News Round-up

Further news and events across the real food and farming community. Please send us anything you’d like to share for the next newsletter in a few weeks’ time. 

Open Food Network (OFN) is offering two webinars a week for any food enterprises doing home delivery or running pick up points which focus on how to manage during COVID-19. More details see their webpage here.  You can see their past webinars here. 

Agricology have moved all their field days online here.  The next one is an online agricultural show (surely a world first?!) with everything you’d expect from a normal agriculture show, from livestock classes to rural craft demonstrations and farming lectures.  This takes place on May 2nd — you can find out more here. You can sign up to Agricology’s regular newsletters here.

The Sustainable Food Trust (SFT) have collated all their information about COVID-19 on this page on their website.  If you want to sign up for their fortnightly newsletter, do so here.

With three weeks still to go, the Ecological Land Cooperative has already exceeded their £400,000 target for their  community share offer, which is an incredible effort.  Well done!  There are still shares available — further investments means more farms for new entrants wanting to get onto land. If you want to find out more, please watch their film which gives further insight into how the Ecological Land Cooperative works. 

The Soil Association are hosting a talk with Denise Walton of Peelham Farm (who wrote a blog for us earlier in the month) and Reuben Chesters from Locavore in Glasgow on the 7th May, called Sell Direct: Adapting Your Farm Business During the Pandemic.  Denise has an onsite butchery and sells organic meat online, and Reuben runs an organic supermarket, a veg box scheme, market garden and provides wholesale organic groceries to other UK shops through Locavore Trading. They have also launched an online shop as a response to the crisis.  This talk is free and open to all. Book online here.

The Landworkers Alliance (LWA) is still running their solidarity pot which you can contribute to here. They are also asking all new entrant farmers and growers with developing businesses to fill in the following survey here. This will help them in their discussions with grantmakers and funders. If you’d like to sign up for their regular newsletters, please do so here.

Pasture Fed Livestock Association (PFLA) are working towards a regional approach which would see regional groups working amongst themselves to further the aims of the organisation and its members. If you’re interested to find out more, please get in touch with jimmy@pfla.org.uk. If you’d like to sign up for their newsletter, you can do so here.