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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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 →
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 →
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 [...]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
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!
Refreshments: Drinks and home made cakes [...]Continue Reading →
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.
We look forward to seeing you there.Continue Reading →
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 →
Pips Pick Your Own It has been the wettest June since records began and the hardest one for pick your owns and growers that we can ever remember! We have raspberries, gooseberries, black currents, tayberries, carrots, garlic, broad beans, wonderful new potatoes and more to come throughout the season. Please support us….we don’t like to [...]Continue Reading →
Monthly Street Market in Torridge Way
TODAY – Thursday 5th July 10am – 4pm
Come and enjoy the buzz and support our local traders. All welcome, hope to see you there.Continue Reading →
Tell us who is doing the most to bring fresh, healthy, local, sustainable and delicious food to the people of Plymouth. This is a great chance to celebrate and recognise some of the excellent local food producers, businesses, individuals and organisations who are supporting the aims of the Plymouth Food Charter and helping to make [...]Continue Reading →
On 31/05/2012 By tlewis
Cottrel Hospitality at The Dolphin House Brasserie sign up to Plymouth Food Charter, pledging to: further reduce our eco-footprint by increased and further support for food production that aims to protect nature, reduces food miles, packaging, waste and increases recycling.
We are a recently established Resturant in Plymouth and have set as our mission to [...]Continue Reading →
The Co-operative has just launched a pilot funding award for allotments and community growers in the South West. Applications are encouraged as The Co-op are keen to demonstrate to their national Values & Principles Committee that this is an area which should be supported with more resources. Application form can be downloaded until August: http://bit.ly/MY0PUX [...]Continue Reading →
East End Allotments invite you to join them for one of their delicious cream tea open days from; 11am – 1pm on 27 Jun, 16 July and 13 August. Visit their wonderful allotments, meet the people and help them raise funds for the community allotments at same time!
They look forward to meeting you there.
L’amour Botanique based in South Devon have made a pledge to support the Plymouth Food Charter:
A reduced eco-footprint: Supporting home food production that protects wildlife
and nature using environmentally friendly garden supplies (produced in the South West and UK) and supports organic growing techniques.
Life long learning & skills: Giving everyone [...]
The Government must develop a joined-up strategy to change the UK’s unhealthy and environmentally damaging food system, as fears mount about global food security, MPs on the Commons Environmental Audit Committee warn http://bit.ly/Kf9z6O
The Environmental Audit Committee’s Sustainable Food report recommends that:
stricter advertising limits protect children from junk food marketing on all [...]Continue Reading →
A special Jubilee Good Food and Craft Market is to be held at Royal William Yard in Plymouth on 4 June, 10am – 3pm, after the fantastic success of the inaugural market.
The market will be even bigger and better than the last, and will include a good arts and craft fair and quintessentially English games. [...]Continue Reading →
On 06/05/2012 By tlewis
Years of hard work to improve school meals are being undone Government policies are placing our children’s health and education at risk It would cost nothing to make existing food standards apply to academy schools
As the battle to persuade the Government to review its decision to exempt academies and free schools from complying [...]Continue Reading →
Last week, the World Bank announced that food prices are on the rise again, having climbed 8 per cent between December and March this year. Rising and volatile food prices have a massive and extremely detrimental effect on the world’s poor. Short-term spikes lead to malnutrition, and often force people to sell off their [...]Continue Reading →
New Soil Association report ‘Just say N2O’ launched today at the House of Commons. The report calls for farming to become less dependent on manufactured nitrogen fertiliser, and makes the case for a transformation of our current farming system to one that obtains nitrogen from nitrogen-fixing legumes.Continue Reading →
Nominate your favourite products for the Soil Association Organic Food Awards and you could win a selection of prizes including a meal for four at the Duke of Cambridge Pub, London and Riverford’s Field Kitchen, Devon.Continue Reading →
Urban Splash have just confirmed the first ever Royal William Good Food Market which will launch from 10am – 3pm, May 7, Bank Holiday Monday, 2012, at Royal William Yard.It will be on The Green with around 30 stalls taking part, many of whom are fantastic local River Cottage Deli suppliers from Cornwall and Devon. The food [...]Continue Reading →
RIO has been running 2 x 6 week programmes to support young people into food, catering and hospitality industry and to enhance work readiness for the sector. All the young people enrolled onto the course as they have a passion in this area and are keen to gain whatever experience they can to better position [...]Continue Reading →
Kitchen Table are all about local food and local people. A small company, consisting of Hannah and Sima, catering for all kinds of events in and around Totnes. With our bespoke, friendly service we aim to produce creative and delicious food, keeping our customers’ needs central to the menu design. We buy all our ingredients as [...]Continue Reading →
Sustainable Food City: Plymouth Action Plan
The Plymouth Food Charter, launched nearly a year ago, has unveiled a new action plan at an event on 23 February. The plan, developed by the city-wide Food Plymouth partnership, aims to provide the framework and guidance to help healthy and sustainable food drive and support a [...]Continue Reading →
Agricultural policies developed with the help of a Westcountry farmer have been formally adopted by the Green Party. http://bit.ly/yEHPLA
Henry Gent, who farms 500 acres at Broadclyst, near Exeter, joined the party two years ago after becoming increasingly concerned by the threat posed by climate change.
Since then he has been working on a [...]Continue Reading →
Our Sustainable Food City: Plymouth Action Plan Launch was a great success.
Plymouth Council Leader Vivien Pengelly launched and endorsed the new Action Plan as did Debra Lapthorne, Joint Director for Public Health for PCC and NHS Plymouth and Jenny Bushrod, Director of Sustainability and Procurement from Plymouth University. Around 120 people attended event, as [...]Continue Reading →
Plymouth City Council’s catering service has achieved the prestigious Food for Life Gold catering mark for all of the city’s school meals. Plymouth is the only local authority in-house caterer in England currently serving gold menus to all of its schools. In addition Plymouth University’s catering team have been awarded the Food for Life Bronze [...]Continue Reading →
On 12/02/2012 By tlewis
SUSTAINABLE HEALTHY COMMUNITIES – WORKING TOGETHER IN PLYMOUTH
A FREE event featuring international expert Professor Hugh Barton (University of the West of England/World Health Organisation) Tuesday 21 February 2012, Devonport Guildhall, Plymouth: 9.30am-4pm
Please book your place before the 7 February by emailing:firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone enquiries via the the Public Health Team 01752 434867 and [...]Continue Reading →
Rob Hopkins reflections on the Portas Review http://transitionculture.org/2011/12/14/another-world-is-not-only-possible-shes-opening-a-bakery-round-the-corner-reflections-on-the-portas-review/
University College Plymouth (UCP) Marjons are committed to supporting local businesses to provide healthy food for our students and staff.Continue Reading →
SailTrade are an emerging Community Interest Company committed to the principles of local food, fairtrade and sustainability. Harnessing only the natural forces of wind and tide we aim to provide a viable, low carbon contribution to transport networks linking food producers and markets around the Tamar Valley it’s estuary and adjacent coastal region. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-15734365Continue Reading →
Nearly 50 people attended our recent meeting at the Copthorne Hotel to support this initiative. The next meeting to explore ideas and next steps is on 1 December, 5.30 – 7.30pm at 171 Armada Way. Come along to find out more!Continue Reading →
Plymouth University officially launched it’s new allotment on Thursday 17 November, as part of a range of new initiatives to support the Plymouth Food Charter. Linda Morris and Jenny Bushrod are pictured.Continue Reading →
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