We are a partnership of organisations working together for greener, fairer and healthier food for all, through sustainable local action.
As a partnership organisation, the LFP does not develop projects in an executive, singular way.
Rather we seek to bring groups of people together with a common purpose, to achieve more than we might have done individually.
Our role is thus supportive, catalytic and contributory, seeking to make a more integrated local food system, consistent with our mission and aims.
We believe that everyone should have access to enough good food.
Use our online map to find your nearest foodbank, community larder, affordable cafe, membership supermarket or homeless outreach.
There are all sorts of way to get involved with growing food in your local community, from school growing projects and community gardens and orchards, to horticultural societies, Community Supported Agriculture and Care Farms.
Find out what’s going on in your area, and galvanise your community through food.
Recent blog posts:
- Willoughby Road Allotment Association: The Power of Allotments for Community, Kindness and LearningAllotments are often sites of surprising diversity, community, wellbeing and intergenerational connection. But the people of Willoughby Road Allotment Association have taken this to a whole new level, and show the incredible capacity for allotment spaces to bring diverse communities together, and to propagate kindness! I spoke with Paul Collingwood and Gerry Ladds, who are instrumental in running the Allotment Association, and have dedicated their retirement to the health and cohesion of their community, through growingContinue reading “Willoughby Road Allotment Association: The Power of Allotments for Community, Kindness and Learning”
- Low Fulney Family AllotmentsFamily Services Goes Outdoors! “We were working with a group of Young People who were permanently excluded from school, and there was this one girl who told us about her trips with her Grandad to his allotment. They were good memories. So we said to ourselves, could we have an allotment, where more young young people could make happy memories together? And the answer was yes.” Tracy Cuthbert – Early Help Worker Grow & Share ThatContinue reading “Low Fulney Family Allotments”
- Growing Food at Lincoln St Faith’sThe National Food Strategy is the UK’s first comprehensive review of the food system in over 75 years. It was commissioned by the government and lays out concrete proposals for how our food system needs to be reformed to meet health, nature and climate targets. Interestingly, it has a lot to say about schools. Food for Life The report specifically recommends taking a whole school approach to food. The Food for Life Programme provides such aContinue reading “Growing Food at Lincoln St Faith’s”
- HMP North Sea CampFarms need people. Fewer EU workers and the Covid-19 pandemic have left a gaping hole in the number of agricultural land workers. HMP North Sea Camp – a men’s open prison on the Lincolnshire coast – provides training and work experience to prisoners, including agricultural, horticultural and other food-related work. This presents a particular opportunity for Lincolnshire employers in the food and farming sector to contribute powerfully to the future of prison leavers as well as increasing the safety of our communities in the future.
- EcoSerenity Project CICA Community Farm Project for Better Mental Health How would you respond, if your day to day work brought you regularly in contact with people at the farthest ebb of their mental health, maybe even on the precipice of suicide? Andy, in his work at a local landmark, deals regularly with emotionally distressed individuals. His response – the creation of EcoSerenity Project CIC – is designed to meet the hard realities that he comes into contactContinue reading “EcoSerenity Project CIC”
- Food and Health in Primary SchoolConversation with a Learning Mentor Normally when I visit a food place, I prepare for a blog, take snaps, make notes, but today I put my smartphone down to listen up. Kirsty Ollerenshaw is a teaching mentor and a mother. When I first “met” her, on an online Incredible Edible event, she was asking questions about restoring abandoned raised beds at Gunthorpe Primary School in Peterborough, where she had just started working. I sighed inwardly, inContinue reading “Food and Health in Primary School”
- The Inkpot – a permaculture farm in LincolnshireHow does permaculture address the big challenges of our times – from the climate and ecological crises, to the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities? Hannah Thorogood – a permaculture designer and senior UK Permaculture teacher – farms 100 acres (without a tractor). Her land and farming practices embody a mindset of abundance – one that many of us are aspiring to and wondering how to realise. Farming the future The Inkpot Farm near SleafordContinue reading “The Inkpot – a permaculture farm in Lincolnshire”
- Volunteer Opportunities in Lincoln: Van DriversFareShare Midlands works throughout the region to fight hunger and tackle food waste. The economic fallout from the pandemic has exacerbated food poverty across our region. As a result, our operations have significantly increased to meet this need. Van Driver FareShare is looking for more people to join existing volunteer team as a van driver and help get food out to where it’s needed most. A standard driving licence is all you need to help getContinue reading “Volunteer Opportunities in Lincoln: Van Drivers”
- The All Party Parliamentary Group on the National Food StrategyThe APPG on the National Food Strategy, chaired by Jo Gideon, MP for Stoke on Trent, had its fourth meeting on 25th May to consider the way in which part 2 of the National Food Strategy might embrace the development of urban food systems, the support for rural communities, and how ‘good food’ jobs might be developed. The LFP was there. It was acknowledged that food systems needed to change radically and fundamentally not just to feed the nation (we should import less food) but toContinue reading “The All Party Parliamentary Group on the National Food Strategy”
- Food from the Other Side of the World?The Tariff-free trade deal with Australia being offered at the end of May, split Cabinet over food. Environment Secretary George Eustice was concerned that because of scale of livestock farming in the Antipodes, UK farmers could be undercut. Whilst these differences have been patched up in Westminster, the National Farmers Union is concerned that hundreds of UK livestock farmers will go out of business as a result of the deal. The Scottish and Welsh governments want Continue reading “Food from the Other Side of the World?”
