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Hello Food Plymouth friends, partners and supporters. As the nights are drawing in and Autumn is upon us this Quote from Henry David Thoreau feels like a wonderful way to introduce this issue of the Food Plymouth e-bulletin.
“Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to […]
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The Food Plymouth e-bulletin reaches 50
Two years ago we decided to publish a Food Plymouth e-bulletin fortnightly. Our intention was to showcase the energetic and exciting endeavours of Food Plymouth’s numerous partners, network members and stakeholders; to publicise developments and opportunities; to show Plymouth’s activities in the context of the national Sustainable Food Cities movement […]
Hello Food Plymouth members, friends and supporters. The summer holidays have arrived and with them, the rain! A wonderful respite for the land and a reason to grab a cuppa and take in all that we have to share with you.
Deadline has arrived ahead of our having time to write about the Stoke Stars […]
Food Plymouth is benefitting massively from the infusion of fresh perspectives,knowledge and skills from new active partners. The talents and energy being released and the momentum generated is a real tonic. This is already delivering tangible benefits for the city and its hinterland.
For the benefit of new partners – and as a refresher for established friends and supporters – here is a brief introduction to Food Plymouth giving an overview of our collective endeavours and achievements.Continue Reading →
Our recent Thrive Plymouth Year 5 planning meeting showed how precisely how far and how fast our co-working with our partners and colleagues at Plymouth City Council’s Public Health team towards has advanced. In this vein, please see the appeal by Neil Minion around food projects wishing to be featured on film at the top […]Continue Reading →
In the past fortnight we have engaged with numerous events, initiatives and organisations around the city and are pleased to bring you news from Plymouth Marjon University, The University of Plymouth, UK Marine Park Conference, Plastic Free Plymouth and so much more.
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Food Plymouth, the driver for positive change, has stepped up ar gear in recent weeks. Our collaboration with Thrive Plymouth is picking up pace and the insight into 2018/19’s Connecting People Through Food focus is looking very exciting!
In issue #44 Food Plymouth have been supporting Plymouth Market for Love Your Local Market 2018 […]Continue Reading →
The current watch words in and around Food Plymouth are to celebrate our successful multi-sector collaborative partnership and to accelerate towards achieving Sustainable Food Cities Silver standard. This drive includes ever closer collaboration with Plymouth City Council’s Strategic Public Health team and partners and the exciting plans for the Thrive Plymouth Year 5 food focused activities.
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Thrive Plymouth Year Five – A Step-Change for Food Plymouth
Food Plymouth is delighted to be engaging with a major set of opportunities and challenges around tackling food poverty, diet-related ill-health and access to affordable healthy food. Key aspects of this are Food Plymouth’s engagement with the Food Power anti poverty agenda and […]Continue Reading →
Issue #39 brings us an opportunity to ‘adopt’ Fairtrade Plymouth into the Food Plymouth family of projects, along with our Sugar Smart Plymouth update, network news, resources and of course, dates for your diaries…
We are publishing this issue a day later than usual in order to bring you an account of yesterday’s Food Plymouth […]Continue Reading →
There are two new things happening today, the sun is out and we have a new e-bulletin format!
We have listened to your feedback and streamlined the layout providing more bitesize pieces of information from the partnership network and simple links to dates and resources.
It is the start of a new year and along with it fresh motivation and enthusiasm to help Plymouth achieve Sustainable Food City – Silver Status. Food Plymouth colleagues, friends, supporters, stakeholders and ambassadors are continually working together to make this happen through the six key themes.
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A big thank you to all who attended the recent Food Plymouth partnership network meeting. We were, as ever, bowled over by the support, encouragement and enthusiasm around the table.
We are pleased to include an article about our guest speaker on the day, Felicity Sylvester, Brilliant Fish in this issue. We also have news […]Continue Reading →
September is upon us already and we will soon be talking Autumn Abundance, however, right now the conversations are all about the Plymouth Brexit Summit.
We do have a generous taster of other news, views and opportunities topped off with some delectable dates for your diary too!
This issue brings an update from Food Plymouth CIC, our meeting with Marcella Finazzi, from Made in Hackney and Ian Smith’s presentation at the Off Grid Festival.
We have news from the Devon Hedge Group, Heart of the South West Growth Hub, POP+ Ideas and much, much more!
