‘‘an invitation to residents, producers and farmers to explore the business of working together to source local food’
Food Smiles Steering Group meeting
The first meeting of the newly formed Food Smiles Steering Group is to take place on Tuesday 29th October at 7pm. If you are interested in coming along please contact the group at: foodsmiles.info @ gmail. com
The Food Smiles: Local Food for St Albans event in September 2013 brought people together to discuss whether there is enough interest locally to develop a community-led food supply scheme.
It was a great success. Around 60 people attended, including keen residents, councillors, local businesses, farmers and food producers all bringing energy and enthusiasm to the concept of redesigning a more sustainable, community-orientated and healthy approach to obtaining our food.
FOOD SMILES MAILING LIST
To join the mailing list to find out about future events, and to contribute knowledge, skills or time: Please email foodsmiles.info @ gmail.com
We were inspired by other projects and learned that the most crucial element to the success of a local scheme is not the land but the people. This includes committed members who want to establish the project from the ground up, and others who can put in smaller amounts of time or specific skills in the projects development (i.e. from digging to financial business planning).
As a result of the event we now have a list of over 30 people who would like to be involved in some shape or form. This is a fantastic start. A first meeting date will be set for October/November.
The event is to inspire, discuss and explore options for a project unique to St Albans. The afternoon will bring farmers, producers and residents together to discuss and share ideas for a project which brings the food supply closer to the consumers.
There will be the opportunity at the end of the meeting to get involved in a steering group to take the project further.
For more information look on the Soil Association website where they have ‘What is a CSA’ page. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and there are many different kinds of projects.
Also see ‘Examples around the UK‘ to read about different kinds of ‘short supply chain’ food projects that have been set up around the UK.