There are a few exciting opportunities coming up to feed into and support FoodFutures work here in Lancaster.

For those who don’t know, FoodFutures is North Lancashire’s award-winning sustainable food network, that’s working to build a collaborative community of practitioners, policy makers and researchers working on sustainable food matters in the local area.

It is made up of representatives from the local farming community, local food businesses, the public sector, Lancaster City Council, NGOs, community food groups and our local academic institutions (including Lancaster University). In 2019 the partnership was awarded a Bronze Award from the National Sustainable Food Cities (SFC) network and over the next few years it is working towards a Silver. As part of this work it’s creating a website (hurrah!) and would love your input.

On Thursday 20th February from 17:00 – 18:30 FoodFutures is running a focus group at the Friends Meeting House, Lancaster. It wants to ensure the FoodFutures website is as useful as possible for people living and working in North Lancashire. What do you want to know about all things sustainable food? How can we improve the local food directory? How can the website be made useful for your house, allotment, community food group or business? Should it include a seasonal recipe swap? This focus group is open to everyone and all questions and ideas will feed into the website design process.

The second opportunity is a job! On behalf of FoodFutures, LESS is recruiting for a part time (15 hours a week) communications coordinator for the FoodFutures network. This role will be based in Lancaster and essentially aims to raise the profile of North Lancashire’s Food Futures work; ensuring effective internal and external communication and knowledge exchange. The deadline for applications is the 1st March 2020, so please share this news widely and encourage suitable people to apply. You can find out more about the job role and can download the job pack from here or email

This role will involve the following (among other things):

  • Coordinating a district wide sustainable food campaign.
  • Supporting FoodFutures in developing a de-centralised communications strategy.
  • Using a wide range of communication media – press, radio, TV, social media, website, events, blogs and promotional materials – to publicise the work of the FoodFutures network; raising its profile at a local and national level.
  • Organising seasonal markets and supporting other sustainable food events.

And finally, LESS is seeking to organise the first Northern Real Farming conference. If you would like to support this exciting new initiative please contact for more information.

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