COUNTY DURHAM FOOD CHARTERRead and sign here
The County Durham Food Charter was launched at Durham Marketplace alongside the monthly Farmers’ Market on 19 September 2013.
We launched the charter because food consumers were becoming increasingly distanced from food production, with accompanying loss of skills in food production and preparation. Most people agree that ‘business as usual’ is not an option. The Charter, and the accompanying Sustainable Local Food Strategy, together with similar activities across the UK, are creating a movement for a more sustainable food system.
Read the County Durham Food Charter
The Food Charter is a statement of how organisations and individuals will work together to develop and promote a more sustainable, health local food system by supporting:
A Strong Local Food Economy
- A flourishing, competitive local ‘good food’ sector, providing gainful employment for local people.
- Public and private sector caterers sourcing ‘good food’ from local producers and suppliers, keeping value within our local economy.
- An economically viable supply chain for sustainable local food.
- A local food system that protects biodiversity and ecosystems and minimises its contribution to climate change.
- Food that is processed, distributed and disposed of in ways that increase composting and recycling and reduce the need for transport, energy use, packaging and waste.
Health and Wellbeing
- The creation of environments and infrastructure that make it easier to adopt and maintain healthy and sustainable diets.
- Food-related activities (e.g. growing, cooking) to improve physical and mental health for all, and which are available in our communities.
Resilient and Active Communities
- All our communities to have access to land, knowledge and skills in order to grow some of their own food.
Education and Skills Development
- Opportunities for everyone to learn about ‘good food’ – growing/rearing, cooking, preserving, marketing and selling it.
- Improved access to ‘good food’ for everyone, regardless of their income or where they live.
- Food produced with high animal welfare standards, and producers being fairly rewarded.
What you can do as an individual…
Buy more locally produced food
Compost food waste, recycle packaging
Grow some of your own food at home or in an allotment or community garden
Cook more meals from scratch using seasonal, local, fairly traded, sustainably produced ingredients
Try to waste as little food as possible
Support high standards of animal welfare by choosing e.g. free range eggs, responsibly sourced seafood
What you can do as a business/organisation…
Procure as much ‘sustainable local food’ as possible for employees and customers. You may start byincreasing the amount of fresh seasonal produce, checking that fish is MSC certified, and using eggs from free range hens
Provide opportunities for staff to grow food at or near their workplace
Reduce access to unhealthy processed food, such as snacks from vending machines
Provide the opportunity to compost tea bags and food waste
Read the County Durham Food Charter pledges…
|07/01/2017||Joanne Iceton||As the lead and director of a local non-profit enterprise (Little Chefs Big Chefs CIC), we teach practical healthy cooking workshops to children and families in the Bishop Auckland area. We are registered with Fareshare where Tesco donate surplus food which we use is sessions and distribute to vulnerable families to avoid food waste and hunger. Throughout all of our sessions we teach the importance of cooking from scratch, using seasonal foods, eating on a budget and growing your own food.|
|04/20/2017||Joan Russell||I pledge to grow my own food organically and encourage others to do the same. To compost and recycle as much as possible in the garden. To cook veg and fruit in season|
|01/26/2017||Lucy Roller||I pledge to grow our own food, to garden organically, to make compost, to buy organic where I can, to reduce waste, to cook from scratch where possible and to support local businesses and others in doing this.|
|01/07/2016||The Great North Cookery School||To promote enjoyable opportunities for people of all ages to learn how to cook from scratch and to value the importance of locally produced food that is in season.|
|09/17/2015||Miriam van Lent||To grow more food ourselves and educate and inspire our children in doing so, make own compost, plant to attract bees.|
|07/21/2015||Dianne Nichol-Brown||to keep adding to the varieties of organic fruit,vegetables edible flowers and herbal teas in our gardens for us, our guests and visitors, and support all our local businesses by buying everything else locally|
|06/21/2015||COLIN SMITH||to continue to supply all excess production from my allotment to my neighbours and other people in need of fresh veg and fruit as well as well as plants they can use to produce for themselves|
