Friday, 19 September 2014

Celebrate the harvest with Lancaster's Local Food Month

Click image for the Food Month programme
October is the season of fruitfulness and harvests and this year it will also be Lancaster's first Local Food Month, featuring a month of free events, talks and tours, held in venues throughout Lancaster and celebrating Lancaster's local food movement. 

Coordinated by Transition City Lancaster, and organised by an array of local community groups and organisations, there should be something to tempt everyone. As the Incredible Edible group says, “if you eat, you’re in!”

Here are a few tasty teasers: a Forage walk, a Pot Luck evening, Tree planting, Community food cycle tour, Seed library launch, seed bombing, talks on exciting new projects hoping to make the buying and eating of local food* more easy...

You can view the full programme as a pdf here or find the 'Food Month' events on our Virtual-Lancaster events calendar.

Local Food Assembly Plans
On Wednesday 1st October from 7.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House you can find out about plans to set up a local food assembly in Lancaster.  This is a new way of buying and selling food where you can buy local food directly from farmers and food producers online and collect it from a local venue where you can also meet the people who made it! Check out Lancaster Food Assembly on facebook.

The first Food Assembly took place in France in 2011 and there are now over 500 across France, Belgium and Spain.  Joanne Halliwell is organising a Food Assembly for the Lancaster area to make local food more accessible to those of  us who are at work during the week, and to help build connections with our local producers. Come along  and find out what it involves.   Bring questions and ideas for how we can make Lancaster’s Food Assembly fit our local needs and preferences.

Growing Our Local Food Economy
Local sustainability champion LESS UK is a Lancaster based not-for-profit organisation that has put together an online directory of local food producers (you can see it here) and is in the process of launching a new project called  GOLFE - the Growing Our Local Food Economy project.

The GOLFE project aims, to support people living in the Lancaster district to buy and eat more local food and you can find out more about all this at the ‘Reclaiming Our Food System debate’ on October 23rd at 7pm at the Storey.

LESS would like to find out about your experiences and what might be done to help you eat more local food. They have put together a survey and would greatly appreciate it if people could take a moment or two to complete it online here.

*'Local food' means food grown, produced or processed within a 20 mile radius of Lancaster. This includes Blackpool, Garstang, Ingleton and South Lakeland. Local food also includes food grown by you at home. 

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