Author: Laura Stratford

  • New Year Reflections

    New Year Reflections

    Despite the ongoing disruption and ravages of the pandemic, there are things to celebrate from 2021. We look back at a few highlights of 2021. New Community Grocery in Lincoln Food poverty is poverty. Foodbanks cannot solve that. Alongside the numerous organisations in Lincoln working to make sure everyone has access to food, we want […]

  • 10 Christmas Gift ideas towards a sustainable food system

    10 Christmas Gift ideas towards a sustainable food system

    10 ideas to get away from Christmas consumer spending and towards health, conviviality and a sustainable food system. Including: laughter, cooking, planning, planting, reading, joining, eating, drinking – and being merry!

  • Holiday Clubs for Kids

    Holiday Clubs for Kids

    Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) kids clubs are free of charge for children aged 5-16 eligible for free school meals, and include sports and other fun activities, and food is provided.

  • Beans, Beans, Good for your Heart

    Beans, Beans, Good for your Heart

    But are they really? And should we be eating lots more of them? The short answers to those questions are Yes and Yes, and can I entice you to read further with a promise of an uber easy super nutritional bean recipe at the end? So how are beans good for our bodies and in […]

  • Bread & Roses

    Bread & Roses

    A photo-essay following local food in Boston, Lincolnshire, presented at the Harvest Supper hosted by the High Sheriff of Lincolnshire at Lincoln Cathedral, October 2021. And a few reflections on it, by Laura Stratford.

  • Willoughby Road Allotment Association

    Willoughby Road Allotment Association

    The Power of Allotments for Community, Kindness and Learning Allotments 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 […]

  • Low Fulney Family Allotments

    Low Fulney Family Allotments

    Family 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 […]

  • Growing Food at Lincoln St Faith’s

    Growing Food at Lincoln St Faith’s

    The 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 […]

  • HMP North Sea Camp

    HMP North Sea Camp

    Farms 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 CIC

    EcoSerenity Project CIC

    A 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 […]

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