First food conference a resounding success!

Our first local food conference - "Sowing the Seeds - strengthening the sustainable food economy in and around Bridport and Dorchester" - was held on Saturday 1st March 2014 at Litton and Thorners Community Hall in Litton Cheney. The event attracted over 70 delegates from across our project area.

Growers, caterers, processors, cooks, retailers and community food activists all rubbed shoulders with one another and some great new connections were made.

Following inspiring talks from Tom Andrews of the Sustainable Food Cities Team and Sarah Watson from Bournemouth Sustainable Food City, delegates set to work to discuss the current strengths of our local food system and the challenges faced by all those working to make healthy, sustainable, local food available in our communities.

Jyoti Fernandes of Fivepenny Farm and the Landworkers Alliance gave a rousing speech about the need for the voice of small producers to be heard in the making of agricultural policy in this country before she and her team of daughters served up a fanatastic feast, many of the ingredients of which had been grown by people in the room. It was a great privilege to tuck into the wonderful spread they provided and was a highlight for many at the event.

In the afternoon, participants spent time devising solutions to the challenges identified earlier and these will set the direction for the work of the new Sustainable Food Partnership for the next couple of years.

The full conference report including pictures from the day can be downloaded here.

For more information call 01305 21 37 21 or email linda@da21.org.uk

Supported by: Bridport Local Food Group, Dorset Community Action, Dorset Food and Drink, Dorset Partnerships for Older People Programme, Dorset WI, Real Food Shop The Charmouth Dragon, Transition Town Bridport, Transition Town Dorchester.

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