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Food Plymouth CIC – it’s official

Traci Lewis: Food Plymouth are now a Community Interest Company (CIC). A CIC is a new type of UK company, introduced in 2005, designed for social enterprises that want to use their profits and assets for the public good. Food Plymouth have been operating as an informal city-wide partnership for the last four years, with the Soil Association providing excellent administrative support. However it was time for us to take the next step, to ensure an independent and sustainable future.

08 December 2014 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 6

What’s a BFE?

Traci Lewis: Well our BFE is the Plymouth Big Food Event. A city-wide celebration of good food, from 10-14 June. A food event for the city, in which everyone can get involved. To kick things off we have a Big Food Debate, at the National Marine Aquarium on 10th June, an opportunity to debate and celebrate healthy and sustainable food. We are really pleased to have Carolyn Steele speaking, a leading thinker on food and cities who wrote Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives, an inspiration for our work in Plymouth.

06 June 2014 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 13

DEAL: The French Connection

Traci Lewis: I have just returned from a three day trip to Rennes, the capital of Brittany, in France. This is part of an EU project the Soil Association and Food Plymouth are part of called DEAL, a French acronym meaning the 'economic development of local food'. Some might say this is just an excuse for the 13 partner organisations (a mix of Local Authorities, Education providers and Farming organisations) to eat a lot of great food together, however we also share a lot of learning, so I wouldn’t say that is strictly fair!

01 April 2014 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 6

Finding the key ingredients for success

Traci Lewis: After a night of monumental rain and flooding in Devon and Cornwall, I turned up to our last Food Plymouth Steering Group meeting not sure if anyone would even make it! But out of the rain emerged a City Councillor along with representatives from the large public sector institutions; Plymouth University and Plymouth Community Health Care, as well as small social enterprises such as Food is Fun, Allways Apples and Diggin’ It.

26 February 2014 | 2 Comments | Recommended by 7

Food Plymouth - So what's a Sustainable Food City then?

Traci Lewis: Food Plymouth started as an idea, based on pioneering urban food programmes in North America. It was chosen primarily due to the pioneering work of Plymouth City Council School Meals Service who were the first local authority to ever achieve Gold Food For Life Catering Mark. Along with some other unique opportunities and challenges; an abundance of local and organic produce from both land and sea, against a backdrop of food deserts and health inequalities within the City itself. Equally importantly, it has been supported by a really good mix of people and partners from across the city, who have got behind the vision and worked hard to help make it happen.

22 January 2014 | 1 Comments | Recommended by 4

Going slow with the Turin crowd

Jim Kitchen: An everyday meal in classical Rome was frugal - a simple porridge of emmer wheat and broad beans would have been typical. But Romans set aside this frugality for civic banquets which played an important role in political, social and religious life. Such events, ostensibly a gathering of equals, was called a convivium. The modern expression of a convivium lies at the heart of the Slow Food movement, which has over 1300 of these local chapters around the world, working to defend their culinary culture and support sustainable food production.

09 November 2012 | 148 Comments | Recommended by 15

Blythman is brilliant in Belfast

Jim Kitchen: It was towards the end of the evening when we’d invited questions from the audience and someone asked about GM food – the response flowed with authority, evidence and complete conviction. Joanna Blythman was in Belfast, appearing at a Soil Association event as part of the inaugural Restaurant Week, an initiative of Belfast City Council. A sold-out audience of forty lucky people had enjoyed the splendid hospitality and exquisite local organic food provided by Niall McKenna at his celebrated restaurant and heard Joanna talk about her latest book, What to Eat.

16 October 2012 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 6

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