Food Plymouth enabled Plymouth to achieve Sustainable Food City (SFC) Bronze status in 2015, the first UK City to do so. Food Plymouth has been working towards SFC Silver standard since then. In addition to the Sustainable Food Cities award, Plymouth’s significant outputs include: The Big Food Event (BFE) 2014; the Fish2Fork Award and Sustainable […]Continue Reading →
Jobs! Food Research Collaboration:
Using the Arts for Food research and Dialogue.EcoChurch Southwest:Feeding Our Future.The Bulldog Trust:Funding opportunity.Sustainable Food Cities:Grants news.Grow, Share Cook:Film linkThe Soil Association Organic:
CATERed and Libraries pair up this summer
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The Open Food Network:
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Letter from Plymouth City Council Leader Tudor Evans
Dear colleagues, Please accept our congratulations on the bronze award at the recent prestigious Sustainable Food Cities awards in Bristol. It was presented at our Council meeting on 23 March 2015 and was received by Darin Halifax on your behalf. As one of […]Continue Reading →
Traci Lewis blog – 08 December 2014
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 […]Continue Reading →
On 26/11/2014 By tlewis
The CLASP Network – Communities Learning about Sustainability in Plymouth – is launching itself on the schools, communities and businesses of Plymouth on Thursday 4th December at Plymouth Guildhall and would like to showcase a range of local food providers as part of the networking session at the end of the workshops – for […]Continue Reading →
On 11/11/2014 By tlewis
The choices we make over the festive season – about what goes on our plates, the presents we buy, what we wear and what we put on our skin – have far reaching consequences for our health, the health of our countryside, and the development of countries across the world. With 30% of an […]Continue Reading →
Traci Lewis blog – 04 November 2014 Conference season is upon us – in the last month alone, I have attended the Soil Association Conference, Bristol Food Conference and DEAL in Caen, France. The theme running through all of these events has been to exchange best practice around sustainable and healthy food with other cities […]Continue Reading →
We have always come together and shared food, we want to encourage even more of this as a way of building the links and connections between us and supporting those who need some help.
If you live in Cornwall or Devon and have an exciting idea based around food that […]
Food Plymouth partners spent over six months developing a robust evidence base ‘The Future of Food’, with Plymouth City Council, to inform their new overarching city strategy the ‘Plymouth Plan 2015-2031’.
However the consultation ends on 25th October so not much time left if […]Continue Reading →
Plymouth Octopus Project (POP) are working with UnLtd to give awards to people who passionately want to get things done round growing, cooking and eating. This is for individuals who have an idea – they would get money and support. The application process is open on the UnLtd website from 17th October to 17th November […]Continue Reading →
I am a Registered Dietitian and Registered Nutritionist (Public Health) and have been lecturing at Plymouth University for 9 years. I also research the area of food choice and food poverty, where I have led projects on: Rural food poverty in North Devon in 2008; Local evaluation for […]Continue Reading →
Traci Lewis: September blog Coming back to work this month I have been confronted with a range of new food-related initiatives and campaigns. What is it about September that creates this urge for change?
In fact, whilst in this ‘back to school’ mood, I do actually find it a much better time than […]Continue Reading →
Plymouth is recognised nationally as being among the best cities in the country for healthy eating school meal plans. It was named the EDUCatering Local Authority of the Year 2013, and […]Continue Reading →
Traci Lewis Blog 6.8.2014.
Over two days last month I completed two very different applications forms – each representing a significant milestone for Plymouth and our journey as a sustainable food city.
First we submitted our application to be one of the UK’s first accredited Sustainable Food Cities. A day later, at a meeting […]Continue Reading →
On 13/06/2014 By tlewis
Vintage Tea Rooms, Homemade Burgers and a Seafood Festival – 6 Great Universities for Foodies
To celebrate the 2014 Inspirational Student Awards, the team at budgeting account provider thinkmoney are putting together a series of blogs highlighting the best of university life in all its forms, from craft ale hot spots to the […]Continue Reading →
Okay, where to start. Traci asked me to write this about a month ago so the fact that it’s taken me until now to start typing says quite a lot!
