Local towns, local food – strengthening local economies

20 June 2012 10:00 – 20 June 2012 16:00
Shine Conference Centre, Harehills Road Leeds, Leeds, LS8 5HS
Campaign to Protect Rural England in partnership with Sustain: The alliance for better food & farming are hosting an event that 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, borough, city, and county) and the people involved in local food initiatives can work together to promote and enhance their local food webs.
Chaired by: Kath Dalmeny, Sustain
PLENARY SESSION:
Local Food Webs Past, Present and Future
Speakers:
• Graeme Willis, Campaign to Protect Rural England
• Frances Northrop, Transition Town Totnes
• Fran Robinson, Ledbury Food Group
WORKSHOP THEMES:
Participants can select two choices
1. How a joined up approach to local food can support the local economy & community in your town – Pete Hawkins, Taste Tideswell (other speakers to be confirmed)
2. How partnership working can build stronger local food networks – Peter Norton, Herefordshire Food Partnership (and other speakers tbc)
3. How mapping your local food network can identify the key challenges & opportunities for local food where you live – Ben Messer, Food Matters
A local food lunch will be served.

More info: Soil Association

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