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Are you looking for local food?

England has a wonderfully rich and varied food heritage. From meat and fish, to cheese, preserves, fruit and vegetables there’s an incredibly diverse range of fresh, local produce available from season to season throughout the country.

However, it’s become all too easy in recent years to jump into the car, head off to the supermarket and to fill up a trolley with pre-packaged food that’s been flown in from across the globe. As a result, consumers and producers have become increasingly disconnected from each other, and people have lost their connection with the land and the very essence of where their food comes from.

Local produce is fresher - it may have still been in the ground a few hours ago!

Making Local Food Work is an exciting initiative funded by the Big Lottery Fund as part of its Changing Spaces programme. It’s rooted in the belief that the needs of consumers, producers and the land are interdependent and that community enterprise can strengthen and reconnect these links to the lasting benefit of all.

Over the next five years, £10 million will be invested into local food initiatives across rural and urban England, increasing access to fresh, healthy food with good, traceable origins. To find out more about what we're doing, please take the time to read our programme imformation pages.

For an excellent source of information about local food producers and outlets, as well a a lively online community, we recommend that you visit , Local Food Advisor or who also offer food events, fairs, recipes, stimulating articles and book reviews.

If you're still not sure what local food is or why we believe that it is so important, you can find out more here.

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