NEWS

Latest news from Food Durham

Healthy Start Voucher Uptake

The Healthy Start Vouchers working group (involving representatives from the Midwifery teams, DCC Welfare Rights, CAB, NHS and Public Health) reported a significant increase in uptake this winter, making County Durham one of the top 5% Local Authority areas...

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A local Christmas dinner

Traditional Christmas dinners are full of seasonal ingredients be they sprouts, roast potatoes or parsnips.  Whether you’re aiming for a vegetarian or a traditional meaty festive meal, it is worth trying get ingredients from local and regional producers and there’s...

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Support for Dynamic Procurement Systems

Dynamic Purchasing UK Food  a social enterprise, have been working with the South West Food Hun to develop a digital platform with the potential to enable Local Authorities and other anchor institutions across the UK to form a food buying organisation that can deliver...

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SFP Food for the Planet campaign

Following on for the Low Carbon Lunch initiative in September and COP26 in Glasgow in November, Sustainable Food Places (SFP) has launched a new campaign called Food for the Planet, which encourages individuals, food businesses and Local Authorities to tackle the...

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Durham COP

Whilst the 26th Conference of Partners got going in Glasgow, Durham held its own event to bring together more than 70 attendees including representatives from Durham County Council, Durham University, businesses, and the NHS, at Beamish Hall to sign a new climate...

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Horden Minewater Project

As we reported in our last newsletter in July, a partnership made up of DCC's Low Carbon Team, community representatives of the local community in Horden, the East Durham Trust and East Durham Business Services have been exploring ways in which the warm minewater that...

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My preferred place – by Bruce A. Scholten

Claypath Delicatessen, just a 5 minute walk from Durham Marketplace, is sourcing sustainable ingredients, feeding customers and thriving amid Covid.  I talked to proprietors Rory and Angela Handy, who have created an oasis of handmade baked goods including sourdough...

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Food Durham is Moving!

Since 1st October, the Food Partnership coordinator role has been based at OASES North East, as part of Food Durham’s transition to a new host organisation.   OASES will support the development of Food Durham as it works through the Sustainable Food Places ‘Bronze to...

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Day of Celebration and Action on Food and Climate

Community organisations and individuals are invited to put plans in place to take part in Sustainable Food Places' Day of Celebration and Action on Food and Climate on Wednesday 29 September 2021.  The day all about highlighting the role that ordinary people can play...

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Community Good Food Network 14th July 2021

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this event.  The theme was linking community growing with community food provision and we heard from some fantastic projects who shared some of the approaches and challenges they've experienced.  You can watch the video here...

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VegPower- a personal experience

If you have children or grandchildren in a County Durham Primary School you will have spotted them getting very excited about vegetables over the past few weeks. Through the support of TaylorShaw, the company providing school meals to the majority of primaries in the...

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The journey from Bronze to Silver starts here!

We’re delighted to announce that our recent application to SFP to start our journey towards the Silver Award has been successful!  Food Durham’s Bronze SFP award recognised the breadth and strength of activity by all our partners across County Durham who are working...

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Beamish has launched an exciting new food stall!

Featuring a range of just-released, locally produced products, the new stall in the 1900s Town is the perfect one-stop shop for your Edwardian essentials.   From Pockerley Nettle cheese, Beamish blackberry jam and wildflower honey to Beamish dog biscuits, ploughman’s...

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Can you cut the mustard?

Did you know that Durham was the birthplace of English mustard, invented by Mrs Clements and first ground at a mill in Saddler Street in Durham City in the 18th Century?    Visit County Durham are searching for a mustard producer and would love to hear about anyone...

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It’s good to Grow your Own!

Families who have been accessing emergency food provision can come along to drop-in sessions at four community venues in County Durham.  The team at OASES are offering activities to help people learn more about growing food by sowing seeds and potting up plants to...

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Did you know about Healthy Start Vouchers?

In April, the value of Healthy Start Vouchers was increased to £4.25 but many eligible families in County Durham are not claiming them.  Healthy Start Vouchers are a way of helping pregnant women and families with young children to eat a healthier diet and are worth...

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Growing Ushaw Moor

A new project in Ushaw Moor led by local worker’s co-op Abundant Earth, is bringing together individuals of all ages, schools, groups, growers and allotment holders to support one another in the growing of food.    Growing Ushaw Moor is about developing an innovative...

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