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Here's where you can see what's happening for good local food in Herefordshire. From local food events, through farming to food waste - we use the Sustainable Food Places topics so you can see the things you're interested in at a glance. Click on each one for more information or scroll down the most recent. Contact us to tell us what's going on in your part of the County and sign the food charter to add your voice!
Kids Kitchen Herefordshire are Recruiting: both trainees and sessional workers for their zero waste, from scratch family food activities.
They say: "We are looking to expand our Herefordshire Hub with NEW sessions in NEW venues run by NEW session leaders!
We have been fortunate enough to receive some funding from the Herefordshire Community Foundation’s Resilience Fund meaning we are able to recruit and train some new Herefordshire session leaders in the coming months FOR FREE – could you be one of them?!
Join our Alliance members Growing Local at another Big Eat on Saturday - this time with a Mediteranean theme. Cooking from scratch and creating simple food for all together. Also a good chance to talk to Pat and Louisa about the Food Charter!
Saturday 10th September 10-2
Ethos and the Living Room are creating a network of Community Larders across the county, building on their work of food surplus redistribution over the past few years. More about this initiative to join up great projects in Herefordshire soon!
They are recruiting for a Coordinator for this Community Food Larder work.
Clare and Phillippa from the Council's Health and Wellbeing teams are heading to the River Carnival this weekend for a few food waste demos.
The connection between food and the health of our rivers has become all too obvious recently so it's great to keep that connection going and explore how everyone can reduce the amount that's wasted in our kitchens, saving money too.
What they say:
"Some spuds. Half an onion. And various bits and bobs from the bottom of your fridge.
Those ingredients may not sound particularly appetising. But less-than-tantalising bits and bobs are all that’s needed to create a tasty meal. At least they are if you know what you are doing.
An amazing array of our county's best local producers and makers will be serving the best on the bank holiday weekend in the heart of Hereford. The Hereford Indie Food Festival is back after - unbelievably - FIVE YEARS!
"Hereford Indie Food is (unsurprisingly) all about great independent food + drinks businesses based out of Hereford and beyond. This year we welcome some titans of the Herefordshire food scene and our street food market is going to be fantastic!"
Farming Community Canon Frome Court will have an opportunity to look around as part of the show Three Acres and A Cow in September.
With a walled garden for the veg and very small scale pasture-fed dairy / meat there is plenty to have a look at.
With Herefordshire-based, Mixed Farm Winner of the Soil Farmer of the Year competition.
Fri, 14 Oct 2022 2pm - Dilwyn
Based in Herefordshire, Billy’s focus on the farm has been to regenerate tired soils which have previously been in a high-intensity arable system through integrating livestock alongside increasing species diversity. The arable rotation on the farm is fully integrated with herbal leys and diverse swards to ensure livestock are able to graze and improve soil health and productivity.
Back in 2021 a group of us looked at the priorities for our county in making sustainable food happen in a Herefordshire Green Network gathering.
Some of our thoughts were captured in the image below.
Following that, the Citizens Climate Assembly for Herefordshire named Food and Farming as a key priority in its recommendations - including purchasing local sustainable food, and engaging schools.
Already, priorities to reduce food miles and the length of the supply chain are being addressed - with the Alliance recently facilitating funding for a regional food procurement hub.
What's next in your opinion? What can we achieve together? Sign the Charter and we'll keep you posted. Whether you are an individual or an organisation, your pledge will make the alliance for sustainable food here in Herefordshire stronger.
Herefordshire Food Alliance are celebrating funding for a Marches Regional Food Hub!
We are one of just four regions in the UK to kick-start an innovative cross-county and cross-border food procurement partnership - supported by the Dixon Foundation and Dynamic Purchasing UK Food (DPUK).
The role of this type of Food Hub is to connect local food producers with public bodies, such as local authorities, schools and hospitals, creating shorter supply chains which have been shown to lower carbon emissions, boost the local economy and support smaller producers and businesses, while bringing fresh seasonal produce to local kitchens.
The Herefordshire Food Alliance is a network of individuals and organisations from across the county involved in local, community and sustainable food action.
Members Pat and Louise are part of Growing Local - encourages and educates communities to grow and eat local food. Growing Local is now also part of another exciting partnership - The Southside Project will transform 35 acres of green space south of the river in Hereford into a vibrant community destination with sports pitches, market gardens, affordable cafe and cookery school plus activities for all ages.
Back in 2021, members of the Food Alliance asked this question of people with an interest in sustainability and food in Herefordshire.
Here's what that room shared - what would you add? What catches your eye? what would you love to know more about?
Sign the Herefordshire Food Charter, and stay in touch with what's going on!
Members of the Herefordshire Food Alliance have been co-ordinating, connecting, supporting and sharing across key areas of the food system in the County and this food charter is the next step in bringing activities together - and inspiring more. Food has a huge economic, social and environmental impact and working together we can address this here in our county.
The charter means that individuals and organisations can pledge to Grow, Source, Choose, Cook, Eat, Share - and not Waste - good food.