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The first edition of Thrive North Lancashire was launched at the end of July 2021. It pulls together a collection of local stories, citizen journalism, knowledge sharing, and research around how we can move toward FoodFutures’ vision of ‘A thriving local food system that is healthy, resilient and fair.’

The cover features an illustration by local artist, Molly Bland.

Alongside the launch of a 10-year community food strategy you’ll find information about the Lancaster District Food Poverty Alliance action plan, how soil impacts a healthy diet, alternatives to food banks, and seasonal recipes from local residents that are full of seasonal produce grown in and around the North West of England. As well as stories of local community growing projects, individuals and independent businesses highlight their resilience and resourcefulness in the face of pandemic restrictions.

Read online (or download) the full magazine in the flip book to the left <<<

Contribute to the Winter 2021 edition

The next edition will highlight winter veg, what a ‘climate considerate’ diet might look like, and how to plan your garden to prepare for spring planting regardless of how much space you have.

To fill up the pages with exciting projects, skills and ideas, we need YOU to submit proposals!

Would you like to write a column? Or submit questions about growing, sustainability, food waste, composting, food systems and climate change? Can you think up a recipe that reduces food waste or uses local seasonal veg? Are you an artist that explores the themes of food, growing, or the environment? Are you a local forager, food preserver, or permaculturist and want to share your knowledge?

Simply email your ideas and proposal by 14th October.

Support this Magazine

We are developing a model of “Community Supported Publishing” (CSP) where we ask people to pay up front to ensure the magazine is published quarterly and that the magazine remains free when distributed.  Supporters’ donations help us to pay for printing, cover the costs of local storytellers writing about their lived experiences, and commission local artists, photographers and illustrators for the publications.

CSP donations do not mean you will receive a copy mailed to you (we currently don’t have capacity to do this). All copies will be available for pick up at various locations across the district.

Sponsor the Magazine

Your sponsorship ensures that the magazine is published quarterly and pays for a minimum of 2,000 printed editions to be distributed freely throughout North Lancashire, a coordinator/designer, and a copy editor. More sponsors mean more opportunities to pay individuals to write, photograph, edit, design, illustrate, and capture the ‘voices’ of North Lancashire. With more sponsorship, we can also increase our circulation and develop programmes to teach skills around storytelling, photography, and collaborative ‘regenerative’ journalism. 

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, email Kiki:

Magazine Distribution

We need help to make sure our magazines reach all corners of Lancaster District (North Lancashire). Do you have a café, restaurant, shop or community space that could be a distribution point for these magazines? If yes, get in touch by emailing Kiki:

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