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Latest news from Food Durham

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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Taking the heat out of Horden

Durham Community Action and the DCC Low Carbon Team will be working together over the summer to explore whether there is a way in which the warm water that is being pumped out of the former coal mines in Horden in East Durham can be used to support food production.   ...

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Food Durham nominated for Peas Please Prize!

Food Durham was delighted to find out that our VegCities campaign during the pandemic was shortlisted for one of the Peas Please Prizes 2021.  The nomination in the VegCities category was a recognition of the hard work of our partners like the Auckland project and the...

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Defeat those veg!

The 2021 Eat Them To Defeat Them campaign has got underway in primary schools across County Durham encouraging kids to have fun with vegetables and defeat the veg foes by gobbling them up.  The six-week campaign started with tomatoes last week and this week the veg...

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A Climate-Friendly Diet

The next meeting of Food Durham's Community Good Food Network will start to explore what it might mean to move to a more climate-friendly diet.  The issue of what we eat is a pretty emotive one: we're asked to eat a plant-based diet, or that we eat less but better...

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Massive boost to Fun and Food Programme

Durham County Council’s Fun & Food programme of Holiday Activities with Healthy Food will receive over £3.3m of DfE funding to support activities that support families during the school holidays and help meet the need for additional food during these...

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Growing Healthy!

Following on from development work supported by Growing Durham at the community allotment in Willington, the County Durham 0-25 Growing Healthy Youth Practitioner Team of the Harrogate and District NHS Trust are developing more allotment projects across the county to...

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Return of the Food Festivals

We’re delighted to see the return of County Durham’s two Food Festivals (subject to coronavirus restrictions), with Seaham Food Festival taking place on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 August followed by Bishop Auckland Food Festival in October, (dates tbc).  Food festivals...

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Ox Close Farm Launches Direct Milk sales

Early in lockdown 2020, local dairy farmer Andrew Brass got in touch to find out more about selling milk direct to the public via vending machines.   With a bit of encouragement from us, and a lot of hard work from Andrew, County Durham’s first on-farm milk vending...

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Community Good Food Network launched

Community Food projects in the county have been coming together in the Food Durham Community Good Food Network to share experiences and to explore what ‘good food’ means in County Durham.  The sessions include speakers from local and national initiatives, made...

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Emergency food at Christmas

For all of us Christmas this year promises to be rather different than Christmases past and many people will be struggling to put food on the table. We find this year that the poorest communities have been hardest hit by the pandemic. To help people find emergency...

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A lockdown Halloween

There is a good chance that Halloween 2020 will be a bit different from other years thanks to 'you-know-what'.  That doesn't mean that you can't have fun or that the issues around Halloween and what happens to all those pumpkins have gone away. Although more people...

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