Meath Food Series
The Meath Food Series is an innovative Food adventure! Wander round at your leisure and sample the culinary delights of our Royal County in the summer and autumn months! Website.
Food glorious food – Galway Food Festival begins today
Galway Food Festival, the annual event celebrating the city as a good food destination, highlighting food provenance, sustainability, and healthy eating, opens today and runs throughout the Easter Weekend. Over the weekend, more than 100 restaurants, food outlets, and food producers will participate in more than 70 individual events, cookery demonstrations, talks, debates, taste trails, and family events. There will be a strong focus on local and west of Ireland producers and produce as the festival seeks to encourage and promote increased trade for local food outlets and suppliers. Galway Advertiser story.
The motto ‘Think Globally, Act Locally’ has long been a guiding tenet of the sustainable food movement. But does acting locally really make a difference and if so, what kind of difference? That’s just what a team of economists set out to explore in the study Linkages Between Community-Focused Agriculture, Farm Sales, and Regional Growth, published in Economic Development Quarterly (2014). Their results revealed that yes, direct farm-to-customer-sales in the form of farmer’s markets and farm visits do make a difference – but what kind of difference depends where the farms are located and on how well local communities have built up an supply chain to support this kind of local buying. Food Tank post. Study.
A Local Food Act for Australia – the Conversation continues
On 20 March 2014, the Conversation published an article authored by Dr Nick Rose entitled “Let’s Reap the Benefits of Local Food over Big Farming”. By 16 April 2014, this article had been read over 6,300 times and shared hundreds of times across social media. It generated 84 comments directly, from farmers, journalists, researchers and others. AFSA is working with partners and stakeholders in Victoria, NSW and Tasmania to promote the concept of a Local Food Act in each of those states, which meets key challenges and priorities for a fairer and more sustainable food system. Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance post.
Briefing 1892: Earning a livelihood on a small acreage
Keep set up costs low. Add value by direct marketing and/or processing. Avoid borrowing money by growing the business incrementally as surplus capital becomes available from profits. Avoid livestock production, unless value can be added to the product. Small is Successful Creating sustainable livelihoods on ten acres or less. RuSource Briefing 1892. Ecological Land publication.
The Wharf House puts local suppliers on the map
Award-winning Gloucester restaurant, The Wharf House, has launched a new feature on its website pinpointing local suppliers on an interactive map, to demonstrate the low food miles travelled to achieve its acclaimed menu of modern British and European cuisine. Dubbed a ‘veritable who’s who of Gloucestershire and regional food and drink suppliers’, the likes of Severn and Wye Smokery, Charles Martell’s Single Gloucester cheese, Martin’s Meats, Tracklements’ condiments and Tyrell’s crisps all feature on The Wharf House menu. SoGlos story.
John Jeavons, a Leader of the Homegrown Food Movement, Is Recognized For Incredible Contribution To Humanity
John Jeavons has been working for 42 years researching and promoting backyard food production. He is the author of the best-selling book “How to Grow More Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops Than You Ever Thought Possible On Less Land Than You Can Imagine” which has over 550,000 copies in print in seven languages. He has authored or helped create over 30 publications to enable people in all regions of the world to grow a balanced diet on a small plot of land. Digital Journal story.
Local Food, Lifts and a Passata Pulp Partnership
As much and all as I don’t spend lots of time in lifts, they can certainly be a great meeting place. Here’s how it unfolded yesterday. It began with the obligatory “no you first , no you first ” exchange until we were in and rolling. Andrew was his name and he asked if I was “that gardening guy “. Shook on that and the conversation went on. I mentioned that I had been at #tomatofestivalsydney yesterday in Sydney’s Botanic Gardens and it had involved heirloom tomato tasting with Clive Blazey and the team from Diggers Seeds, passata and sun-dried tomato making workshops with Pietro Demaio, panel discussion about heirloom vs hybrid tomatoes, best in show sauces and relishes, seed saving techniques etc etc. Andrew said how he was actually making passata with his wife over the weekend. Costa’s World post.
New Local Food Procurement Guide for School Nutrition Programs
Last week, the Farm to School Programof USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published Procuring Local Food for Child Nutrition Programs, a guide to help K-12 schools operating one or more Child Nutrition Programs with identifying and procuring locally grown and produced food for use at school cafeterias. Using examples from school districts, State agencies, and farm to school organizations around the country, this multi-part guide provides information on:
- menu planning basics and ways to integrate local foods
- fundamental principles of procurement such as “full and open competition”
- formal and informal procurement processes
- the variety of potential sources of local product and mechanisms to procure these products
- the application of geographic preference, and
- special topics such as donated foods. Weather Underground post.
Emerging Faith in Food Production
Nearly two out of three consumers (65 percent) still want to know more about where their food comes from, according to a new follow-up white paper, “Emerging Faith in Food Production,” by Sullivan Higdon & Sink (SHS) FoodThink. This white paper, built from a 2014 study, is a comparative analysis of consumers’ changing food production perceptions since our 2012 research titled, “Building Trust in What We Eat.” New data shows that the industry is starting to move in the right direction. FoodThink post.
AND IF YOU HAVE TIME
Costa is a vibrant change maker, a connector of people, a voice for reason, a lover of nature, and, perhaps above all else, Costa is a teacher and also the new host of the ABC’s Gardening Australia program. A landscape architect and permaculturalist, Costa’s real passion is food. Costa has an infectious energy and ability to relate to everyone he meets. Everyone feels comfortable around Costa because, with Costa, what you see is what you get. Website.