- The Future of SeedSeed sovereignty is about growers being able to produce and have control of their seeds – by saving seed from the crops they grow, selecting the strongest and most suitable seeds for breeding, and exchanging seeds freely with others. Sounds simple, right? At the moment, almost all commercial seeds are F1 hybrids. The seeds that these plants produce are either sterile or the seed saved from them can be expected to produce poor crops – growersContinue reading “The Future of Seed”
- The Seed Co-operative“Our mission is to sow the seeds of a healthy and resilient organic food system that promotes diversity, democracy and a closer relationship with our food, and those who grow it.” The Seed Co-operative Sowing the seeds of a resilient food future The Seed Co-operative is a Lincolnshire seed producer – growing, processing and selling organic, open pollinated seeds. The seeds are adapted to the local climate and organic growing systems. Co-operatively owned and managed, theContinue reading “The Seed Co-operative”
- United Food Force in North East LincolnshireOne of our newest partners, the We Are One Foundation, is running three food banks in Grimsby, along with another in Caistor and another two in Cleethorpes. The foundation is a result of One man’s vision to fight food poverty and change the lives of people in his community. Staple Foods & Hot Meals Now working with dedicated trustees and an amazing group of volunteers, not only do they coordinate provision of staple foods to thoseContinue reading “United Food Force in North East Lincolnshire”
- Gosberton House AcademyAt Gosberton House Academy, all children get to grow vegetables from seed, cook every week, and eat the things that they have grown on the site. I know full well that plenty of children get little more experience of growing food than germinating a broad bean in a yoghurt pot! So I had to go and have a look… I will share with you on the tour that I was taken on by vice principal, PaulContinue reading “Gosberton House Academy”
- Cogglesford WatermillA Story of Local Food & Heritage Cogglesford Watermill is the last working Sheriff’s watermill, rescued from dereliction around 30 years ago by North Kesteven council, and is maintained as a heritage site, open to the public. During lockdown, while the usual visitors have been kept away, the mill team has been re-thinking the importance of food and the mill’s original purpose of grinding flour. The food response to lockdown When the first lockdown kicked in,Continue reading “Cogglesford Watermill”
- Job Opportunity: Warehouse Coordinator & Van Driver£19,000 per annum equivalent – 6 months fixed contract Starting date: Monday June 28th 2021 37.5 hours per week Working hours to be flexible dependant of the needs of the operation Reporting to: Warehouse Supervisor, Lincs Co-op Pilot Location: FareShare Midlands, Vulcan Park, George Street, Lincoln LN5 8LG Summary of Role Purpose This is an exciting project for Fareshare Midlands, starting with a 6-month pilot to assess food availability, demand levels and logistics arrangements. The roleContinue reading “Job Opportunity: Warehouse Coordinator & Van Driver”
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Who we are
We are organisations working together towards a fairer, greener, healthier food system in Lincolnshire through sustainable local action, in sympathy with the Mission and Aims of the Lincoln Food Partnership.
Please get in touch if you would like to join us.
Our board brings together local leaders with a passion for sustainable food.
We have backgrounds in the public, private and third sector, including local government, the faith community, local businesses, schools and charities.
We work with foodbanks and other social food organisations in Lincolnshire to improve access to healthy food for all.
Use our online map to find your nearest foodbank, and find out how you can support people facing food poverty in your area.