What’s Happening

Our network of initiatives

Hull community allotment feeds local families

Following training sessions to support community food growing in January as part of the Veg Cities Hull, Constable Community Allotment ran a successful veg box scheme from July to September.

Sebastian’s seasonal root veg risotto crowned winner of Chef’s Challenge

After a successful run in 2018, Chef's Challenge was back to Glasgow to celebrate the amazing local chefs and food growers.

Social Pantry opens in Aberdeen with a focus on oral health

The Best Start and Smile Pantry opened this Autumn in Poynernook Road. Community Food Initiatives in the North East (CFINE) is leading the project, in partnership with NHS Grampian and Aberdeen City Council Communities Team, with funding from the Scottish Government Oral Health Community Challenge fund. It’s the second of its kind in the city, after the Woodside Pantry opened in February 2019.

Hull harvests the fruits of the Big Dig

Hull Food Partnership helped to establish or rejuvenate three food growing sites in some of the city’s poorest wards as part of the Big Dig day in April 2019. Thanks to good community engagement, the sites have recruited dozens of volunteers and have produced vegetables for hundreds of meals ensuring their viability for years to come.

Pumpkin Rescue - Join the fight against food waste

Already campaigning to reduce food waste or interested in doing more? Then PumpkinRescue is for you. All types of organisations can get involved, from restaurants to community groups, caterers to schools, by organising events, talks and workshops to celebrate seasonal food and fight food waste.

Bumper harvest in Luton

Groundwork Luton & Bedfordshire delivered dozens of food growing and healthy eating sessions this Summer and has already harvested nearly 400kg of vegetables, which is about 5,000 meals, across the three community food hubs set up as part of Veg Cities Luton and Luton Food Poverty Alliance.

Food festival celebrates the heritage and future of Welsh veg

Cardiff’s local food partnership, Food Cardiff joins forces with St Fagans National Museum of History to celebrate the veg we grow and eat. The partnership kicks off at St Fagans 10th annual Food Festival 7th and 8th September.

VegFest crowns Veg Cities Cambridge campaign

Cambridge Sustainable Food organised and ran the Cambridge VegFest from Saturday 13th to Sunday 21st July. It was a city-wide celebration of local and seasonal vegetables, bringing people together to grow, cook, eat and enjoy delicious veg. The festival also inspired people to eat more veg and less meat and dairy to reduce their impact on climate change.

Veg Patch expands to primary schools in Middlesbrough

The first ‘Veg Patch’ fruit and veg stall using locally grown and surplus vegetables was set up at the Teesside University campus early in 2019 by Veg Cities Middlesbrough, with support from Middlesbrough Environment City. The project has now expanded to two primary schools, saving over one tonne of fruit and vegetables from landfill and generating 3,001 meals.

Neighbourhood food growing festival takes root in Nottingham

Nottingham's first neighbourhood food growing festival took place in June. It featured a range of workshops, talks, demos, music, local food vendors, community outreach groups and community growing spaces. Coordinated by Nottingham Good Food Partnership (NGFP) and sponsored by University of Nottingham Future Food, the event engaged the public in food growing and helped to connect residents with local growing spaces.