Our network of initiatives
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.
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.
Neighboorfood Nottingham is Nottingham’s dedicated online local food platform with over 470 product lines. The aim is to connect local producers to local people, making shopping for local food both quick and easy. The group has recently added surplus from local allotment and community food growers to complement the online shopping experience.
One London garden has grown over £3,000 of fruit and veg in the last two seasons and is on the way to having grown 7,000 portions of fruit and veg! Find out how your garden can join the experiment.
Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE) opened five community food outlets (CFOs) on the back of the Veg Cities Aberdeen campaign. The charity runs 40 CFOs in total across the city to provide access to affordable and good quality produce for those who may not be able to visit a shop every week. They are located at community settings, such as community centres, hospitals, or sheltered housing complexes.
Good Food Oxford ran two six-week pilot cooking courses earlier this year to empower people to eat more vegetables as part of Veg Cities Oxford.
Uptake of Healthy Start across Grampian and City of Aberdeen is lower than the Scottish average. Ahead of the transition to the new Best Start scheme, the NHS Grampian Health Improvement team is collaborating with partners across the NHS, local authority and third sector to increase uptake.
ShefFood, the food partnership for Sheffield, took centre stage at the city’s Sheffield Food Festival 24-27 May by organising events, talks and food trails over the course of several days, helping to connect all the local organisations involved in good food.
‘Roots to Market’ explores the potential for growing and developing Glasgow’s local food economy. It started as a piece of research lead by Glasgow Community Food Network and Propagate in 2018, bringing together urban market gardeners and chefs passionate about using local produce. One year on, the team looks at the progress over the course of the last year, and maps what needs to happen next to turn this vision into reality.
As part of Veg Cities, Cambridge Sustainable Food (CSF) is helping to ensure holiday lunches are packed with vegetables by involving families in fun meal preparation sessions.