Over the next 5 months North Lancashire’s FoodFutures partnership will be developing a 10 year food strategy for the North Lancashire area. This will build on local work and experience to date, whilst opening up the process to facilitate even more collaborative work across our food system. The final strategy hopes to be a ‘guiding north star’ for holistic food work in the District; being reviewed and adapted annually in response to changes in local circumstance.
There are a number of ways for you to feed in and shape North Lancashire’s food strategy – from attending strategy days, hosting a local discussion group, submitting a piece of artwork, filling in an online survey, or attending the final launch events. We hope there are opportunities for all to get involved – whether a food eater, producer, distributor or thinker. For joining details click here.
Confirmed dates and activities include:
- 16th December 9:30 – 12:30 Food and environment strategy day. This will reflect on FoodFutures work to date whilst responding to recommendations from Lancaster Districts Climate Change People’s Jury.
- 16th December 2020 Farmer network mapping exercise.
- 6th January 10:00 – 13:00 Community food skills strategy day.
- 6th January 14:00 – 16:00 FoodFutures heart group strategy day.
- 13th January 9:45 – 13:00 Food economy and procurement strategy day.
- 18th January 10:00 – 13:00 Food and health strategy day.
- 27th January 10:00 – 13:00 FoodFutures Quarterly partnership meeting. (The outcomes of the January themed strategy days will be shared and built on at FoodFutures partnership meeting).
- Community conversation with a focus on food poverty and access to healthy food – 18th February 18:30 – 20:00
- Community conversation – Saturday 20th February 15:00 – 17:00 We will transport you to 2030 to explore our ‘thriving local food system that is healthy, resilient and fair’. Register here.
- Online survey. This will offer an opportunity to feed into FoodFutures strategy work if you are unable to attend any events. IT will be launched on the 1st February.
- Local discussion groups. FoodFutures will support groups across North Lancashire to run their own local discussion groups by providing guidance on running a visioning activity and offering some basic resources and facilitation tips. Results from these will feed into FoodFutures strategy. More details will be released on 1st February.
- Art competition. We will run an art competition themed around the vision of: A thriving local food system that is healthy, resilient and fair. This is open to all ages, with submitted artworks being displayed as part of an exhibition in May. More details will be released on 1st February.
- Focus groups. FoodFutures is organizing a series of targeted events for the following stakeholders: local farming and land management networks, procurement managers, schools, college and uni representatives, community food activists and local food businesses. If you are interested in shaping or attending any of these, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Draft strategy and manifesto shared for comment.
May 2021: Spring into action!
- Food strategy published
- Launch event
- Art exhibition
- Community food events and activities
FoodFutures approach to its strategy development
In shaping this strategy FoodFutures is taking a place based approach (covering North Lancashire) that thinks through how we can build a thriving local food system that is healthy, resilient and fair.
In doing so FoodFutures seeks to align this strategy with a number of international and local frameworks and goals that include: the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Climate Accord, the six core pillars of food sovereignty and Lancaster District Council’s people’s jury climate recommendations.
As a member of the national Sustainable Food Places network, FoodFutures will also cover and embed the key themes outlined in the Sustainable Food Places silver award framework:
- taking a joined-up approach to food
- building a local good food movement
- tackling food poverty, access to healthy food and diet-related ill health
- creating a vibrant and sustainable food economy
- transforming catering and procurement of sustainable food
- tackling the climate and nature emergency through good food