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I had a lovely day at the Making Local Food Work conference in Manchester on Wednesday.  I met some great people, heard from some inspirational speakers (in particular Charlotte Hollins from Fordhall Farm, Kath Dalmeny from Growing Communities/Sustain and Vicki Hird a food campaigner), ate a delicious lunch and came away with what I hope is a better understanding of where my local ‘Low Carbon’ group should head on food related matters.

Making Local Food Work also launched their new report called ‘Local food and climate change – the role of community food enterprises’ – you can download a copy from their website here.

I also won something!  Which doesn’t seem to happen very often but when it does is a lovely surprise.  I won a copy of a new book called ‘Stuffed – positive action to prevent a global food crisis’ from EcoCentric.  I hadn’t read anything about the book, but it turned up in the post yesterday and have had my nose buried in it. 

It is a great read with some fantastic (and shocking) facts and well worth getting yourself a copy if you’re interested in food.  You can get yourself a copy from the online shop at the Soil Association’s website.  Get reading!

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Tomorrow I am heading off to the Making Local Food Work conference in Manchester – super excited, looks like there’s a really interesting group of delegates and some great workshops and talks.

Hopefully I will come back with some new ideas for my volunteer work in my local town – I always love finding out what other people and groups are up to.

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I do quite a bit of volunteering in any free time that I have.  Most of it is to do with local food.  On Tuesday 16th June I am helping to run an event in Knutsford, Cheshire to celebrate the local food grown and produced in our county.  If anyone reading this happens to live near to Knutsford and is interested in local food, we would be delighted if you are able to join us.

There will be a project update on the Mapping Local Food Websproject that has been taking place in Knutsford, which is funded by Making Local Food Work and CPRE.  The ‘Buy Local’ food awards that I have run for CPRE Cheshire over the past year will see the presentation of the awards to the winners – I will add another post in the next day or so to let you know who are winners are.  There will also be local produce to try, and some delicious cakes, tea and coffee.

We’d love to see you there!  For more information contact Helen Meade on 07833 250 134 or leave me a comment.

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