Getting the Message Across

An important part of the work of the Lincoln Food Partnership is to reach as wide an audience as possible.

In this regard, we have developed a regular newsletter and this website is now designed to provide as much information about the work of the LFP – and wholesome sustainable food – as possible.

You can sign up to receive our newsletter by email here.

TasteED – Taste Education

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In addition, we have an LFP Board member on the team at Taste Ed, which is a national body set up to disseminate knowledge and learning for food education to schools and nurseries across the UK.

Sapere – Learning About Taste at School

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We also have a Board Member on the Board of SAPERE International, concerned with taste education for health, drawing on best practice in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Japan, Netherlands, Norway Sweden and Switzerland as well as in the UK.

Board members undertake regular lectures and talks about the work of the Lincoln Food Partnership: do contact us if you would like us to come and talk to you.

Prof. Nigel Curry talks to Radio Lincolnshire about Lincoln Food Strategy

A useful summary of the work of the LFP also can be found in this Radio Lincolnshire Broadcast of 27 February 2019:

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Why does Lincolnshire need a Food Strategy?

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 spoke with Paul Collingwood and Gerry Ladds, who areContinue reading “Willoughby Road Allotment Association: The Power of Allotments for Community, Kindness and Learning”

Washingborough Academy Steps up to the Plate!

With only the children of key workers at school, Washingborough Academy kitchens might have been ‘stood down’.

Instead, the school chef has expanded the provision of hot meals to include all children who would otherwise have free school meals.

And it doesn’t stop there:  the school is offering to deliver to all members of the local community who are over 70 and self-isolating.

Demand has grown nearly three-fold in the first week. 

Washingborough meals

Delivery volunteers are all gloved and have school ID. Aluminium containers are left on the doorstep with guaranteed arrival between 12:15 and 13:00 so that the food meets all safety requirements for hot meals.

Allergies are being recorded, and payment – £2:50 for a meal – is tracked through bank transfer. 

One elderly lady on the food run had not seen anyone for 2 weeks and spoke to the delivery person through her window expressing her gratitude.

Another 87-year-old resident had been to the school himself in 1937 and said that the school action made him feel proud.

Just for fun –

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

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.   HisContinue reading “EcoSerenity Project CIC”

Food at the School Gate

St George’s C of E Community Primary School in Gainsborough has designed a ‘Grab n Go’ food station at the school gates, which is feeding their school and the local community.

They have painted white lines 2 metres apart on the path to ensure social distancing.   

St George's School gate, Gainsborough

Anybody else – including passers-by – can help themselves to a food package for only £1.00.

For local people who are self-isolating, two ‘school dads’ who are taxi drivers, and several staff, are running a delivery service. And they are endeavouring to deliver to all local elders, too. Residents in self-isolation and elders are being identified through the two local churches.   

“Since the schools have closed, St George’s has fed all of its school children – and those from another school, too”. 

Head Teacher Katie Barry

And in the first week, over 100 food parcels have gone out to school families, the elderly and even some staff who are struggling for money following recent redundancies. 

All of the food parcels are funded out of the school budget. 

The Inkpot – a permaculture farm in Lincolnshire

How 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 –Continue reading “The Inkpot – a permaculture farm in Lincolnshire”

Volunteer Opportunities in Lincoln: Van Drivers

FareShare 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 driverContinue reading “Volunteer Opportunities in Lincoln: Van Drivers”

The All Party Parliamentary Group on the National Food Strategy

The 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.   ItContinue reading “The All Party Parliamentary Group on the National Food Strategy”

Food Need in Rural Lincolnshire up 400%

Horncastle Community Larder operates out of the Horncastle Community Centre. Run by volunteers, it serves not only the town, but villages in the rural hinterland.

Through referrals, it provides food parcels to those in food need as a stop gap whilst more
permanent solutions are sought.

And so far in 2020 there are four times as many people needing help than there were in 2019!

Volunteers collect non-perishable food at several points in the town, and further afield such as in Coningsby.

Collection efforts extend to the local school – Queen Elizabeth Grammar School – which provided valuable donations of all types for the difficult Christmas period.

To help make the most of distributed food, Horncastle Community Larder also runs a
recipe page on its web site, with some very simple recipes making use of ingredients found in a typical food parcel. This is educational as well as practical.

The Larder recognises that there is also a need for a range of other products to help people in need – particularly washing powder and washing up liquid: their range of provision is broadening all the time.

If you want to know more about Horncastle Community Larder, contact them via their Facebook site.

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 hundredsContinue reading “Food from the Other Side of the World?”

The Future of Seed

Seed 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 thatContinue 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 sellingContinue reading “The Seed Co-operative”

How can I help?

Foodbanks welcome donations and volunteer help. You can contact foodbanks – and any of our food partners – directly, or get in touch with us and we’ll help you find the best way for you to offer your time, skills and resources.

Tackling Food Poverty in Sleaford and Surrounding Villages

It is easy to think that food poverty is concentrated in our cities and metropolitan areas. It is not, of course, and some of the most deprived wards in our county are on the coast and in our rural areas. 

Sleaford New Life Community Larder is addressing these needs in North Kesteven District, offering a three-day supply of food and other items to around 1,300 people a year. Running since 2008, the Larder has secured a number of awards for its community work. 

The Larder is supported by volunteers and is stocked entirely by donations from local businesses, schools and churches. Food donations are made up into food parcels, and gifts of cash are used to buy perishable items such as milk, bread and toiletries. 

Acknowledging the dispersed nature of rural food poverty – it is sometimes difficult to get to food bank centres from remoter rural areas – the Larder is sometimes able to deliver food to the door of those without access to transport or a local shop. 

The Larder receives referrals from local agencies and these have increased nearly ten-fold since the Larder began. If you would like to support the larder through donations or volunteering, then do contact them through their web site:

communitylarder.co.uk 

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