New project is launched to grow local food economy

Fil Durwyn and Darrell Joyce
Fil Durwyn and Darrell Joyce

A new project to increase the availability of locally produced food in the district has been unveiled.

The Growing Our Local Food Economy project will work with producers, retailers and customers throughout the Lancaster district to identify current barriers to supplying and purchasing local produce and trial methods to overcome these.

LESS, a Lancaster based not for profit organisation, will hold events to give district residents the opportunity to meet local food producers to learn more about how their food is produced and where it comes from.

The first of these events to launch the project will be held on Thursday October 23 at the Storey on Meeting House Lane.

The Reclaiming Our Food System debate will start at 7pm upstairs in the Music Room.

Tom Fyson, local food project coordinator at LESS said: “Food is essential for all of us but the rise of supermarkets means it is easy to become disconnected from where your food is produced.

“We want to encourage people to think about where their food comes from and how this impacts on the environment and the local economy.

“Our Food Sovereignty debate will present different views and give an opportunity to ask panel members questions about how our food can be sourced more sustainably.”

A lively discussion is anticipated debating the ethics of food production including Fair Trade, Organic production and how your buying choices can benefit the local economy.

The panel will consist of: Alan Schofield – local organic market gardener at Growing with Nature, Anna Clayton – LESS Local Food Project Worker and writer for Ethical Consumer magazine, Mark Cammack – Garstang Fair Trade, and Mike Hallam – Ethical Small Traders Association

Each panel member will speak briefly to highlight their own experiences and viewpoints before a debate with plenty of opportunities for audience questions.

The event is free of charge and all are welcome.

To find out more about the Growing Our Local Food Economy project visit www.lessuk.org , phone 01524 66100 or email the Local Food Project Coordinator at tom@lessuk.org.