Tag Archives: Food

New BTCV app will help you to grow your own!

BTCV is today launching a free mobile app to get the world growing. The Get Growing app features a unique one touch calculator which allows users to enter their garden, balcony or plot size to find out exactly how much food they could grow. It also tells potential growers how much money they could save on [...]

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Free support for community owned food businesses from Making Local Food Work

Making Local Food Work are currently offering free specialist support to any existing community-owned, local food businesses.  They are also offering a Skillshare service which gives peer to peer learning via mentoring or study visits.  The Making Local Food Work website provides more detail: Making Local Food Work can help community food enterprises across England [...]

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Defra policy update: Farming and Food Taskforce announced

Defra’s Agriculture Minister, Jim Paice, has announced a new Task Force to look at ways to reduce the burden of regulations that affect farming and related food processing businesses. The Task Force on Farming Regulation will begin a review of current regulations and advise on how these could be streamlined and improved in the future. Mr [...]

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Open Farm Sunday – 13 June

Open Farm Sunday is on 13 June this year. Farmers across the country will open their gates to give everyone the opportunity to meet the people who grow our food and care for the countryside.  Open Farm Sunday is one day in the year when everyone gets the chance to understand the true story and value behind [...]

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‘Real Growers’ launched.

The Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) and Plan-it Earth Environmental Project have announced the launch of Real Growers, a new social enterprise venture which will see local people learn new skills in food production and sustainable living. Real Growers is a social enterprise which has been set up as part of RIO’s delivery of the Future [...]

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How do you want the future to look?

Here is a prime opportunity for those of you who want to tell Defra what it should be doing on the environment and sustainable development, homes, shopping and eating, travel and business – you are invited to join the ‘Greener Society’ debate and share your views on what a greener future might look like. Click here to [...]

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Defra on food waste and anaerobic digestion

Food 2030, the Government’s food strategy, makes tackling food waste one of its six priorities. The goal is to avoid food waste as much as possible at every stage in the supply chain – from production and manufacturing through distribution and retail to waste-conscious consumers. This must be done in ways that do not compromise food [...]

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Defra wins social action research contract

  Happy Social Enterprise Day! Today (19/11/09) Angela Smith, Minister for the third sector, announced the second phase of the Office of the Third Sector’s £1.3m Social Enterprise Action Research (SEAR) programme, which allows other departments to explore ways in which social enterprises offer solutions to policy problems.  The Social Enterprise Action Research programme uses small amounts of Cabinet Office [...]

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A visit to two award winning social enterprises

Lucy Findlay (RISE) | Clare Joy (Hornbeam Centre) | Mary Rayner (Co-operatives UK) | Marlene Barrett (Hornbeam Centre) One of the roles of Defra’s Social Enterprise Strategic Partnership (SESP) is to raise awareness within Defra to the role social enterprises play in the delivery of Defra’s policy objectives. Our SESP do this in a variety [...]

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