|06/21/2015||Hannah Murray-Leslie||to continue growing my own fruit & veg and buy more locally produced food|
|06/21/2015||joyce lovack||I am trying to get an allotment and I will grow my own veg any lelf over I will be giving out to the community|
|06/21/2015||Broom House Farm||To educate others about farming and where our food comes from, to grow/use as much locally produced food as possible and to reduce waste.|
|06/21/2015||John Atkinson||To help promote the charter and good news stories about local food producers via my networks and community radio|
|06/21/2015||Mark Quinn||To devote at least three hours every week working towards increasing the amount of food sourced and bought locally in Spennymoor.|
|06/21/2015||Michael Marston||We pledge to help and support the development of community greenspaces in Durham|
|06/21/2015||Dianne Nichol-Brown||To grow more varieties of fruit and veg and buy local organic seasonal produce whenever I can for our B&B guest meals|
|06/21/2015||Elizabeth Grayson||To continue to buy locally produced/fairly traded goods wherever possible and never waste anything.|
|06/21/2015||Durham University||To support the ‘Love Food Hate Waste Campaign’.|
|06/21/2015||Bishop Paul Butler||To help local churches engage with ‘good food’ and sustainibility|
|06/21/2015||margaret eadsforth||To involve children in growing a wild flower patch at Trimdon Grange Community Center|
|06/21/2015||David and Dianne Nichol-Brown||to plant more fruit trees every year and grow more heritage tomatoes and herbs for our plant nursery|
|06/21/2015||Fiona Green||I pledge to make compost and grow as much fruit and vegetables as I can and to continue producing eggs, lamb and pork for our own consumption|
|06/21/2015||maggie Babington||To produce more home grown foods within the school grounds as Part of our “incredible edible KIng James”|
|06/21/2015||Julie Morgan Dodds||•Try to waste as little food as possible •Compost food waste, recycle packaging|
|06/21/2015||Melanie Campbell||I pledge to make and grow more food at home, to buy local, produce less waste, and compost more. and…to do whatever I can to support the implementation of the strategy!|
|06/21/2015||Mohit Jain||Try to waste as little food as possible|
|06/21/2015||JR Holland Food Services Ltd.||JR Holland Food Services pledge to continue the expansion and growth of the number of local food manufacturers, producers and growers who through our hub and distribution network will allow them to supply their products to a large and varied customer base.|
|06/21/2015||geordie bakers||geordie bakers will launch a new range of hand-crafted artisan breads , produed by traditional methods and with no added sugar.|
|06/21/2015||Darren Leason||Taylor Foods Ltd will continue to strive to reduce our carbon footprint and source as many products as possible locally|
|06/21/2015||Angela Whiting||To focus on decreasing the food miles in my family food shopping|
|06/21/2015||Rachel Pain||I pledge to buy more locally grown good.|
|06/21/2015||Ilan Zvi Baron||I will buy local whenever possible, support local food suppliers, and will cook as much of my own foods from scratch as I can! I will also grow my own herb garden.|
|06/21/2015||Jo Atkinson||to support and promote local food events|
|06/21/2015||jane johnson||local food economy|
|06/21/2015||Sandra Almeida||I pledge to: •Buy more locally produced food •Grow some of your own food at home or in an allotment or community garden •Try to waste as little food as possible •Compost food waste, recycle packaging •Cook more meals from scratch using seasonal, local, fairly traded, sustainably produced ingredients •Support high standards of animal welfare by choosing e.g. free range eggs, responsibly sourced seafood . Convince Durham Council that more people is needed to contact each community, teach about compost and start vegetable patches at home.|
|06/21/2015||Flemming Schiøtt Hansen||I eat, communicate and cook simple, clean and local|
|06/21/2015||Bethany Swash||We pledge to support the flourishing North East food industry by continuing to be a responsible employer of local people, and to pass on the traditional skills of cheese-making to our staff and visitors of the Cheese Farm including local community groups.|
|06/21/2015||Keith Bond||Recycle where possible|
|06/21/2015||Wilf Richards||I pledge to support the growth of the local food sector in Durham|
|06/21/2015||Fruitful Durham||Fruitful Durham CIC pledge to benefit our local environment and community by making use of surplus (otherwise wasted) fruit and vegetables growing in County Durham. We turn excess fruit and veg into juices and preserves. We also pledge to plant more fruit trees, offer orchard gardening services, and run fruit courses, workshops and events.|
