Over 50 people from across Wiltshire gathered at Lower Shaw Farm on 30 May to learn more about the issues surrounding local foods.
The event, organised by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s Food Champions, was a resounding success with a key note speeches from Professor Martin Caraher, Professor of Health and Food Policy at and Sub Mayfield of Capital Growth, organisers of the Big Dig.
Pictured from left, Gray Lamont of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, Martin Caraher, Seb Mayfield, Sarah Cundy of WWT. Below, cooking workshop in the Lower Shaw Farm kitchen. Bottom, campfire cooking for kids. Photos: Richard Wintle www.calyxpix.com
Professor Caraher spoke about local champions and the globalisation of food supply. Seb outlined the success of the London Growing. The project is funded by Big Lottery’s Local Food Fund, housing associations and the Big Tree Plant.
Participants had the opportunity to choose from a variety of workshops on topics such as micro veg growing, bees, the work of the Trust’s Food Champions and practical, hands on activities like campfire cooking and healthy eating for children.
Wiltshire Bee Centre brought a hive along to raise awareness of the issues surrounding these valuable pollinators.
Food Champion Sara Cundy said: “It was a great day with lots of local enthusiasm. Unlike conferences where people sit and listen, we try to engage by getting people participating. Activities like campfire cookery are aimed at families and getting children involved.
"These events give people the opportunity to find out more about local food and its role in helping to support the local economy, raise awareness of issues like food miles and encourage people to grow their own.”
The Trust’s Food Champions have organised a lending circle to enable local community groups to access equipment such as pruning saws, spades and juicing equipment to launch their own local food projects.
If you are interested in finding out more about the work of Food Champion, call Sara Cundy on 01380 725670 or email SaraC@wiltshirewildlife.org
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