Sarah Williams, Programme Director at Sustain, reflects on urban farming in London as Capital Growth heads for its tenth anniversary, having supported over 2,700 community food growing spaces.
SUGAR SMART Calderdale launched on the 8 February in Halifax, hitting the ground running with 39 businesses, organisations and schools already pledging to take action on reducing sugar within their settings. Players from the Halifax Rugby League FC and students from local schools took on challenges such as giving up energy drinks and choosing no-sugar breakfasts.
Bristol is set to get inspired about food as a new programme “Teaching a City to Cook” launches alongside a competition to find the city’s Young Cook of the Year. SUGAR SMART Bristol, local chefs and others team up to get the city's next generation cooking.
The capital’s good food magazine has a brand-new online home. Visit each week to enjoy stories about the people who grow, make, cook, sell and save food in London.
The Scottish Food Coalition is inviting people from across Scotland to get together for Kitchen Table Talks to discuss the future of food in Scotland
In support of the Real Bread Campaign, part of the food and farming charity Sustain, Balcony Shirts is selling limited-edition t-shirts and aprons from Monday 5 February to Sunday 11 March.
The Brighton and Hove Food Partnership are crowdfunding throughout February for a Community Kitchen - a cookery school where everyone can eat, learn about and share good food.
Over two days together in Manchester, peer mentors took part in an induction focused on learning about each other’s alliances, exploring how the roles will work in each area and co-producing tools to monitor shared learning and impact along with our evaluation partner Cardiff University.
Nourish Scotland and the Poverty Truth Commission have released a report that aims to be a practical resource to help projects think about what dignity looks like in practice and how this can be achieved.
An alliance of high street brands launch a voluntary Code of Practice that includes a sugar reduction target of 20 per cent, as set out in the Childhood Obesity Plan.
Enfield's SUGAR SMART campaign launched on 13 January at Enfield Town FC's home match against Merstham FC. Fans filled out the Great Sugar Debate public survey to share their views on the issue, while local council leaders pledged borough-wide support for the initiative.
Local food poverty alliances that are members of the programme can apply for up to £5,000 for projects that aim to help increase incomes and reduce costs for people experiencing, or at risk of, food poverty.
To say thanks to people who support its work, the Campaign has harvested a basket of deals on ingredients, equipment, classes and more.
Local food champion, urban forager, innovative chef and community organiser Rachel de Thample tells the story of her journey into the field of good food.
Capital Growth’s third annual Roots to Work conference celebrated five enterprising growers who pitched their ideas to the sixty-strong crowd, at the event on 23 November 2017.
SFC now has its very own YouTube channel to showcase the people and projects across the UK that are finding practical solutions to providing sustainable food.
The Urban Farming Toolkit is a practical guide to help prospective growers establish and run a successful growing site that generates an income.
One year on, the SUGAR SMART Bristol campaign shares their journey from strength to strength with a new infographic, and considers the next steps ahead.
Sustain member Community Food and Health Scotland is hosting its annual networking event in Glasgow this year, on Monday 25th October.
All of us at Sustain are sorry to have received news of the death Gus Schumacher, an inspirational food campaigner from the US.
London is a hub for people doing good through food. The Urban Food Heroes award, launched by London Food Link and UnLtd, the foundation for social entrepreneurs, is shining a light on these inspiring people.
The first Scottish SUGAR SMART campaigns have launched in Glasgow and Aberdeen, with a strong focus on community engagement and work with local schools.
It's autumn, which for Sustain member the Orchard Project is the busiest time of year. Orchards all over the country are harvesting fruit, pressing juice and planning for a winter of pruning, planting and eating. But first -- there's time for the annual apple celebration.
London Food Link, the voice for good food in the Capital, is on the hunt for the people and organisations doing good through food and drink.
Community supported farms up and down the country are celebrating their autumn harvests with special events in September and October linked to the CSA Network UK farm open day on October 1st
This year's Urban Food Fortnight (8-24 September 2017) will feature dozens of events including a new focus on foraging and launch of London’s brand new Urban Food Heroes award.
