Food Durham held its third Annual Gathering in Durham at Durham Town Hall on 25 October 2017. The event provided an opportunity to show just how much progress has been made on strengthening the food system across County Durham. The meeting, which was attended by well over 60 people, heard about SugarSmart, the Food Durham project to encourage organisations to make it easier for people reduce their intake of sugar and Growing Durham provided an update on the exciting work they are doing to encourage more people to grow some of their own food with all the associated benefits. There were also presentations about the practical steps being taken in the county to reduce food waste and about the new Sustainable Food Policy for Durham County Council. Food Hub Manager Keith Gill gave a presentation about the new County Durham Food Hub which was officially launched in the afternoon and a number of the local food businesses were also present to show off their products.
Keynote speaker was Kath Dalmeny, Chief Executive of Sustain, the Campaign for better food and farming. Kath touched on some of the ways our food system affects the environment and people. but also pointed to a whole lot of initiatives likes those by Food Durham that are making a real difference.
The Food Durham Annual Report 2016-17 was also published on the day of the Annual Gathering and is available here: Annual report 2017 FINAL
The presentations from the speakers are available below.
Keith Gill- Food Hub for County Durham- Food Durham Launch – Part 1
Keith Gill- Food Hub for County Durham- Food Durham Launch – Parts 2 3 and 4
Peter Samsom- Peter Samsom – Growing Durham final
Hannah Murray-Leslie- Sugar Smart Hannah Murray-Leslie
Rachel Gatland- Rachel Gatland – Waste Less Save More
Jamie Thomas and Tim Wright- Public Sector Update – Jamie Thomas Tim Wright
Kath Dalmeny- Good Food for Everyone, Forever- Sustain – Kath Dalmeny