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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Sugar Smart – What’s next?

Sugar Smart UK have set up a new email group for local campaign leads, those interested in starting campaigns, and those taking action locally to reduce sugar consumption. This email group will help the network stay in touch between newsletters and support each other with resource-sharing and advice. Please note, this email group is not for promoting goods or services.…

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Sustain Brexit Forum: Delivering the Goods

Sustain Brexit Forum: Delivering the Goods While on the subject of Brexit, our friends at Sustain – the Alliance for Better Food, Farming and Fishing –  bring us this opportunity to engage at national level This is a strategy session for the Sustain alliance Brexit Forum: With six months to go until Brexit Day, what do…

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The Co-operative Councils Innovation Network Annual Conference

By Ian Smith. Several of the most active Sustainable Food City partnerships, including Cardiff, Oldham and Plymouth, have Local Authorities which belong to the Co-operative Councils Innovation Network (CCIN).  I was therefore delighted to represent Food Plymouth at the CCIN annual showcase in Croydon.  In doing this, I was among a number of multi-sector affiliate…

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Plan for Trees

Plan for Trees – in Plymouth By Tess Wilmot more pleasant, healthy and fruitful place to live in. Our friends at Plymouth Tree Partnership have been working hard over may years to plant new trees in various locations and to replant many of the street trees which had been lost over time.  They have also…

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Thrive Plymouth

Thrive Plymouth – Public Protection Advice and Support We offer expertise in food safety, health and safety, licensing, trading standards, environmental protection and pest control. Our team is part of Plymouth City Council’s Public Protection Service. We are uniquely placed to offer a range of services to help you. Our training offer: Food Hygiene training…

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Eat for Life Nutrition Course

Eat for Life – Groups in Plymouth or Online October 15, 2018 – March 17, 2019 with Jane Hutton The Eat For Life nutrition course is starting in October with a local group in Plymouth and an online group. Eating healthily, or the broader science of nutrition, have become an over-complicated, faddy, and for some, confusing part…

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Always Apples Festival 2018

Always Apples Festival 2018 – Live Music Fundraiser (September 27th) by Tess Wilmot All Ways Apples Festival is a Food Plymouth project which is all about sharing seasonal fruitfulness, celebrating Plymouth’s community growing projects and exchanging skills and knowledge about sustainable, healthy and delicious food.  The Festival and its fringe is now in its ninth…

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Too Good to Go

Check out and Download the Good to Go App After hearing about the new Too Good To Go App, I thought I’d give it a try myself. The concept is brilliant. Restaurants can sign up to the app to sell unsold food off rather than throwing it in the bin. Customers register on the app too…

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Sole of Discretion

Constructive response to recent bad publicity around one of the fishers in Plymouth’s Sole of Discretion Relatively new as I am to the fishing industry, I now appreciate why the fisheries are in the huge mess they are: nothing is simple when dealing with a shared, wild resource, and ultimately dealing with nature. Nature doesn’t fit neatly into modern business models,…

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Community Apple Pressing Event

Join Grow Stonehouse and Tess Wilmot next Friday 28th Sept at Stonehall Flats – Bring your own apples! BRING YOUR OWN APPLES  (plus a plastic bottle to collect and take away the juice) Don’t have an apple tree? Don’t worry – just come along and join in! It’s FREE! We’ll also be running an apple juice pasteurising event…

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A Music Night for an Apple Day

By Tess Wilmot The Food Plymouth All Ways Apples Festival musical fundraiser took place at Devonport Guildhall, reviving the much-loved Column Acoustic tradition.  We enjoyed a wonderful evening of atmospheric live music and poetry.  The line-up included The Liaisons, Michael Q Klein, Brian Ibbotson with Dmitry Babichev and then Anairda headlined.  In addition, Marigold Penlee…

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Healthy Start

Healthy Start: Improving uptake and understanding 10:30 – 11:30 on Wednesday 26 September Healthy Start is about much more than vitamins, offering vouchers up to £3.10 per week to spend on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk for low income pregnant women and children up to 4 years old. In…

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The RSA Food – Plymouth Visit

The RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Commission Plymouth Visit 18-19th September 2018 – by Ian Smith As the city’s recognised local food partnership, Food Plymouth was delighted to host a 24 hour visit by RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Commission researchers Lynne Davis and Elliot Kett. On the evening of Tuesday 18th September Devonport Guildhall hosted an evening…

