Wells Food Network aims to celebrate the joy of good food and to champion sustainable, affordable, locally grown food as an integral part of a heathy diet, community well-being and environmental conservation. It is rooted in community activism and inspired by its two founding partners: Sustainable Wells and Wells Food Festival.
The Wells Food Network has been established in response to the unanimous support of the wide range of stakeholders who participated in a public meeting held in February 2016 to explore the merits of Wells joining the Sustainable Food Cities network. The findings from this meeting are summarised here.
A Steering Group was then created which comprises 15 people drawn from a diversity of community and voluntary organisations, local businesses, and the public sector - detailed in the Planning Framework.
On the advice of the Steering Group, the Wells Food Network has been created as a membership organisation, with charitable unincorporated association status, for the benefit of people in Wells and its surrounding communities.
A Board of Trustees has been appointed to assume formal accountability for all WFN’s affairs.
Our plan of action for 2017 will be created at a workshop in October 2016.
A cross-sector partnership will be created during 2017 comprising people with complementary expertise across the local food system.
Wells and its surrounding towns, villages and countryside have a number of sustainable food initiatives including:
Wells Food Festival, which brings together the best of Somerset produce every October, champions artisan producers and this year attracted close to 15,000 people.
Sustainable Wells, which supports a number of exciting community initiatives and has a food group campaigning for a more sustainable food and farming system. It took part in this year’s Wells Food Festival with a 'Food for Thought' marquee filled with fun and thought-provoking activities around food sustainablilty.
Somerset Community Food, a grassroots charity which aims to reconnect people with the social, health and environmental effects of growing, buying, preparing and eating local food.
Feed Avalon, a social enterprise dedicated to developing socially and economically empowering food systems to build food resilience in Glastonbury, Street and the surrounding areas.
Community Food Forum, thrice-yearly informal gatherings of individuals and groups from the local area who are interested in reclaiming the food system.
Somerset Local Food Direct, set up in 2002 as a way of providing local food direct to everyone in Somerset.
Incredible Edible Somerset, a grassroots network of home & community food growers & community organisers.
Growing Roots, a community interest company that uses gardening to work with children, young people and their families who are experiencing social, emotional, behavioural or physical difficulties.
Findings from the exploratory meeting held 23/2/’16
Planning Framework and SFC Terms of Reference
Wells Food Network
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