Feeding the City – Food Entrepreneurs Event in Plymouth

Calling all budding food business social entrepreneurs and others interested in food and entrepreneurship! Food Plymouth CIC is partnering with the King’s Cross Impact Hub to bring the exciting national Feeding the City initiative to Devon and Cornwall. We are holding a free ideas generating workshop designed for pre-start ups exploring and testing your business ideas with others…

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Food Plymouth CIC – Four Years Old and Counting!

By Ian Smith In 2014, after four years of invaluable support by the Soil Association for Food Plymouth’s partnership and network (which included a substantial part-time paid coordinator post), it was announced that the support package would be drawing to a close early the following year.  Work then immediately began to create a replacement infrastructure…

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Feeding the City – New Business Workshops

By Ian Smith Food Plymouth CIC is collaborating with the King’s Cross Impact Hub to bring a Feeding the City Ideation workshop for food sustainability to the city in mid-January.  Feeding the City is a 1 year programme which supports sustainable, community-rooted, food businesses to start up.  To do this, King’s Cross Impact Hub is partnering with a dozen…

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New for 2019 The Growing Community Abundance Project

Food Plymouth has a long track record of supporting a range of edible landscape, foraging and community growing initiatives.  However, as we all know, sustaining such projects can be a real challenge, especially when any initial support packages fade away.  To help to overcome these obstacles  – and in response to various direct approaches and…

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FLAVOUR – An Innovative Collaboration

By Ian Smith As outlined at recent Food Plymouth partnership and network meeting, Food Plymouth CIC has contracted to be an ‘Observer Partner’ in the EU funded FLAVOUR Interreg2Seas project.  This involves working with Plymouth Marjon University (Marjon) and other partners in the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.  The overall aim of FLAVOUR is…

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Special thanks to Livewell Southwest

Throughout 2018 Food Plymouth has continued to survive and succeed on what is essentially a shoe string, working to achieve successful collaborative partnerships in order to achieve our shared goals of a more connected, resilient and sustainable city. The on-going enthusiasm and generosity of the Food Plymouth core team and the wider network and partnership has been essential for…

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Permaculture Design Course

Permaculture Design Course starting January 2019 By Tess Wilmot Permaculture is all about learning from and working with nature to create sustainable systems for life and work. In the words of the Permaculture Association : ‘Permaculture is a design process. It helps design intelligent systems which meet human needs whilst enhancing biodiversity, reducing our impact…

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Billy Ruffian’s Seasonal Celebration

13th December 2018 By Ian Smith Following the successful launch of Billy Ruffian’s – Plymouth’s community owned and run craft brewery – on Social [Enterprise] Saturday in October, members of the Billy Ruffian’s team enjoyed a seasonal celebration in The Clipper.   Appropriately enough, two excellent Billy Ruffian’s ales – a porter and a golden bitter…

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Spaces and Places for Food

By Claire Turbutt The Spaces and Places for Food project is about finding a creative way to use spaces and places in the city for connecting people, using food as the catalyst.  Plymouth is one of the greenest cities in the UK with 40% of our land being dedicated to nature (and we have all the blue space around us as well). With…

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Food Power funding bid success!

By Dr Clare Pettinger We are very pleased to confirm that Food Plymouth has won a £10K funding bid (Food Power) to develop our local Food poverty alliance in Plymouth. I led the bid along with the help of strategic partners (Sarah Ogilvie, Public Health; Darin Halifax, Plymouth City Council; Helen Ryan, Plymouth Community Homes; Brad…

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Fizz Free February!

February 2019 might seem like ages away, but we want to give you plenty of time to prepare to take part in Fizz Free February. Following on from Southwark’s Council’s fantastic campaign earlier this year, we want to take Fizz Free national! Please plan this into your 2019 comms and engagement. Anyone and everyone in the SUGAR…

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Commendations & congratulations for Environment Plymouth

By Jackie Young I am really delighted to say that Environment Plymouth has won national recognition at the 2018 Groundwork Community Awards. Thank you to Zoe [Sydenham] at Plymouth City Council for the nomination! The ‘Plastic Free’ campaign was the winner in the Best Community Contribution to Environmental Sustainability at a celebration in the Houses of Parliament and was collected…

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Plymouth Gardening Gurus

Two of Plymouth’s gardening champions have been sharing their gardening adventures on BBC Radio Devon recently.   Dennis Trewin and Tess Wilmot shared their enthusiasm and love of gardening on Toby Buckland’s regular Sunday morning gardening programme.  On Sunday 18th November, as Toby was away, Michael Chequer interviewed Dennis about his broad experience in gardening and teaching…

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Sustainable Food Cities – What Next?