On Saturday 16 September community food growing gardens across the capital will take part in The Urban Harvest, a day to give Londoners a taste of all the fresh and delicious food grown in the city. From harvest feasts to hands-on workshops, an annual vegetable show to volunteering, there is a wide range of ways to celebrate in London's edible gardens and enjoy the city's harvest.
The first five student-led food enterprises supported by Sustain’s Food Co-ops Network, were launched earlier this year with funding from the NUS Student Eats programme. Following the first few months of trading, we check in on their progress.
The UK's only national charity dedicated to the creation, restoration and celebration of community orchards is looking for a new Chair and two trustees.
Sustain member the CSA Network is marking two successful years of cultivating community supported agriculture in the UK. With nearly 100 CSA farms now enrolled, it is reaching out to new members, whether growers, customers or supporters.
CSA Network UK celebrates its last two years growing the community supported agriculture (CSA) movement in the UK. CSA farms reconnect the public with local food and support ecological farmers.
Over 15 student groups have been awarded start up costs and support from the Soil Association, to set up and run food markets on campus as part of the National Union of Students' (NUS) led Student Eats programme.
A therapeutic horticulture project at North Manchester General Hospital and in local community gardens to provide activities to aid recovery from mental ill health.
A group of passionate Welsh folk involved in food are aiming to establish a network to provide an umbrella for the many different activities and activists in Wales that are promoting sustainable food and diets.
With the likes of Jamie Oliver to Chris Evans helping spread the word, the ninth annual international celebration of bakeries that make additive-free loaves and encouraging people to bake Real Bread at home has been another success.
From wholefood shops to veg box schemes, market stalls and buying clubs, food co-ops come in many shapes and sizes, but how are they faring in 2017. Food co-op researcher and Sustain volunteer Celia Plender finds out.
On 22 April, 48 school and community gardens across London welcomed volunteers for a great day outdoors. From pocket gardens in Islington, to a community farm in Sutton, the day was a huge success for bringing neighbours together and improving the local environment.
To coincide with Real Bread Week (6-14 May), Balcony Shirts are producing limited-edition ‘I Love Gluten’ aprons and Fair Trade, organic cotton t-shirts, and making a doughnation to the Campaign for each one sold.
On Saturday 22 April London’s community food gardens will be hosting a day of activities and giving people the chance to learn how to grow their own food. From planting seedlings to garden treasure hunts, there will be opportunities for all ages and abilities to get involved and meet their neighbours.
Organisations working in the capital have the opportunity to apply to a new fund that may help them -- as long as some of their other finance is raised via crowdfunding.
Sustain member the Permaculture Association is holding an 'Ambassadors conference' to spread the ideas of permaculture and promote ways of creating thriving communities.
Three gardens received match-funding support from Capital Growth for selling produce over the winter, bringing in over £1,000 to their projects
The latest Briefing Paper from the Food Research Collaboration shares ideas on how to make use of the arts both to discover what people want from the food system, and to engage them in processes of change.
Unlocking Networks highlights the inner workings of London's food growing network, and its success in nuturing members.
It's the UK's biggest annual community event, and it's taking place on 17-18 June, 2017. It's also a great chance to showcase community food growing. If you would like to take part, now is the time to start planning -- and there are lots of free resources to help you.
The Sustainable Food Cities Network (which is supported by Sustain) is delighted that the Sustainable Food Partnership Aberdeen (SFPA) has become the Network's 48th member.
On 8 February 2017, The People’s Fridge launched the capital’s first community chiller at Pop Brixton.
The supermarkets may have run out of courgettes, but Community Supported Agriculture farmers have plenty of supplies -- and now is the time to sign up.
Over the next few months, the charity Sustain is ramping up activity to help secure the future of its London Food Link work and need to hear from food producers and other people who can help us out.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, and the Food Programme team at London’s City Hall, have committed to a new London Food Strategy. Applications are now sought for a refreshed London Food Board, to oversee strategy delivery, with an application deadline of Wednesday 18th January.
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Better Hospital Food
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Save Our Antibiotics
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