FoodFutures Heart Group

Jamie Murphy

FoodFutures Partnership Chair, Community Connector at Lancaster City Council

“I feel that food is central to how communities work. It has such a significant effect on our health, environment, culture, relationships and understanding of each other. Joining a network of people dedicated to making a difference about food locally, as a community development worker, was clearly something I needed to be part of and help to contribute to. FoodFutures is a broad, wide-ranging and welcoming network that has had a positive impact in all our communities across the North Lancashire District.”

Rachel Marshall

Healthy Food & Environment Working Group Lead, Closing Loops Project Coordinator, Eggcup Trustee

“It’s been fantastic to see the Closing Loops project emerge from the FoodFutures strategy process and I’m so excited to have this opportunity to make some of them come to life. I am holding all the different strands of the project together, whilst making sure it stays connected with all the other great work happening across the district and the FoodFutures partnership.”

Melanie Fryer

Food Citizen

“I have a background in mixed farming and conservation, and I am interested in many aspects of Food Justice: from agroecology through to availability, health, the environment, animal welfare and land use. All of which is becoming ever more pressing in today’s world.”

Melanie also attends the Healthy Food and Environment, Economy and Food Procurement, and Heart Group working groups.

Anna Clayton

FoodFutures Coordinator & Claver Hill Co-Chair

“It may seem obvious, but food is essential for life. You could say it is the currency of life. I’m involved with FoodFutures as I have seen first hand how food can be grown, processed and shared in a way that builds communities, human health and healthy environments. I want to support a movement that is working to build a just, fair and resilient food system here in North Lancashire that is aligned with groups and communities around the world that are doing the same thing.”

Ellen Pearce

Economy & Procurement Working Group co-lead, FarmStart & Northern Real Farming Conference Coordinator

“I’m passionate about local food and really committed to increasing the amount of people locally growing food, and the amount of fruit and veg grown locally.”

Dusty Thomas

Lancaster District Food Justice Partnership Chair, Trustee of Eggcup and Morecambe Bay Food Bank, part of the Facilitation Team of Morecambe Bay Poverty Truth Commission

 

“There are many times in my life where I have gone hungry, both when I was homeless and when on really low benefits. I’ve drunk vinegar to make my stomach shrink and survived on red and brown sauce sandwiches. I have received assistance from Food Banks and am a member of a Food Club.”

Dusty also attends the Heart Group and Partnership meetings.

Rev Ian Dewar

Lead Chaplain UHMBT, Lead coordinator for Bay Health Festivals, member of Staff Wellbeing Compact at UHMBT, Bereavement Support, Trustee Morecambe Bay Food Bank.

“I have a deep interest in the relationship between food, health, and spirituality. Why has our food culture become so corrupted, and food disappeared as a marker of life and spirituality? Historically associated with major life events: birth, adulthood, death, are the deaths of a food culture and spirituality linked?”

Fariha Blockley

Network Builder and Facilitator

“As an Asian, food is very much at the centre of our culture. We cook together, eat together, talk about food and where it comes from. Which is why I want to build a network of Food Champions to enable everyone to have access to local fresh seasonal food”.

Grace Russell

Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Comms & Engagement Working Group Lead

Beccy Whittle

Community Food Skills Working Group Lead & FoodFutures Fundraiser

“I love being part of FoodFutures because food is a fabulous way of bringing people together and helping us figure out how we can tackle big problems like climate change, biodiversity loss and social inequality in the place where we live.”

Other roles: Scotch Quarry Community Garden Coordinator

Harriet Phipps

Development Worker, Lancaster District Food Justice Partnership

“Food is essential to community wellbeing as well as an important way of tackling issues like climate change and poverty. I love working with communities to learn about people’s experiences and I think food is emotive and can be a great way of bringing everyone together!”

Harriet regularly attends the Heart Group and LDFJP meetings.

Community Food Skills

Beccy Whittle

Community Food Skills Working Group Lead & FoodFutures Fundraiser

“I love being part of FoodFutures because food is a fabulous way of bringing people together and helping us figure out how we can tackle big problems like climate change, biodiversity loss and social inequality in the place where we live.”

Other roles: Scotch Quarry Community Garden Coordinator

Anna Clayton

FoodFutures Coordinator, Claver Hill & Lancaster Seed Library

“It may seem obvious, but food is essential for life. You could say it is the currency of life. I’m involved with FoodFutures as I have seen first hand how food can be grown, processed and shared in a way that builds communities, human health and healthy environments. I want to support a movement that is working to build a just, fair and resilient food system here in North Lancashire that is aligned with groups and communities around the world that are doing the same thing.”

