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Community Faciltator:  Local Food SystemsFixed term Contract:  1 Sept 2012 to 31 Aug 2013, 0.6 FTE postLocation:  Home-Based, role to cover Midlands areaLead Making Local Food Work partner Plunkett Foundation is looking to appoint a highly motivated individual to act as an adviser/ facilitator to a range of communities in the Midlands areas.  You will be working with groups who are interested in clustering together to share their strengths and solve common problems.  This role will be part of a team reviewing how collaboration can strengthen local food systems in communities across the country.  The post holder will be responsible for...
3 Jul 2012
A plain English guide to marketing and finance for community food enterprisesA new guide to help community enterprises make the most of trading opportunities has been published today. Trading for Success, produced by a team of financial and marketing experts and commissioned by Plunkett Foundation, has been designed specifically for community enterprises – businesses that are owned or controlled by the community – to help them succeed in an increasingly tough market.  “These are challenging but exciting times for community enterprises,” says co-author of the guide, Simon Michaels. “Challenging because these enterprises are often more complex to run than ‘for-private-profit’...
25 Jun 2012
Award-winning chef Angela Hartnett has launched this year’s BBC Food & Farming Awards in a special edition of BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme, broadcast on June 17th.  She made an appeal to the British public to celebrate food in their local areas by nominating the most deserving food lovers, cheese makers, drinks producers, retailers and takeaway chefs.Angela is leading the search for the most delicious, pioneering and innovative food in Britain today, alongside a range of the food world’s best known names, including fellow chef Arthur Potts-Dawson, founding member of The People’s Supermarket, broadcasters Valentine Warner and Charles Campion,...
15 Jun 2012
Wednesday 20th June 2012, 10.00 – 16:00.Shine Conference Centre, Harehills Road, Leeds, LS8 5HSThis event, organised by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and Sustain, will examine the role and revival of towns as local food centres and how creating a strong local food web (the connections between people who produce, sell and buy locally-sourced food in a local area food) can: • boost the local economy;• improve access to high quality fresh produce;• foster local distinctiveness;• bring communities together.This conference will explore how local food activists, sector professionals, local councillors and officers (at all levels: parish, town, district,...
11 May 2012
How is your community best placed to serve itself in times of crisis and what makes you so good at doing it? What role do you play in national food resilience?Plunkett Foundation is looking for examples of how community enterprises – from community shops and co-operative pubs to community food enterprises and rural transport schemes - have collaborated with each other and other local business to ensure the continuity of supply of products and services when normal routes to market are broken. Plunkett Foundation is undertaking research on behalf of the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)...
5 Apr 2012
A new edition of the West Cornwall local food directory will be available from Easter Saturday to help celebrate local food and boost sales for producers across the region. To promote the directory in style it will take place simultaneously on Easter Saturday, 7 April, at two great events in both Penzance and Helston.  Transition Penwith Food Group, which is part of the Penwith Local Food Systems project of Making Local Food Work (pictured right), will officially launch it at the Penwith Green Fair in St John’s Hall, Penzance. Free copies of the new directory will also be available from Transition Helston at...
4 Apr 2012
Plunkett Foundation is set to host a one-day event aimed at local food retailers to help them increase their customer reach. The event, Local People, Local Food, takes place at Aston University in Birmingham on Tuesday 24th April 2012. It will mark the launch of brand new research into the shopping habits of potential, current and lapsed customers of local food from local food outlets, to better understand their behaviour. It also sees the launch of an accompanying tool, which translates the findings of the research into practical tips and tools. The day is aimed specifically at local food retail...
26 Mar 2012
Big Lottery Fund announces continued support at Making Local Food Work conferenceThe Big Lottery Fund yesterday announced it will continue to support the community food sector to the tune of almost £500,000. Speaking at the sold-out Making Local Food Our Future conference, which marked the culmination of five years of Making Local Food Work, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, Chief Executive Peter Wanless said:“The Making Local Food Work programme was unprecedented; it was the first time any funder had supported such a project which brought together seven organisations – the leaders in their respective fields – to work collaboratively...
23 Mar 2012
There is a huge opportunity for a greater level of small-scale food production in the fringe of towns and cities which is currently being missed, says a new report. The report, based on research with seven community and local food businesses operating in the urban fringe, identified a range of opportunities for smaller-scale food production on land around urban areas, and highlighted the potential of such land given its close proximity to largely populated areas – dramatically cutting down the distance food would have to travel. But the report, commissioned by Making Local Food Work and undertaken by local food...
13 Mar 2012
Founder of Incredible Edible Todmorden honoured in UK wide search Making Local Food Work would like to congratulate Pam Warhurst, co-founder of Incredible Edible Todmorden, who has been named in the Observer’s list of Britain’s 50 New Radicals. Incredible Edible, a movement that has been growing in Todmorden, Yorkshire, since 2008, aims to get people thinking about, and involved in, local food production. Residents are encouraged to turn their neighbourhood into 'edible public spaces' by growing food wherever possible - including car parks, pubs, pavements, and schools.The list of Britain’s 50 New Radicals is a result of he Observer teaming...
20 Feb 2012


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