By Ian Smith The Sustainable Food Cities (SFC) Network is conducting a consultation exercise on the theme of ‘What Next?’ For the national SFC programme.  This is a review and reflective practice exercise, drawing learning and informative experiences from the highs and lows of the Sustainable Food Cities programme phases 1 and 2 and looking…

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Sustainable Fish Deliveries – Trains take the strain!

Caroline Bennett of Plymouth’s ethical sustainable fish co-operative enterprise Sole of Discretion brings us this account of the west country’s railways carrying fresh produce to market: The train has quite simply saved our business.  We started using the Great Western Railway 3pm Plymouth to London Paddington High Speed Train service on a daily basis (Monday…

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Exeter Food Poverty Summit

13th November 2018 by Ian Smith CATERed MD Brad Pearce and myself had the privilege of representing Food Plymouth at the Exeter Food Poverty summit.  This event was organised and run by our friends and colleagues from Food Exeter and was held in the city’s historic guildhall. The summit was opened by Cllr Duncan Wood,…

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Spread The Word

Joining up with Thrive Plymouth  for year 5 – People Connecting Through Food  #thriveplymyr5 – will enable all of us at Food Plymouth to reach new people and organisations and encourage wider collaboration and significantly broaden our network. If you would like to share any news, events or information with the Food Plymouth partnership and network, please contact Zoe Nile.

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Food Safety Success

Plymouth City Council’s Food Safety team, in conjunction with Thrive Plymouth Year 5 partners has delivered a series of successful training events at Plymouth Guildhall over the last month. Events were attended by over 170 people representing over 100 different childminder, nursery, care home and community settings. In addition to an essential food safety update, Public Health England provided an up-to-date session on infection control, including winter readiness. Thrive Plymouth partners…

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Doing Business with Local Councils Workshop

14th November 2018 By Ian Smith   Plymouth’s ninth Social Enterprise City Festival included a workshop session on doing business with Local Councils.  This was hosted at the Millfields Trusts’ Creykes Court building and was facilitated by a talented team from Devon County Council.  I took part in support of Food Plymouth’s transforming catering & procurement…

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HotSW LEP Annual Conference and AGM

12th November 2018  By Ian Smith Once again I had the honour of representing Food Plymouth at the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP) annual conference and AGM.  This year’s conference was held in the excellent setting of Sandy Park, Exeter. This year, I was particularly struck by the ambition, energy…

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University of Plymouth Business Networking Breakfast

12th November 2018 by Ian Smith   I had the pleasure of representing Food Plymouth at a Business Networking Breakfast hosted by the University of Plymouth’s Careers & Employability Service at the University’s Robert Levinsky building.  This was the opening event of Plymouth Enterprise Week #PEW 2018. Following a tasty light breakfast and valuable networking…

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Doing It Ourselves – Plymouth Co-operative Economy Plan Launch

 12th November 2018 Doing it Ourselves – A strategic action plan to double the local co-operative economy in Plymouth by 2025 – was launched on 12th November, the opening day of Plymouth Enterprise Week.  Food Plymouth is working with Plymouth City Council in pursuit of this exciting policy.  Further information about the plan and developments around this collaboration…

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Celebrating Soup!

By Laura Kelly   Soup Corner in Union Street celebrated its first birthday on Tuesday 30th October. It was a wonderful day filled with our regulars, balloons, cake and of course soup. Michal, Dagmar and Hayley are the fantastic people who make sure there is a bowl for everyone. Soup Corner is open to everyone on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays…

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Strategic International Partnership

22nd October 2018 By Ian Smith Food Plymouth enjoys a fruitful working partnership with the University of Plymouth’s business school.  The latest expression of this was an invitation to take part in a networking lunch with entrepreneurs, professionals and academics from Malaysia and other Pacific Rim countries. The context of this is that the University…

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The Buckwell

By Zoe Nile A visit to the 15th Century wishing well with Sam Cross unearths past uses for the building and provides some food for thought! On Tuesday 25th September 2018 I was given the opportunity to meet with Sam Cross, whose family own No 18 Buckwell Street, on the Barbican, to take a closer look…

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A great idea from the Plymouth Foodbank

By Zoe Nile Following the success of their August challenge, the foodbank are asking donors to ‘think big’. They have created a donation calendar enabling anyone wanting to participate to tick off an item a day that they want to donate through the month of October, resulting in a well varied box of donations at the end…

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