Foodfuture Bridport is a new cross sector partnership developing with support from Communities Living Sustainably in Dorset, a Big Lottery funded initiative which aims to help people in West Dorset tackle climate change and live more sustainably.
FoodFuture partners, including food businesses, community groups and policy makers, have been meeting since December 2013. To date our work has focused on bringing stakeholders together to identify and debate issues and set priorities, while developing an identity for the new partnership, talking to the public about sustainable diets and promoting food related behaviour change.
1. In 2014, our “FEAST your way to sustainability” roadshow toured local events mapping signature dishes, conducting a Big Food Fact Find and promoting behaviour change via our FoodSmart sustainable consumption pledge. This “listening campaign” culminated in “Waste Less, Spend Better” during One World Week asking the public to use savings from wasting less to invest in local sustainable food. Results of testing messages and narratives in this way will inform communications going forward.
2. Members of FoodFuture Bridport worked closely with Bridport FM to air 2 hour-long Food programmes.
3. We have established a regular e-news bulletin with 300+ subscribers and continue to build its readership
4. We have promoted local community projects and supported them to achieve their goals.
HOME in Bridport utilises arts and cultural work to engage families in behaviour change around shopping, cooking and food growing and employed 2 sessional gardeners with CLS support.
Bridport Community Orchard and Allotment offers accessible raised beds and a supportive community of growers to work and learn alongside.
Bridport Community Soup raises community awareness of food waste and is developing links with the Co-op, food banks and plans to create an outdoor upcycled community feast in 2015.
5. FoodFuture partner Dorset Food and Drink is the key organisation working with member local food businesses in the Bridport area and beyond, promoting them widely across a full calendar of food events, culminating in Dorset Food Week. Closer collaboration on sustainable food messaging is planned for 2015
6. The Partnership has also supported local food businesses to access tailored advice and expertise about resource efficiency via Use less, Make More workshops run by WSX Enterprise. Also PEPC, a local smallholders’ co-operative, has received marketing support for their mobile shop, The Charmouth Dragon, helping to link it to local tourism providers. The FoodFuture Partnership supports the aims and objectives of the Landworkers Alliance, which has its national HQ near Bridport
7. In 2014 FoodFuture partner Dorset Waste Partnership began a domestic food waste collection service and already reports changed behaviour. Discussions are now taking place about how to respond to the increased food waste arisings linked to the introduction of the School Food plan.
8. FoodFuture partners Bridport Local Food Group run the annual Bridport Food Festival. In 2014 they instituted the Food Service Awards to celebrate people working in catering in the town. In 2015, the Food Group will include more educational activities and is considering how to include more sustainable food messages and producers into its programme, Food Guide and Taste Trail.
9. FoodFuture partners, Dorset POPP, has developed and maintains a directory of eating opportunities including information on meals delivery, lunch clubs, shopping services and foodbanks
10. In December 2014, Bridport FoodFuture decided to bid for a Sustainable Food Town award. Adopting this as our main priority will help us to celebrate all the wonderful work already going on in our area and to see where the gaps are and where the partnership can most usefully direct its resources to ensure that good, healthy food is accessible to all!
Initial stakeholder research, 2013 – available on request
Sowing the Seeds – report of first public meeting
Project plan 2014 - available on request
Progress report December 2014 - available on request
2014 Annual Review
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