Alex Hall

Where The Wildings Are! Schools Project Co-ordinator

“I deliver the Where The Wildings Are! project on behalf of LESS and FoodFutures, helping schools to grow food, increase biodiversity, reduce food poverty and encourage outdoor learning across the Lancaster District.”

Silvia Rossi

At Global Link: Closing Loops Food and Chefs Network Coordinator

“My role allows me to combine a passion for preparing healthy food with the opportunity to contribute to building community resilience around sustainable locally produced food and cooking skills. I feel privileged to be in the position to coordinate a network of passionate community cooks and professional chefs sharing the FoodFutures vision of a local food economy that is healthy, resilient and fair, and have fun along the way!

Jamie Murphy

FoodFutures Partnership Chair, Community Connector at Lancaster City Council

“I feel that food is central to how communities work. It has such a significant effect on our health, environment, culture, relationships and understanding of each other. Joining a network of people dedicated to making a difference about food locally, as a community development worker, was clearly something I needed to be part of and help to contribute to. FoodFutures is a broad, wide-ranging and welcoming network that has had a positive impact in all our communities across the North Lancashire District.”

Kathy Barton

Claver Hill Co-Chair, Compost Champion and Environment Champion

“I love food and nature. I have an ongoing experiment to not buy fresh veg but eat what we grow at Claver Hill all year round. In other words, eat seasonal.”

Fariha Blockley

Network Builder and Facilitator

“As an Asian, food is very much at the centre of our culture. We cook together, eat together, talk about food and where it comes from. Which is why I want to build a network of Food Champions to enable everyone to have access to local fresh seasonal food”.

Grace Russell

Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Comms & Engagement Working Group Lead

Glen Duckett

Trainer, chef, grower, forager

“I enjoy collaborating on projects that help to promote local food growing, foraging and food preparation, including cookery sessions for  improved health and nutrition. I focus my attention on areas of  regeneration and socio-economic need, in particular West End, Morecambe.  I have lots of experience working in communities with children, young people and adults using creative approaches to connect folk through food.”

Glen regularly attends the Community Food Skills working group.

Lancaster District Food Justice Partnership

Jamie Murphy

FoodFutures Partnership Chair, Community Connector at Lancaster City Council

“I feel that food is central to how communities work. It has such a significant effect on our health, environment, culture, relationships and understanding of each other. Joining a network of people dedicated to making a difference about food locally, as a community development worker, was clearly something I needed to be part of and help to contribute to. FoodFutures is a broad, wide-ranging and welcoming network that has had a positive impact in all our communities across the North Lancashire District.”

Dusty Thomas

Lancaster District Food Justice Partnership Chair, Trustee of Eggcup and Morecambe Bay Food Bank, part of the Facilitation Team of Morecambe Bay Poverty Truth Commission

 

“There are many times in my life where I have gone hungry, both when I was homeless and when on really low benefits. I’ve drunk vinegar to make my stomach shrink and survived on red and brown sauce sandwiches. I have received assistance from Food Banks and am a member of a Food Club.”

Dusty also attends the Heart Group and Partnership meetings.

Harriet Phipps

Development Worker, Lancaster District Food Justice Partnership

“Food is essential to community wellbeing as well as an important way of tackling issues like climate change and poverty. I love working with communities to learn about people’s experiences and I think food is emotive and can be a great way of bringing everyone together!”

Harriet regularly attends the Heart Group and LDFJP meetings.

Local Food Economy and Procurement

Ellen Pearce

Working Group Co-Lead and FarmStart, NRFC, Food Hub Coordinator

“I’m passionate about local food and really committed to increasing the amount of people locally growing food, and the amount of fruit and veg grown locally.”

Melanie Fryer

Food Citizen

“I have a background in mixed farming and conservation, and I am interested in many aspects of Food Justice: from agroecology through to availability, health, the environment, animal welfare and land use. All of which is becoming ever more pressing in today’s world.”

Melanie also attends the Healthy Food and Environment, Economy and Food Procurement, and Heart Group working groups.

Jo Stocking

Closing Loops REconomy Coordinator

“I’ve always been inspired by creative ways to minimise and reuse waste – making something from nothing seems magical somehow. I enjoy facilitating collaboration and learning, so having the opportunity to do this as part of my role is great. I look forward to supporting people, organisations and communities to get involved in building a thriving regenerative local economy here in North Lancashire.

