A Message from The Landworkers’ Alliance

A Message from The Landworkers’ Alliance The Agriculture Bill is making a swift return to parliament on May 13th – so we need to act quickly! The Bill still has has a welcome focus on restoring nature, but it must do more to protect our supply of healthy, home grown food. HELP US AMEND THE…

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Devon Community Foundation COVID-19 Response

Devon Community Foundation COVID-19 Response Weekly Briefing, 7 May 2020 There’s a great spotlight on food and nutrition is this week’s issue. Click here or below to download the Devon Community Foundation COVD-19 Response Briefing 07.05.20 DCF Covid Weekly Briefing 6_07.05.20

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Social Enterprise and COVID-19

As a Social Enterprise city we felt it was important to bring you the latest news from our friends at Social Enterprise UK. This research is based on the responses of social enterprises to a survey looking in depth at the impact of COVID-19 on social enterprises; how social enterprises are adapting to the crisis…

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M&S: new campaign to support British Farmers

M&S is launching a six-week campaign to support British farmers. Committing to British farmers The campaign includes documenting and interviewing farmers by ‘farmer cam’ to shed light on what goes behind the scenes and further showcase British products across its stores. This is part of a wider push to reassert its commitment to sourcing from…

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New to gardening?

Here are a few tips from Grow Your Own magazine members. Click the link for the full story. Mary Cook says: “Don’t give up. Our first year of growing we had a late frost that killed nearly all of my seedlings (early June). At that point I would usually have packed up and thought it…

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Supporting Local Food Online – from Sustain

Many small food businesses have moved their trade online during the lockdown. Sustain has currated a (non-exhaustive) list of websites which host several independent food businesses selling their produce. If you are a food organisation looking to sell your products online, we have collated some useful resources here National directories Here is a list of national directories, many…

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A light at the end of the Covid tunnel?

Written for the Sustainable Food Trust – A light at the end of the Covid tunnel? by Patrick Holden on 24 April, 2020 in Food Systems In farming and food systems, as in every other avenue of public life, context is everything, as I said during a discussion on Al Jazeera’s ‘Inside Story’, this past Thursday. On the programme, which…

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What does a global pandemic mean for a global food system?

What does a global pandemic mean for a global food system? by Honor May Eldridge – Head of Policy on 24 April, 2020 in Business and Food, Food Policy, Food Systems In the last few weeks, we have all experienced the impact that COVID-19 has had on food supplies. With supermarkets picked clean, many are wondering whether this is a short-term reaction…

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Food Plymouth partners – we want to hear from YOU

A month of the Covid-19 pandemic has now passed and these unprecedented show no signs of easing. Food businesses, restaurants and organisations have had to make difficult decisions. Some have had to close, some have adapted their offering to continue to trade. We want to share your stories and let people know what amazing businesses…

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Accessing fruit & veg during Covid-19 – Survey

Our friends at Peas Please have developed a survey to track people’s experiences of fruit and veg access during the Covid-19 crisis. Please click the link to complete it: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScQnxikQZDE4EPO7bAznwUm7kR4D7eLx9iDi2cYXwS_2bueFQ/viewform This survey is part of the Peas Please project, whose mission is to make it easier for everyone in the UK to eat more vegetables.…

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Food Equality Plymouth – Workshops & YouTube Channel

Visual Exhibition + 3 short ‘Food Equality Plymouth’ films of our Workshops We are excited to share with you the visual outputs of our Year 1 Workshops! These detail experiences of food topics which we gathered at our creative, interactive workshops. Creative outputs from these workshops include; Food memories, current food issues and what the…

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Support your local businesses and #Shop4Plymouth

Support your local businesses and #Shop4Plymouth The current crisis affects us on both a global and local level, with restrictions on movement impacting the way we live – including the way we shop. Our local businesses have adapted rapidly to these challenges by providing online ordering, delivery services, collection options and more. However, they need the…

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Is Covid-19 driving a new food and farming system?

Is Covid-19 driving a new food and farming system? Vicki Hird is a Sustainable Farm Campaign Coordinator at Sustain, where she manages their farm policy and related campaigning. Read her blog, below, where she explores what changes to the UK food system are needed post-Covid-19. https://www.rsph.org.uk/about-us/news/guest-blog-is-covid-19-driving-a-new-food-and-farming-system.html

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Plymouth Food Equality Project – latest news!

Plymouth Food Equality Project – April 2020 We are excited to present the visual outputs of our Year 1 workshops!  These detail experiences of food topics which we gathered at our creative, interactive workshops.  These are a series of 3 audio-visual pieces about food on our YouTube Channel – memories, current issue and what the future…

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Webinar on free school meals during COVID19 emergency

Together with School Food Matters, Food Foundation, Food for Life & Chefs in Schools, the Children’s Food Campaign is hosting a free webinar on  Friday 17th April, 11-12.30 to hear what local authorities are doing in different locations to support children, get an update about the new government voucher scheme and learn about what protections are in…

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Small emergency loan programme for food production

Small emergency loan programme for food production Funding Enlightened Agriculture (FEA) is a network of organisations and individuals who wish to support agricultural and food production practices that are economically sound, socially just and promote long-term protection of natural resources. In response to COVID-19 crisis they have released a small emergency loan programme. This recognises…

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Veg Power resources for families at home

Veg Power resources for families at home. Though the Eat Them To Defeat Them schools campaign had to wrap up early, the schools resources are all available to download at home. Find lesson plans, recipes and reward charts here. Check out Veg Power on Twitter to see how schools and families across the UK have been…

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Support call for an emergency “land army” package

Support call for an emergency “land army” package The Landworkers’ Alliance, who represent more than 1,000 small, medium, community, and family farmers in the UK, are calling for an investment of £9.3 million to ensure a rapid transition to a shock resistant localised food system. They have written a letter to Chancellor Rt Hon Rishi Sunak and Rt Hon Victoria…

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Community Cooking Guidance

The Food Standards Agency has refreshed our long-standing community cooking guidance to reflect the welcome increase in individuals and community groups supplying vulnerable people with food during the coronavirus pandemic.  This guidance provides food safety information for individuals or groups wishing to prepare meals at home for their community. This can include preparing or donating…

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Covid-19 underlines the need for resilient food systems

“We won’t forget Covid-19 easily. It is a reminder that our fundamental strengths lie in the connections that exist between people. It is an opportunity to give the respect most deserved to people-scale food systems creating local resilience through personal connections between eaters, local producers, neighbours and communities.” Nick Weir from the Open Food Network…

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Moving with the Very Strange Times

Food Plymouth’s positive relationship with the REconomy Centre and Totnes 10 as well as our work with other partners in the Devon New Economies movement, leads us to share this latest news from our friends at The Kitchen Table in Totnes. While their story is unique to them, the damage they are suffering and their…

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