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Somerset Community Food, is a grass-roots charity which aims to re-connect people with the social, health and environmental effects of growing, buying, preparing and eating local food.

We have developed a unique training package that has successfully taught hundreds of people to start growing & cooking food.

Our 'Get Set Grow' and 'Get Set Cook' packages give flexible and fun opportunities to learn food growing & cooking. Our funding from Zing Somerset has recently ended but we carry out other commissioned work.

 

It's better consumed than composted! We have recently created a Food Surplus Directory collating details of local groups who can benefit from gluts and surpluses.

Visit our Resources page where you will find links and extensive information on all aspects of community food.

 

 Community Food Conference:

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Our speakers:

We welcome Martin Carahar, who will kick-start the day. He has presented at some of our past conferences and has been a supporter of hands-on community food projects in Somerset.

Martin is professor of food and health policy at The Centre for Food Policy at City, University of London. He is passionate about food issues - cooking skills, local sustainable food supplies, the role of markets and co-ops in promoting health, food poverty and food access etc.

https://www.city.ac.uk/people/academics/martin-caraher

Bonita Everson – Red Brick Community Garden, Glastonbury

Bon will be speaking about the community garden including her current work on a mushroom growing project, which is funded through ‘Grow Wild’.

Bonita Everson is coordinator of the Red Brick community Garden and growing spaces at the Red Brick Building. Bon enjoys working with groups from the local community, sharing and acquiring knowledge through practical community activities

https://redbrickbuilding.co.uk/at-the-rbb/community-garden/

Vicky Sullivan – Creating Health, Somerset

Vicky will be talking about running and co-ordinating the ‘Creating Health’ Roadshow, which brings innovative, health and wellbeing events to towns in Somerset, with a focus on inspiring people to good health. These sessions focus on achieving good metabolic health, managing diabetes, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating 'real food', which promotes healthy blood sugar levels.

Vicky is studying an MSc in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health in Bristol and is also a health walk leader in Glastonbury.  ‘I love sharing information and ideas with people and I feel this is a great way for people to gain the skills and knowledge they want to lead a healthy and happy life’

https://www.creating-health.org.uk/

 Amy Willoughby, Plotgate CSA, Barton St David

Amy will be speaking about Plotgate CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), a Community Benefit Society offering weekly or fortnightly, seasonal vegetable boxes to subscribing members. The project also encourages participation, feasting, skill building and a deepening awareness of food growing and ecological approaches to agriculture.

Plotgate CSA launched in 2016 with a Community Share Offer and the founder members; Jane Sweetman, Dan Britton and Amy Willoughby, were united by their proximity to Plotgate and a passion for agro-ecological food production. They have since been joined by a fourth director, a team of regular volunteers and around 60 subscribing households.  Amy will talk about the journey of the past 3 years at Plotgate, why they are proud to be part of the CSA movement, and why she chose the life of a rural peasant!

plotgatecsa.wordpress. com/

Phil Sharrat, Somerset Local Food / Somerset Local Food Direct

Phil will talk about building communities around food and is passionate about food democracy. He will draw on his experience at Somerset Local Food and his background in delivering economic and community development projects in Somerset and across the South West. He will also introduce new work to encourage therapeutic and social horticulture projects to increase food production and sales.

Phil is a Director of Somerset Local Food, which has recently become a Community Share Company, so now owned and financed by the local community, tying it more closely to the interests of both customers and producers. Somerset Local Food Direct delivers a complete range of locally produced food and drink to the door of hundreds of people across Somerset, Bristol and Bath each week.

http://somersetlocalfood.co.uk/

Latest News

Aug 28, 2018

Join our inspiring community food conference! This is an opportunity for those working and volunteering in community food projects to reconnect and make new connections.

It's been a while since we have organised one of our food conferences and some of you may remember our practical, fun and informative gatherings.

It's being held on Saturday 3rd November at Wells Town Hall, 10-3:30pm.

Book your conference place now at Eventbrite.

On our Facebook event page you will find more information about the day, further information about our speakers will be added soon. This is also the place to organise lift shares.

Jul 18, 2018

Saturday 3rd November, 10-3:30pm

Wells Town Hall

The plans for our conference are shaping up. Alongside speaker Martin Carahar, we have some passionate community food workers and volunteers who will be talking about their current projects:

Vicky Sullivan – Creating Health, Somerset, who will talk about the roadshow of nutrition and wellbeing events they are running across the county.

Bonita Everson – Red Brick Community Garden, Glastonbury, who will be speaking about their mushroom cultivation project.

Jun 12, 2018

We are happy to announce the date of our community food conference: Saturday 3rd of November at Wells Town Hall.

It’s been a while since we have brought together community food people from across the county and we are planning an informative day.