The future of Stanmer Park is up for consultation and the council wants to hear your views. We would (of course) like to see importance given to food – including food growing projects, opportunities for small scale processing (such as juicing or a kitchen), more opportunities to buy food produced in the park and more opportunities to learn about local food. Complete the questionaire here before the 14 July.
The entire Food Zone on New Road at this years' People's Day was food waste free. Brighton Paper Round provided recycling & food waste collection bins throughout the event, allowing the public to keep both packaging and food scraps out of the waste stream.
Not only that, but surplus food from food stalls that was safe to donate was delivered to a local project that helps young people transitioning out of homelessness. A true celebration of food as a community resource.
Food writer and campaigner Michael Pollan's new book 'Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation' calls for people to 'banish the sad ping of the microwave from your home forever'.
Read more about it here.
If you want to read and review this book for our next issue of City Food News, get in touch.
A recent YouGov report shows that a quarter of adults living in the UK walk less than two hours per week, that's less than 9 minutes per day. Read a short summary here.
Walking is recongnised as one of the easiest ways to exercise and we're fully behind National Walking Month this May. Find your feet and walk to work, walk to school or walk to the shops this month. Buses get busy in the summer months in Brighton & Hove, and we're lucky to have miles of coast to amble along. You could join a Healthwalk which is a programme of free led walks across the city, varying from twenty minute strolls to vigourous four milers.
Brighton & Hove celebrated the annual International Compost Awareness Week on Saturday 11th May with the launch of two new community compost schemes initiated by local residents. The first, for residents of Ingram Crescent in Hove, where over 30 households signed up to the scheme. A second scheme was launched on the same day for residents of Vernon Terrace, bringing the total number of households now involved in community composting to over 500.
The Food Partnership has awarded approximately £19,500 of funding to 30 projects through its Good Food Grants scheme for work taking place in 2013-14. The projects were chosen for their potential to contribute towards the three main outcomes for this year’s grants; increasing access to healthy, sustainable food, preventing and reducing the impacts of food poverty and improving the long-term financial sustainability of community food projects. This year our main beneficiary groups were parents and families who experience deprivation and older people. More here.
We are pleased to give our members £5 off annual membership of The Resurgence Trust. This means you will get six copies of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine, edited by Satish Kumar, for just £25 a year instead of £30. To take advantage of this special offer, please visit www.resurgence.org and register online. Then hit the membership tab and type in the promotional code Q8987.
Brighton Sussex Food Research Network, Brighton & Hove Food Partnership and Food Matters are hosting this event to bring together food organisations and researchers to explore collaboration opportunities, develop partnerships and help design research that can bring about real change to our food system. This free workshop is on Monday 15th April, pre registration is required. More details here.
Do you like cooking? Are you learning English as an additional language?
Thursday 25th April - 4th July, 12.30-2.30 in Moulsecoomb.
Practice speaking, listening reading and writing English while cooking a tasty meal to take home.
You will need to have residency status.
For more information speak to Stuart or Emily at The Bridge. You can visit or phone them 01273 687 053.