Anna Clayton

FoodFutures Coordinator

“It may seem obvious, but food is essential for life. You could say it is the currency of life. I’m involved with FoodFutures as I have seen first hand how food can be grown, processed and shared in a way that builds communities, human health and healthy environments. I want to support a movement that is working to build a just, fair and resilient food system here in North Lancashire that is aligned with groups and communities around the world that are doing the same thing.”

Rachel Marshall

Closing Loops Project Coordinator

“It’s been fantastic to see the Closing Loops project emerge from the FoodFutures strategy process and I’m so excited to have this opportunity to make some of them come to life. I am holding all the different strands of the project together, whilst making sure it stays connected with all the other great work happening across the district and the FoodFutures partnership.”

Grace Russell

Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Comms & Engagement Working Group Lead

Healthy Food and Environment

Rachel Marshall

Closing Loops Project Coordinator

“It’s been fantastic to see the Closing Loops project emerge from the FoodFutures strategy process and I’m so excited to have this opportunity to make some of them come to life. I am holding all the different strands of the project together, whilst making sure it stays connected with all the other great work happening across the district and the FoodFutures partnership.”

Diana McIntyre

Community Composting Coordinator

 “I remember my grandparents’ vegetable patch and their ways of making use of everything; their enjoyment and the everydayness of their relationship with food (growing) and compost has been passed down to me. The community composting role is giving me an amazing opportunity to work collectively in response to the current climate, biodiversity and food challenges we all face.”

Grace Russell

Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Comms & Engagement Working Group Lead

Jay Godden

At Eggcup: Gleaning Network Coordinator

“I organise gleans in the local area’s farms and growing spaces to capture food that would otherwise go to waste. I also work closely with Eggcup to find food that can’t be sold but that is still good to eat, which Eggcup redistribute to those in our district who are on a tighter budget.”

Melanie Fryer

Food Citizen

“I have a background in mixed farming and conservation, and I am interested in many aspects of Food Justice: from agroecology through to availability, health, the environment, animal welfare and land use. All of which is becoming ever more pressing in today’s world.”

Melanie also attends the Healthy Food and Environment, Economy and Food Procurement, and Heart Group working groups.

Comms and Engagement

Grace Russell

Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Comms & Engagement Working Group Lead

Jamie Murphy

FoodFutures Partnership Chair, Community Connector at Lancaster City Council

“I feel that food is central to how communities work. It has such a significant effect on our health, environment, culture, relationships and understanding of each other. Joining a network of people dedicated to making a difference about food locally, as a community development worker, was clearly something I needed to be part of and help to contribute to. FoodFutures is a broad, wide-ranging and welcoming network that has had a positive impact in all our communities across the North Lancashire District.”

Fariha Blockley

Network Builder and Facilitator

“As an Asian, food is very much at the centre of our culture. We cook together, eat together, talk about food and where it comes from. Which is why I want to build a network of Food Champions to enable everyone to have access to local fresh seasonal food”.

Nina Osswald

Closing Loops Engagement Coordinator

“Part of my role is to engage people living in North Lancashire in the CL project – at events and by telling the world about what we’re trying to do. I also work on developing a One Planet Diet for North Lancashire along with recipes, which is great as I love cooking and eating. (I’m really just here for the food if I’m honest …!)”

Rachel Marshall

Closing Loops Project Coordinator

“It’s been fantastic to see the Closing Loops project emerge from the FoodFutures strategy process and I’m so excited to have this opportunity to make some of them come to life. I am holding all the different strands of the project together, whilst making sure it stays connected with all the other great work happening across the district and the FoodFutures partnership.”

Ellen Pearce

Working Group Co-Lead and FarmStart, NRFC, Food Hub Coordinator

“I’m passionate about local food and really committed to increasing the amount of people locally growing food, and the amount of fruit and veg grown locally.”

Anna Clayton

FoodFutures Coordinator

“It may seem obvious, but food is essential for life. You could say it is the currency of life. I’m involved with FoodFutures as I have seen first hand how food can be grown, processed and shared in a way that builds communities, human health and healthy environments. I want to support a movement that is working to build a just, fair and resilient food system here in North Lancashire that is aligned with groups and communities around the world that are doing the same thing.”

Andi Chapple

Communications Coordinator

I work on developing the FoodFutures seasonal markets and THRIVE magazine, and work with people who have an eye on system change – this balances my tendency to focus on small-scale projects and on individuals.”

 

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