The tenth edition of THRIVE North Lancashire launched at the Seasonal Market in March 2024.

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 work by local artist Rosie Tacon-Glass (@rosietaconglass).

The ‘Food for Thought’ theme in this THRIVE edition is ‘The Faces Behind our Food’. It features just some of the many people and non-human beings working across North Lancashire (and beyond) to grow, raise, process, bake, collect and
share some of the food and drink that we rely on to live. The issue also features the Closing Loops ‘Pots of Possibility’ grants scheme and the recent Sustainable Food Places silver award for North Lancashire.

Please give us feedback

What you think about the THRIVE magazine is important to helping us make it better. Please fill out our feedback form:


Pick up a copy

If you would like a paper copy of THRIVE to read, keep or pass on, here is a list of places that have committed to having copies whilst stock lasts:

Lancaster Seasonal Market (see this link for dates)
The Gregson, Lancaster
W. Robinson & Son (The Mammoth Onion), Forton
Eggcup (Lancaster and Morecambe)
Libraries in North Lancashire
The Printroom Cafe at The Storey, Lancaster
Carnforth Bookshop
Halton Mill
Black’s Finest Fish and Chips, Halton
Scorton Post Office
The Shop at Glasson Dock

Here is a full list of places we distribute to: Thrive pick-up places August 2023

Contribute to Thrive Magazine

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 to 

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 Andi:

Become a THRIVE supporter

We want to keep THRIVE free for readers across North Lancashire as we have started to see the impact this can have. For example, readers have told us that they felt inspired by all the community action already taking place. People have felt encouraged to tell their own stories, and new community food projects have been sparked by stories told in THRIVE. 

We don’t want to become a publication that is overrun by advertising. Instead we’d love to keep THRIVE freely available across North Lancashire whilst enabling local people to tell their own stories and grow a thriving citizen journalism network here.  

So, we’re asking for a little financial help from our community. By becoming a THRIVE supporter you contribute a monthly or annual amount – you choose – and directly support local writers, photographers, artists and editors who contribute to the magazine. 

No matter what level of support you choose (from £3 to £10 a month), you can pick up a copy of the magazine at a THRIVE supporters event. You’ll also be invited to other skill share events, community food events and meetings that shape THRIVE’s development.

Over the next year with our membership support we want to:

  • Continue paying local artists to produce the front cover and other illustrations in the magazine.
  • Continue to develop our citizen journalism training and mentoring programme.
  • Pay local editors in training, designers, and proofreaders to keep the magazine accessible and easy to read.
  • Cover costs of citizen journalists going out to interview food champions and people at interesting projects and businesses.
  • Distribute THRIVE to community hubs across North Lancashire – including community centres, food clubs, libraries, GP surgeries, pubs, and cafes.
  • Launch the quarterly THRIVE Magazine at seasonal markets that showcase some of the local projects and businesses that the magazine highlights.
  • Develop THRIVEpod, a community podcast that seeks to explore a range of topics that are published in THRIVE Magazine with article authors and other special guests.

Back issues

You can read all our back issues online or download PDF files. Click the cover thumbnails below:

THRIVE Winter 2023
THRIVE Harvest 2023
THRIVE June 2023
THRIVE March 2023
5th Edition THRIVE
4th Edition THRIVE
3rd Edition THRIVE
2nd Edition THRIVE
1st Edition THRIVE

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