Category: Tackling Poverty

  • Green Futures

    Green Futures

    As you can see from the photos, I visited Green Futures on the wettest day of the year. The damp and dreariness was fully matched by the warmth and cheerfulness of the volunteers, who got on amiably with tasks in the polytunnels, and lent me an umbrella for a guided tour in the pouring rain. […]

  • Edible Grimsby

    Edible Grimsby

    #GrowCookShare in NELincolnshire  On October 1st , several thousand people enjoyed a fun-packed, food-based celebration in Grimsby based on Growing, Cooking and Sharing. The celebration was the culmination of an 18-month long project called Edible Grimsby. The project worked with a variety of community groups in that time – largely but exclusively based in 6 Wards in […]

  • 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.

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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.

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]