|06/21/2015||Durham Community Food Writers||We pledge to preserve, celebrate and promote local food culture in County Durham. We write, we cook, we dig, and we share.|
|06/21/2015||Durham Local Food Network||We pledge to be a grassroots local food network for anyone to share information and news about local food in County Durham.|
|06/21/2015||David and Dianne Nichol-Brown||Plant two more types of fruit each year for our RHS students, visitors and B&B guests to enjoy- this year -Quince and stripy fig|
|06/21/2015||Newlands Hall B&B||Buy locally produced food, waste as little food as possible, compost food waste, recycle packaging|
|06/21/2015||sue jackson||produce and sell breads of high standard. Use locally sourced ingredient.|
|06/21/2015||Sarah Pybus Franklin||Buy locally sourced produce|
|06/21/2015||Judith Pressley||Ingleton primary school fully support the policy to have local food. We grow our own produce in school and support local food producers by using their products in school meals and activities in school.|
|06/21/2015||Hazel Coppack (Love Food)||Love Food will continue to encourage the production and use of locally grown, reared or produced food.|
|06/21/2015||Doug Chapman||we pledge to develop a closer working contact with the local food economy|
|06/21/2015||Evenwood Church of England Primary School||We promise to continue to promote a healthy lifestyle for everyone. We will do this by creating an allotment on our school grounds. By Angel|
|06/21/2015||The Bowes Museum||To take part in Taste Durham month|
|06/21/2015||Councillors Lucy Hovvels and Eddie Tomlinson||Durham County Council is already active in the six areas highlighted in the Charter. We will build on our sustainable procurement work to nurture a local economy that enables more people to access any emerging job opportunities.|
|06/21/2015||Dr. Ann Barmby||Expand the ‘Veg Out In Barney’ project in the coming year|
|06/21/2015||Neil Aykley Consulting; Durham||I will continue to work with groups of young people in County Durham to engage them in growing food crops and learning new skills in gardening and horticulture.|
|06/21/2015||Taylor Shaw Durham||We will endeavor to further develop the skills and education of our employees working within County Durham with regard to growing, cooking and serving ‘good food’ in order to support schools, our customers in respect of the ‘good food’ agenda.|
|06/21/2015||Durham Wildlife Trust||To support delivery of the Charter via our projects and initiatives and to promote local food to our members.|
|06/21/2015||Woodcraft For Landscapes LTD||We pledge to grow fruit and vegtables in a natural and sustainable manner. To supply our local village shops and residents with fresh produce.|
|06/21/2015||Stephen Beresford||I pledge to grow more food at home, produce less waste, and compost more.|
|06/21/2015||Sarah James||Buy locally produced food, waste less food, educate others.|
|06/21/2015||Roger Clubley||I pledge to pursue all of the elements of this charter through my work with Sedgefield Farmer’s Market and all involved with it.|
|06/21/2015||Jo Laverick||Durham Community Action pledges to continue with our work to support communities in the County to realise their ambitions for local food projects and community food initiatives. We will source local produce and suppliers for all of our events and activities in the County.|
|06/21/2015||North Pennines AONB Partnership||We pledge to continue to champion the production and use of local food, including the importance of best practice farming to our protected landscapes. We will be developing new local food initiatives beyond the current Lovefood project and will be running food courses from our Bowlees visitor centre in Teesdale.|
|06/21/2015||Rupert Richardson||I pledge to continue to source and promote local food, to grow as much as we can for our B&B business, and to promote the principlesopf the Chasrter to and through the Weardale Visitor Network|
|06/21/2015||paul thompson||to gainfully employ local people, to promote the highest quality local produce at sustainable prices and to help develop a strong local food economy that is accessible to all.|
|06/21/2015||OASES||To work with partners to develop programmes to encourage all schools in County Durham to develop growing areas in their school grounds. Developing skills and understanding of good local food and its impact on the environment and people’s wellbeing.|
|06/21/2015||Bill Oldfield||To source, use and encourage the production and use of local food wherever possible; both personally and in business.|
|06/21/2015||Liz||To find resources to implement the Sustainable Local Food Strategy!|