What’s Happening

Our network of initiatives

A lack of veg in our diets is leading to premature deaths

New report shows stubbornly low levels of veg consumption in the UK. One third of children eat less than one portion a day and gap between how much veg the richest and poorest people in the UK are eating continues to widen. 

Social Enterprise increases access to fruit and veg during lockdown

Doric for “Veg around the town”, Vegaroonitoon was designed as a social enterprise initiative which offers fruit and vegetable boxes to individuals and households in and around Aberdeen City.

Join #SwitchUpYourLunch to help bEAT climate change

For the third year running, Good Food Oxford are running their 'Switch Up Your Lunch' veg pledge, calling on Oxfordshire residents to eat a vegetarian or vegan lunch on 14 June to bEAT climate change.

Celebrities become evil veg in new TV advert to launch third year of ‘Eat Them To Defeat Them’ campaign

An army of warrior kids vows to vanquish a legion of evil vegetables in the brand new TV advert for ITV and Veg Power’s highly effective Eat Them To Defeat Them campaign.

#RaiseASmile for bigger and better school fruit and veg

Throughout National Smile Month there is a new campaign to raise awareness about the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme and how a healthy diet is important for a healthy smile.

Green shoots: a year of Veg Cities campaigning

In January 2020, Sustainable Food Places awarded 13 Veg Cities funding to help their campaigns. Due to Covid, many adapted campaign plans rather than redeploying their capacity entirely to respond to the food emergency. Sofia Parente, Sustainable Food Places Policy and Campaigns Coordinator looks at some of the achievements.

More vegetables in the community during Covid and beyond

Covid has generated a new found interest in local food and growing our own but has also made access to fruit and vegetables harder for vulnerable groups. Food Durham has worked with various partners to promote veg growing activities, redistribute veg to those most in need and increase the uptake of Healthy Start.

Improving access to land for food production in Oxfordshire

Good Food Oxford produced a research report showing huge potential to convert land to horticulture in the County – over five times as much County Farm Estate land is used for horse pasture as for fruit and vegetable production.

Feed Leeds launches seedling campaign 'Sow A Row Xtra'

Feed Leeds, the local food growers' network, are taking a leaf out of Aberdeen and other cities' books by encouraging experienced gardeners to Sow A Row Xtra to share and donate. 

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm celebrates 40 years of growing food for the city of Leeds

In 2020 Meanwood Valley Urban Farm, situated on the outskirts of Leeds, celebrated its 40 year anniversary. The market garden at the farm has been integral in producing fresh produce for families and providing a space for volunteers to weather the pandemic. We sat down with market gardeners, Ben and Luke, to reflect on the past year.