning. Simply sign up to Flickr and join our group 'The Local Food Programme', and then start adding your images!
Local Food projects join forces to get people growing about fruit and veg!
Here, Nikki Wood, project facilitator of Healthy Tots, gives her account of when youngsters from the West Midlands project got a taste of local produce after spending the day with Chyan Community Allotments learning about how food is grown.
The two Local Food projects decided to get together and exchange ideas about how to develop their schemes, whilst children and parents dug up potatoes. The tots looked on excitedly as volunteers made apple juice from fruit grown onsite and sampled a range of healthy snacks straight from the ground.
Local Food has provided funding to many inspiring projects up and down the country to date. Take a look at our Project Pages to find out more about all the projects we fund, and catch up on what they've been up to by reading their blogs.
Recently awarded Local Food projects include:
Local Food Awards
BBC 4 Food and Farming Awards 2011
The search for Britain's best food producer is now in its 12th year, and the shortlist will be announced on the website in September. The awards recognise the contribution made by individuals to British food, providing inspirational tales of what food lovers can bring to the table.
Although nominations have closed, this is definitely one for local food lovers to keep their eye on.
Vote for Local Food in your area
Proud of the food being produced in your area? Below are a selection of regional awards that you can vote for your favourite restaurant, pub, supplier or farmer. Show your pride and get voting for them now!
Bagged an award yourself? We want to hear from you!
If you have won an award and would like to share your success story with the Local Food community, then send full details of the award, any advice on putting an entry together, and stories of how you spent any prize money, through to email@example.com.
Walden Local Food - Cranachan
Sample this delicious refreshing dessert recipe originally from Scotland, but made using local and organic produce from the historic market town of Saffron Walden.
Click here for this recipe
Groups that share our interest
Paul Merry of Dorset-based baking school Panary is supporting the Real Bread Campaign's mission to help put Real Bread on the Menu of more public sector canteens around the country by offering cooks a generous 30% discount on selected courses. Those that take advantage of this special offer will learn all they need to know about making bread from scratch. Where possible, locally sourced ingredients are used to create delicious bread with no artificial additives, so that hospitals and schools can serve up food that is both tastier and healthier.
What's going on?
Local Food Events
The aim of these events is to provide Local Food funded groups with creative ideas regarding sustainability, to ensure that the activities and benefits of their project continue beyond the funding period.
The events will include an introduction and sessions looking at case studies of local projects, which have achieved other ways to finance their operation and sustain themselves without any funding.
15th September 2011 - South West
6th October 2011 - South East
13th October 2011 - North East
All events are free to attend with lunch provided, however travel expenses and subsistence costs will not be refunded. Please note that any events with low attendance figures may be postponed and rearranged at a later date.
For further details and to book your place, complete this form and return it to us through the details provided.