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Comment by Teresa Martínez on July 30, 2010 at 8:59
This is an advert created as an exercise during the One Planet Food Summer School (check link below or the FS video section). This project has the potential to start in the near future and it would be a great example of shortening the food supply chain and giving more control to people on how food gets from farm to plate, in other words Food Sovereignty!
Project Idea: A group of households in Edinburgh are developing a project to link local wheat growers to bread production and distribution. They aim to recruit at least 200 households which commit to buying 100 loaves per year. The group will buy suitable wheat, organize cleaning and milling on a farm scale, and commission local artisan bakers to bake for them. One distribution option is a social enterprise using bicycles in partnership with the Grassmarket Mission. The group is also exploring a partnership with a social landlord to ensure that the project is inclusive. Reducing waste and distribution costs will help to keep the bread affordable as well as healthy.

http://ruralresilience.ning.com/video/one-planet-food-edinburgh-cit...
Comment by Kirsty Tait on July 27, 2010 at 10:42
Hi
I just got this note about this conference in the email box this morning which might be of interest to some of the members of this group:

CATERING for the PUBLIC SECTOR- Maintaining Standards
The Barbican, London, 17th November 2010

Special early bird rate available until 12th July 2010

The annual public sector spend on food and food services is estimated to be over £2billion. A great deal of progress has been made in improving aspects such as nutrition, food safety and food quality in recent years. It is vital not to allow standards to drop in the era of efficiency savings introduced by the new coalition government. Where can efficiencies be achieved in public sector catering? How can you ensure high quality, nutritious food in these lean times? Catering in the Public Sector: maintaining standards will address these questions and more.

Food safety must continue to receive support across the industry, as well as the ongoing battle to increase the consumption of healthy food. Initiatives such as Sustain's 'Good Food on the Public Plate' project are instrumental in disseminating best practice in these areas. Public sector caterers associations also have a huge amount of expertise to share, and this event encourages participation from organisations such as LACA, HCA and TUCO.

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Comment by Mike Perry on May 6, 2010 at 13:17
Making Local Food Work launched a new report 'local food and climate change - the role of community food enterprises' on Wednesday. PDF copies can be downloaded online via http://www.makinglocalfoodwork.co.uk/news/news.cfm/newsid/140
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Comment by Teresa Martínez on April 29, 2010 at 17:20
Hi All
The Challenges of the Food System: What is the fuss with New Zealand apples?

I thought you might be interested in the blog I posted today in FS and the presentations attached. http://ruralresilience.ning.com/profiles/blogs/the-challenges-of-th...

Best. Teresa
Comment by Mike Perry on April 27, 2010 at 9:38
Hi all,

The Making Local Food Work conference is now booked out. we're launching a research report on community food enterprises and climate change at the event which I'll post here shortly. we're also just finishing a new guide to Making Local Food Work which we can also send around if it is of interest? The support is only available to community food enterprises in England but there are lots of resources online that anyone can access at www.makinglocalfoodwork.co.uk.
Thanks

Mike
Comment by Susan Pettie on April 26, 2010 at 19:33
One for the resources http://www.sustainablefoodlab.org/, interesting mix of the commercial sector committing to this.
Comment by Teresa Martínez on April 7, 2010 at 16:14
Hi Mike

This sounds very interesting for One Planet Food. Together with other food groups we have helped to develop Nourish: Scotland Sustainable Food Network. We had a very successful event in Strirling last month with 120 people, and some of the groups will be definitely interested in attending the Manchester event and learn more about Making Local Food Work (MLFW) and share their experience. I will advertise the event at Nourish ning site (http://nourishscotland.ning.com/). Do you have any document/flyer about MLFW that we could bring to our next meeting. Also, do you have any budget for travel expenses of community groups representatives?

Thanks. Teresa
Comment by Kirsty Tait on April 7, 2010 at 15:10
Hi Mike
Thanks for posting this up - sounds like a fantastic conference for all those interested in local food. It would be great to hear more about the Making Local Food Work project and the main issues/ opportunities that are emerging. I know that this is something that our partners in Falkland who run the One Planet Food project are very interested in.

Hi Nick
Thanks for posting up infomation about your local good hub. You can attach a word doc to your postings - just click on the last icon on the right (lloks like a sheet of paper!) and follow the instructions.
Cheers
Kirsty
Comment by Mike Perry on April 6, 2010 at 16:44
Hi,
The Plunkett Foundation leads a project called Making Local Food Work. It has worked with over 600 Community Food Enterprises inc farmers' markers, community-owned shops and community support agriculture enterprises over the past two and a half years. We have a free conference in Manchester on 5th May called Making Local Food Work for People and Planet if anyone is interested. Kirsty at Carnegie flagged up that I should let you all know. See http://www.makinglocalfoodwork.co.uk/news/news.cfm/newsid/137 for further info or mail me. Thanks
Mike
 

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