We have so much going on at the moment it often seems as though there are […]Continue Reading →
Traci Lewis, Food Plymouth coordinator explained what it’s all about. ‘It’s an opportunity for everyone in Plymouth to get involved […]Continue Reading →
2 May 2014: Traci’s regular blog about Plymouth’s journey as a sustainable food city
Plymouth is very fortunate to be surrounded by rich agricultural land on one side and the sea on the other. Yet despite its advantaged location, very little of the food eaten in the city is actually sourced locally, or […]Continue Reading →
10 am – 2 pm, 2nd May
4 Fore Street (opposite Specsavers)
Honey, apple juice, bread, cakes, eggs, bacon, sausages, pork, quiches, pies, smoked fish, veg, cheese, shrubs and plants…see you there!Continue Reading →
We are launching a new local produce market in Plymouth every 2nd Saturday from 10th May 2014 Our aim is to provide local producers, micro-businesses and keen hobbyists a regular busy city outlet to sell their wares be it; breads and pastries, meat and fish, pickles and preserves, fruit and veg or handmade crafts.
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On 22/04/2014 By tlewis
The Communities Secretary, is examining plans to free local authorities from a 103-year-old obligation to provide plots of public land for cultivation by gardeners. The proposals could see local authorities, many of them strapped for cash under government-imposed cuts, selling off allotment land for social housing or even for profit to major companies.
Who do you think is doing the most to support the aims of the Plymouth Food Charter? The Charter supports a thriving local economy to help create a more healthy and sustainable food city.
You can nominate your favourites from following categories;
Best Producer, Best Local Food Product, Sustainable Restaurant or Cafe, Sustainable Food School […]Continue Reading →
On 15/04/2014 By tlewis
Gia comes and meets us at Tavistock’s Quaker House every other Friday to collect Tamar Valley Food Hubs orders of bread, fresh veg, local cheese fresh fish and meats to take back to Plymouth and meet our customers at our two collection points across the city – the Bread and Roses, Ebrington Street […]Continue Reading →
Traci Lewis blog – 01 April 2014
Traci’s regular blog about Plymouth’s journey as a sustainable food city.
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 […]Continue Reading →
I’m not a good shopper. I know this and I try to change but I seem to have quite string habits which take over when making buying decisions under “live conditions”. This is a common phenomenon, described brilliantly in the book “Why aren’t we saving the planet: a psychologist’s perspective”. The author, Geoffrey Beattie, […]Continue Reading →
Tamar Valley Food Hub is an online Farmer’s Market and shop bringing together the best of Tamar Valley produce in one place. Order your weekly shop by midnight on Tuesday and on Friday your […]Continue Reading →
On 03/03/2014 By tlewis
Plymouth City Market is proud to announce plans for a new local produce and craft market. Aimed at championing all that is great about the South West, the market shall run from May to September as a platform for micro businesses, local producers and keen hobbyists to sell their wares.
Plymouth City Centre has been […]Continue Reading →
If you have any colleagues, friends or family who may be interested in placing an order with us, then please pass on our details. Orders can be placed by midnight on Tuesday for home or workplace delivery in Plymouth on Friday afternoon.
We are hoping to start our Plymouth collection hubs – one […]Continue Reading →
On 19/02/2014 By tlewis
February. Sigh. In the light (or lack of it..) of the weather and time of year, the recipe this week has to focus on breakfast as the mainstay of winter healthy (h)eating! Here’s a recipe with a definite winter slant, an amazing way to start the day, especially in this wet, wild, wintry weather. Keep […]Continue Reading →
On 31/01/2014 By tlewis
Food Plymouth started as an idea, based on pioneering urban food programmes in North America – I was initially brought in to help develop the partnership, business plan and Lottery funding bid.
Plymouth was chosen primarily due to the pioneering work of Plymouth City Council School Meals Service who were the first local authority to ever […]Continue Reading →
Devonport Guildhall, 11am – 4pm, 30 October. Celebrate another Allways Apples festival with us! There will be; a range of food stalls, childrens activities, cookery demos, face painting and much more! Lots of fun for all the family.
