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Local Food Systems

About Local Food Systems 

The Local Food Systems project is the most recent addition to the MLFW programme, supporting individual food groups across the country to work together co-operatively, increasing the impact of locally-produced food on their communities. Project Manager Tamara Schiopu and Project Officer Nina Dales will work with six clusters of food enterprises, which are:



Manchester Land Army  
A fledgling social enterprise based in Manchester striving for a just and ecologically sustainable society. They wish to demonstrate a more viable local economic system that brings together the countryside and the city, revitalising communities and encouraging local resilience. Manchester Land Army is working towards this in a number of ways, including the development of a more sustainable food system for Manchester, by working with local farmers and growers to make local, seasonal and organic produce more accessible.


Sussex Food Hub
 Aims to bring together local growers and local restaurants to explore how to use more locally-produced food in the Brighton and Hove catering sector. The project hopes to explore the barriers and opportunities on both sides and understand the needs of both sectors in order to develop and support the infrastructure of the supply chain locally.


Liverpool Food Alliance
Is building capacity, connectivity and support for community focused urban agriculture/localised food systems. An alliance of sixty varying interests are working together to shape credible models of governance, co-ordination, investment and advocacy, with future direction being informed by an emerging local food movement and increased food co-op activity.


Nottingham Food Partnership
brings together 10 well-established and new community food enterprises, all with a commitment to local, sustainable food and supporting disadvantaged communities. They aim to work together to build a robust and sustainable community food system for Nottingham.


Transition Penwith
Transition Penwith’s Food Group wants to help create a vital and resilient local food system in rural Penwith to aid the economic and social issues of the area. Five innovative community food enterprises want to achieve better collaboration to enable economically viable and sustainable enterprises.


The Colne Valley project is based in the South Pennines in West Yorkshire, and brings together four existing cooperative enterprises with the aim of creating a mutually supportive consortium that will engage local people in the issues that make local food so important, and also enable them to take practical action to produce and consume more of it.

The project will focus on how the groups can be supported to work together to improve access to local food for a wider portion of the community. The project will support communities to capitalise on the benefits of collaboration and to develop mechanisms for sharing and developing as a bonded unit—a localised food system based on ethical and sustainable principles.

If you would like to contact Project Manager Tamara Schiopu or Project Officer Nina Dales about the project you can email them at tamara.schiopu@plunkett.co.uk or nina.dales@plunkett.co.uk. Alternatively, you can call the Plunkett Foundation office on 01993 810730.


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