As we look forward to 2023, we start to prepare and sow the seeds of new projects, ideas and work that seeks to grow our sustainable food futures here in North Lancashire. We have also started to arrange more events and activities that support us in meeting YOU.

The first foodie event of the year is Transition City Lancaster’s Potato Day on Saturday 28th January from 11am to 3pm at the Friends Meeting House on Meeting House Lane. There will be an organic seed potatoes sale, a seed swap (so bring seeds to swap!), a variety of stalls selling foodie stuff, woodland crafts and ‘fixing activities’. The Global Village Cafe will be serving up international cuisines with local ingredients. 

You can find more FoodFutures activities on our events calendar. Did you know that you can add your own food-related events to it, too? If it’s local and to do with food, we’d love to help get the word out about it.

As part of the day, FoodFutures will be running an intro session to the ‘local food champion’ scheme from 1-2pm. This session will introduce FoodFutures’ work and aims to support attendees in finding their place and role within this network. For some this may involve joining the Food Friends small society lottery, the Plot’s crop share scheme or a working group, or helping out at an event or practical work day. For others it may involve writing articles for THRIVE Magazine, distributing leaflets or regularly volunteering with a local community food project. We will support you in finding a role that matches your interests and skills. 

Musician and market visitor on Lancaster's market square
Lancaster’s seasonal markets are all about local produce, music, arts, crafts and community.

The Closing Loops team will be running a range of events throughout the year, including a regenerative enterprise gathering on 29th March and four seasonal markets in spring, midsummer, harvest season and midwinter. These markets aim to celebrate our surrounding environment and the diversity of produce the different seasons bring. They showcase local food and crafts, local community initiatives and bring small local producers into the heart of our city. Each market sees the launch of a new edition of THRIVE Magazine – North Lancashire’s community food magazine. This citizen journalism initiative shares stories from across our region, written by people in North Lancashire, for people living in North Lancashire.

The Plot will welcome seven new FarmStarters this growing season – a motivated group of people living across our district who want to become organic growers. You can support their journeys and the wider work of the Plot and FoodFutures by joining Food Friends – a small society lottery scheme with local food vouchers on offer as prizes.

Schools from our “Where The Wildings Are” project will continue to shape and create permaculture designs across eleven sites, and Branksome Estate will be the first neighbourhood to trial FoodFutures community-designed approach to creating a 20-minute neighbourhood.And then there are the many working group meetings planned across the year, offering a space for shaping this work in many different ways.

We can’t wait for it all and hope you will join in!

Person handing out magazines at FoodFutures market stall
The Closing Loops Composting Coordinator, Diana, handing out THRIVE Magazine’s at Lancaster’s Midwinter Market.

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