Food Plymouth are hosting the cookery demos and also a talk on how to ‘Set up a Food Coop […]Continue Reading →
On 02/04/2013 By tlewis
Around 60 food businesses, Plymouth Guildhall, drop in between 10am – 5pm.Continue Reading →
The Food Plymouth Expo is on this Wednesday, with over 60 food producers and support organisations exhibiting; including fresh fish, meat, pasties, fruit and veg, along with a range of other innovative and tasty local food products. Organisers expect around 250 visitors, amongst them many of the region’s leading restaurants and hotels, along with other key […]Continue Reading →
On 31/01/2013 By tlewis
At a time when 25% of the adult population is considered to be obese and the annual cost of the national obesity epidemic is estimated at £5 billon, a Plymouth based research project that introduced young men and older people to sustainable and healthy food activities points to innovative partnership solutions. The research showed how […]Continue Reading →
Some scientists have suggested that, when all potential inefficiencies are accounted for, local food distribution systems may be less sustainable than globalised systems. However, new research examining the behaviour of participants in local food networks in France suggests that they can be as energy efficient as globalised systems.
Under globalised food systems, produce is often […]Continue Reading →
Mexican peasants are starting a hunger strike against the planting of GMO Maize. They are asking for international solidarity and support in their struggle against this.
‘This is not just an issue for peasant farmers. The coming GMO maize invasion would impact all people as consumers, and would aggravate the terrible food dependency that our […]Continue Reading →
Tamar Grow Local, Tavistock College and Transition Tavistock invite you to discuss Tavistock’s newest producer market together with inspiring presentations and discussions.
Where: The Octagon Centre, Tavistock College (Crowndale Road, PL19 8DD) When: Thursday Feb 7th – 18:45 to 22:00 Cost:
No fixed charge although donations will be welcomed!
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The Soil Association helps launch national campaign to tackle world hunger. Hunger and malnutrition in childhood will trap almost a billion young people in poverty by 2025, according to a major new campaign. ‘Enough Food for Everyone IF’, the largest coalition of its kind in the UK since Make Poverty History in 2005. IF enough […]Continue Reading →
The Treasury cafe, bar and restaurant in Catherine St, Plymouth have pledged their support to the Plymouth Food Charter. They actively source all their meat, fruit and vegetables from local producers and suppliers, they also undertake a sustainable fish sourcing policy.
Proprieter Benjamin Shearn said, ‘ Where possible we aim to source all our meat from farm to fork […]Continue Reading →
On 25/10/2012 By tlewis
At Plymouth University Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones will be talking about his interesting career in food marketing.
He has built, developed and established ‘The Black Farmer’ into a powerful food brand, which he has more recently extended out into non-food product lines.
To find out more: how to get a job in marketing, why quality really does sell, how to […]Continue Reading →
Fancy becoming a trader in the Plymouth City Market? All of our traders enjoy a fun, relaxed working environment with fair trade and equality as a priority. Please complete the small form below and hit the Join button and we’ll get an application form in the post to you. Alternatively, you can pop in and […]Continue Reading →
THE importance of using locally sourced food to boost the economy, the community and people’s health has been highlighted by the visit to Plymouth of a team from the French city of Rennes.
The delegation from Brittany crossed the Channel to share ideas as part of a joint initiative involving the two […]Continue Reading →
A Harvest Market will run alongside the popular annual apple festival on 31 October, at Devonport Guildhall in Ker Street. We have excellent local producers but there are still some spaces available.
For more information about booking a stand contact email@example.com
For general enquiries about the event contact Tess on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07531 […]
A French delegation from Rennes will be visiting Plymouth on 11th and 12th October to explore and exchange learning on short supply chains and how they can support local food systems. During the trip they will visit local businesses who provide examples of local best practice; Keveral Growers, Tamar View Fruiterers, Brook Green Centre of […]Continue Reading →
Efford’s monthly Street Market is taking place tomorrow 4 October, 10am – 4pm.
Great news: we have a fresh fruit and veg stall joining us tomorrow. Please come along and support the traders.
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Plymouth Business Expo, part of the Marine City Festival, will be on Wednesday 12th September on Plymouth Hoe. Mainly a B2B event but with a number of hotels and conference venues exhibiting. Interested in exhibiting? contact Lesley Allinson at the Chamber of Commerce on 01752 273880 or email@example.com.Continue Reading →
This year’s Plymouth Food Awards winners are announced today and will presented with their awards on the main stage at Flavour Fest today at 12.30pm. Congratulations to all winners and thank you to everyone who supported them with your nominations and votes. www.foodplymouth.org/?page_id=295
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Come and visit Food Plymouth at Flavour Fest this weekend. Also don’t miss the presentation of the Plymouth Food Awards on the main stage at 12.30pm Friday 17th August. Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote and support the excellent businesses and organisations who were nominated. Look forward to seeing you there! Continue Reading →