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Latest news from Food Durham

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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What treasures are in your garden?

This year, Durham County Council is running a Garden Treasures competition for residents to share the outdoor spaces they have created during lockdown and celebrate how gardening is helping people cope during this challenging time. Our gardens can also improve our...

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Love your seasonal veg

You may remember VegPower from the #EatThemToDefeatThem in schools, encouraging children to tackle more veg. This summer we can all get involved in the campaign to promote seasonal vegetables. There is a glut of fresh UK grown veg and eating seasonal veg is delicious...

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Increasing Uptake of Healthy Start Vouchers

Women who are pregnant or have a child under the age of four could be eligible for Healthy Start Vouchers to help buy some basic foods including vegetables. This important scheme provides the vouchers to spend with local retailers. Pregnant women and children over one...

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Markets Reopen

Responding to the Government announcement that open air markets could reopen, the management committee of Barnard Castle Farmers’ Market decided to reopen on Saturday 6 June 2020. Durham County Council’s nine regular outdoor markets will also restart across the County...

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Free School Meals during lockdown

Many of you will have heard about the Government’s vouchers scheme to ensure families that qualify for free school meals continue to have access to good healthy food whilst schools across the county have been closed. The voucher scheme wasn’t without its problems but...

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Winter Food Durham Newsletter published

Following the retirement of Food Manager Dr Liz Charles earlier this year, we've reviewed how we communicate with everyone interested in the food system across County Durham.  Liz used to send regular snippets to people on her mailing list and the Growing Durham team...

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DASH Edible car park

There’s a new community garden in town - Growing Durham’s Edible Gilesgate project worked alongside Durham Action on Single Homelessness to create an edible garden in their carpark. The initial aim was to cheer up the area with a few planters and we commissioned The...

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For Peat’s Sake!

Join Garden Organic's campaign to reduce the use of peat-based compost and download our handy guide to making leaf compost. Those of you who follow us on Twitter (look for @Food_Durham) might have noticed a few posts relating to use of peat in garden compost.  Unless...

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It’s not the cow, it’s the how

Over recent months the media have been full of stories about meat consumption and climate change. The number of people who are choosing a vegetarian or vegan diet has been increasing, but the debate can be quite polarising leaving livestock farmers (like those in...

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New look newsletter

The Food Durham newsletter is designed to give you a flavour of the breadth of work taking place across the partnership, all of which aims to support the development of a better food system for County Durham. This year we aim to engage as many organisations and...

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Don’t waste your pumpkins this year!

Carved your pumpkins for Halloween?  Make sure you don’t waste the cut out bits and even the pumpkin seeds: they are all good food! If you’re really savvy you could pick up some really cheap ones after the event and make the most of cheap food. As part of the...

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Growing Salads through the autumn and winter

You may have spotted talk about shortages of fresh salad leaves this autumn and winter and if you want to to make sure you can continue to feed your salad habit now is the time to start sowing them.  Most of them with benefit from a bit of protection in a greenhouse...

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Vegetable seed give-away: Growing Notes

As you may have spotted the VegPower campaign, which is drew to a close just before Easter 2019, had 10 vegetables of the week and families across the county have been eating them to defeat them for weeks.  Following a brilliant idea by Richard from the Leadgate...

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Annual Gathering success

About sixty people came to the Food Durham Annual Gathering at Collingwood College in Durham in mid March 2019 to hear about the progress of the County Durham Food Partnership over the past few years. Food Partnership Manager Dr Liz Charles described the journey of...

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Sweetcorn defeated!

As part of the VegPowerUK campaign #EatThemToDefeatThem pupils at Our Lady and St Joseph's Brooms Catholic Primary School in Leadgate have been getting creative with the veg of the week as well as eating them. The children are really enjoying the campaign and  are...

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