Speakers announced for 10 year anniversary conference: Blog post

    We're so excited for our 10 year anniversary conference taking place on Friday 6th October and looking forward to welcoming The Real Farming Trust, Open Food Network UK, Plymouth City Council and Food Plymouth to speak about their brillant work with local food. Tickets are available from eventbrite Hope to see you there!

    Claire Horrell, Real Farming Trust

    Funding Enlightened Agriculture

    Claire Horrell will be joining us to speak about Funding Enlighted Agriculture, a network of organisations working to promote and stimulate the growth of enlightened agriculture a project of the Real Farming Trust (RFA) The RFT is a charity concerned with food sovereignty and sustainable farming (in particular, the practice of agroecology). The mission of RFT is to enable the growth of farming and food production practices that are economically sound and democratic, socially just, humane to animals, and promote the long-term protection of natural resources.

    Simon Platten, Tamar Grow Local

    Building a resilient local food system

    Simon is Project Manager and a director of Tamar Grow Local CIC, and has worked for TGL since 2011. A number of the models used by Tamar Grow Local have come out of Simon’s previous work as an Anthropologist working with upland market gardeners in Indonesia. He was a lecturer in the School of Anthropology and Conservation at the University of Kent 2005-2011 and maintains honorary fellowship with the university.

    Lynne Davies Open Food Network

    Thinking outside the Vegbox: Sharing ideas on some of the common pitfalls in local food projects and some of the solutions

    Lynne Davis has been developing local food projects for the past 8 years, including Dean Forest Food Hub - a workers cooperative distributing local food from 30 producers to 300 households - and Street Goat - a community dairy and conservation grazing project working with councils and wildlife trusts around Bristol. She works with the Open Food Network, re-imagining networks of short supply chains to feed the UK.

    Darin Halifax – Plymouth City Council

    Grow, Share, Cook: Helping to improve diets and address food insecurity in Plymouth

    Darin is a Senior Policy Adviser at Plymouth City Council and was key to bringing the Cities Of Service, Grow, Share, Cook project to Plymouth in 2014. Grow, Share, Cook is a flagship volunteer-based project in the city co-ordinated by Tamar Grow Local and Food is Fun. The project addresses food insecurity, food access and healthy eating through the three steps of growing, sharing and cooking food. The project has seen tremendous results both in terms of diet and cooking skills as well as wider social return on investment.

    Ian Smith, Direcor, Food Plymouth CIC

    Plymouth as a Sustainable food city

    Food Plymouth’s activities span the domains of social, economic and environmental sustainability.  Formed in 2010, Food Plymouth is the City’s recognised multi-sector local food partnership.  Tamar Grow Local is an influential member of this partnership, contributing significantly to Food Plymouth’s work of promoting local, sustainable and healthy food as a driver for positive change and increasing the demand and supply of delicious and affordable fresh, seasonal, local produce. Having developed and delivered the Plymouth Local Food Charter and Local Food Action Plan 2011 - 2014, Food Plymouth is an active member of the 50-strong Sustainable Food Cities Network.  Plymouth achieved Sustainable Food City Bronze status in 2015, the first UK City to do so.