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The RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Commission

The RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Commission visit Plymouth The mission of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) is to enrich society through ideas and action.  One expression of this work is the RSA’s Food, Farming and Countryside Commission, a major, two-year independent inquiry funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.  The Commission’s…

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All-island Food Poverty Network

All-island Food Poverty Network – Belfast, September 2018 I was invited to give a keynote presentation on my innovative ‘Food as a Lifestyle Motivator’ project, at this year’s All-island Food Poverty Network meeting in Belfast which was hosted by Food Standards Agency Northern Ireland and Safefood.eu. Presentations provided a rich insight into Ireland’s action around the food poverty agenda. Other presenters at the event included Ms Naomi Davidson of…

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The Sugar Smart Plymouth campaign

Sugar Smart Plymouth  – September 2018 Challenge The Sugar Smart Plymouth campaign continues to spread the word and encourage organisations, workplaces and individuals to reduce the amount of sugar we consume through Thrive Plymouth Year 5 programme. How are you getting on with checking food labels?  

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Fishstock Festival 2018

Food is Fun – Fishstock Festival 2018 by Tami Skelton Food Is Fun have been supporting Fishstock Festival for years, and it’s definitely one of my favourite festivals. The one day event is located in the fish quay, right in the heart of Brixham and attracts hundreds of families each year. The atmosphere is friendly and buzzing from start to finish. In the Food is…

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Plymouth Seafood Festival 2018

Plymouth Seafood Festival – Saturday 15th September 2018 What a beautiful weekend for the annual Seafood Festival in Plymouth! My Saturday afternoon was spent soaking up the sun, sea and delicious aromas around the Barbican. Revelling in the wonderful atmosphere and surrounded by an abundance of locally sourced and sustainably caught, high quality seafood on offer. Beautiful looking…

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Sugar Smart on residential!

Sugar Smart arrives in Repton, Derby Lords Taverners Wicketz Development Officer and Sugar Smart Ambassador, Vicky Reeve, has recently packed her bags and taken her Wicketz programme on residential to. Joined by another 14 programmes from across the country Vicky has run 6 half hour workshops explaining the health risks associated with high sugar intake and providing hands on activities like counting the sugar cubes in certain products.…

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The Second Annual Plymouth Brexit Summit

The Second Annual Plymouth Brexit Summit by Ian Smith Building on the success of Plymouth’s first Brexit summit a year ago, the second annual summit squarely addressed the key topic Brexit: How Prepared is Plymouth and the far South West? The summit was convened by Plymouth MP Luke Pollard with significant inputs from Molly Scott Cato, MEP…

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#SugarSmartSeptember

#SugarSmartSeptember #DAY7 Whether you are leading a local campaign, taking action as a participating setting, or an individual, take part in SUGAR SMART September using our free resources and sugar reduction challenge ideas. Resources are free and available to all, but we encourage you to register your activities on behalf of your organisation, workplace or setting,…

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FREE BEER

Free Beer – from Plymouth’s Billy Ruffian’s Brewery As part of Plymouth’s Atlantic Festival, the Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) [a key Food Plymouth partner] has been working with Danish arts collective SUPERFLEX to develop a set of “Atlantic Beers”, namely open source FREE BEER for the festival.  RIO has created a new community owned brewery Billy Ruffian’s Brewing Co as part of…

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Cook and Eat

Food is Fun and Grow Stonehouse – Cook and Eat monthly sessions We’ve been having a great time working with Lily and Grow Stonehouse this year; running monthly sessions at Union Corner, a fantastic space with great facilities, to provide an introduction into preserving, as well as creating plenty of tasty and nutritious dishes using some of the produce grown in…

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Plymouth’s Pound Kitchen

Delicious Fresh Produce and great food at Plymouth’s Pound Kitchen After all the recent buzz around Plymouth’s newest food retailer, I popped in to the Pound Kitchen in Frankfort Gate on Thursday afternoon to see it for myself. A the wonderful array of fresh and packaged produce and a warm welcome from behind the counter meant…

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The Clipper’s first weeks

Pop-up Cafés – The Clipper – Union Street, Plymouth Our 5th weekend open at the Clipper has just passed and we have had a wonderful range of food offers. We started with lovely Lizzy trying out her Clean Food Cafe over a few days with fresh salads and quiches filling our plates.  Michal who runs Our Soup at Union Corner has…

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