Author: Laura Stratford

  • Three High Street Bakers

    Three High Street Bakers

    Most of us in Lincolnshire, most of the time, consume uniform baked products, produced on an industrial scale by workers we will never meet. But it’s not the only choice available to us. We went to meet three highly skilled and passionate bakers, who are baking fresh each day on Lincoln High Street. It’s a […]

  • Fringe Farming

    Fringe Farming

    For fruit and vegetable crops – I’m talking the 7-a-day stuff that most of us need way more of in our diets – it’s a completely different story.  Just a few acres, with polytunnels or glasshouses require constant tending, and can employ numerous people doing skilled, interesting, rewarding, socially useful jobs.  Fruit and vegetables don’t necessarily need much processing before they reach our plates. We want to eat them fresh – the fresher the better!  It would make sense, then, that the most labour intensive, perishable, unprocessed foods are grown in close proximity to urban areas.

  • We Won Bronze!

    We Won Bronze!

    Greater Lincolnshire has become the latest place to win a prestigious Sustainable Food Places award. The award recognises Greater Lincolnshire Food Partnership’s work to promote healthy, sustainable and local food and to tackle some of today’s greatest social challenges, from food poverty and diet-related ill-health to the disappearance of family farms and the loss of […]

  • Food for the Planet

    Food for the Planet

    Food for the Planet is a framework to help local authorities and food businesses & organisations take simple actions to tackle the climate and nature emergency through food. If you’re a local food business committed to putting better food on the tables of Lincolnshire, consider making a #FoodforthePlanet pledge! Food for the Planet in Lincolnshire […]

  • Whose Bread is This?

    Whose Bread is This?

    What is grain diversity? Why does it matter? What can we do? Lincolnshire is a big grain producer. As we face unpredictable changes in weather due to global warming, diversity and resilience is increasingly important.

  • School Food

    School Food

    Infant and Junior school meal providers, whether in house or external caterers have been supported over the last decade by a variety of effective schemes helping them to deliver healthier and more nutritious lunchtime meals. So now what about our secondary schools? Time for lunch From Year 7 onwards we see a drastic change in […]

  • Learning from Mrs Smith

    Learning from Mrs Smith

    A project exploring our sustainable past for a sustainable future, at Mrs Smith’s Cottage. Be More… Seasonal. Sustainable. Hilda. During this time of climate crisis more people are looking to the past to learn new skills and rediscover traditional knowledge that will be able to help us live a more sustainable and environmentally friendly daily life.  […]

  • Learning to love vegetables

    Learning to love vegetables

    What’s the difference between snot and broccoli?  You can’t get the kids to eat the broccoli! We’re all trying to get the kids to eat more veg, right? “You can’t go play till you’ve finished your carrots. Just try a tiny bit. There’s pudding when you’ve finished your first course.” Coaxing, rewards, punishments… We can […]

  • Not a Sausage

    Not a Sausage

    “What’s local food like in Lincolnshire?” she asked me. “You have sausages, don’t you?” I talk about food culture enough to know that the question of whether Lincolnshire food is more than a sausage is hardly an original one. This offhand enquiry causes me to feel furiously insulted every time! Lincolnshire – the breadbasket of […]

  • Friendship Through Food

    Friendship Through Food

    With the invention of the modern day restaurant, communal dining had somewhat died out with the exception of celebration days and religious festivals.  Even through the peaks and troughs of the last 2 years, venues are opening across Lincolnshire offering a new way of socialising that stem from ancient traditions; from ‘Ordinaries’ of the 17th […]