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What is ‘Local Food?’
There is no universal definition of local food, but it is generally considered to be food grown or produced, processed, traded and sold within a geographic radius of 30-50 miles.

What is a Community Enterprise?
A community enterprise is a social enterprise (see the DTI definition of a social enterprise) with focus on a specific community of place or interest, delivering local services to local people.

Do you give grants?
We are not a grant-awarding body, but we do offer specialist support for food-based community enterprises. To apply for grants for local food initiatives, contact the Local Food grants programme.

Where can I find local food near me?
Once we have a sufficient number of enterprises up and running, we will provide a map, so that you can find those nearest to you. In the meantime, it is possible to search for local producers and food outlets on popular sites such as Free Range ReviewFood Lovers Britain , Why Organic and Big Barn. There are also numerous local food directories around the country, many supported by local councils.

What will happen in five years’ time?
Although our funding from the Big Lottery Fund will end, this does not mean that work will cease, as the project partners will continue to work in their areas of expertise.

I want to help - How can I get involved?
There are many ways in which you can get involved, from simply buying food from local producers, to setting up a local food initiative in your area. Please visit our programme information pages to get started.

I’m a food producer. What can you offer me?
We are working with six models of local food distribution, from getting farmers’ markets to work together co-operatively, to helping the consumers themselves to invest in their local farm. Please visit our local producer page for more information on what we can do for you.

How will you know that you have been successful?
We have set outcomes, defined by the Big Lottery Fund, which we aim to achieve by September 2012. In order to make sure we can accurately measure our success in changing the way English society relates to food and the land, we have engaged the New Economics Foundation (nef) to help us define our wider impacts and use the best possible tools to measure them.

 If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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