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Latest news from Food Durham

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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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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