Community dinners and live crowdfunding raise £1500 for good causes

Community dinners and live crowdfunding raise £1500 for good causes

The first ever Bridport Soup live crowdfunder attracted an amazing 75 enthusiastic diners and was won by Community Youth Project (CYP). They walked away with £650 to boost their campaign to raise awareness of the Trick Factory’s need to relocate and their search for a new site. They recently held their own fundraiser on the Arts Centre forecourt and raised a further £380. Joe Hewetsen from CYP had this to say: “The real victory was creating a feeling of optimism and it is what we do with this momentum now that will be important as one event won’t bring back the Trick Factory.” At the Soup, CYP linked up with fellow pitchers Kitchen Collective who kept skaters nourished and hydrated throughout the day. To support CYP, find out more here.

Another group of pitchers at the Soup were Team Calais, Bridport’s Refugee Solidarity group. They went on to host their own fundraising dinner, serving a typical Jungle meal to 70 diners who came along to hear Sushila Dhall from Refugee Resource speak about the plight of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK today. They raised a whopping £915 which will directly support destitute people in crisis this winter.

Both the Soup and Team Calais’ meals were generously sponsored by local businesses donating ingredients and we would like to thank Fruits of the Earth, Bridgets Market, Nina’s, Ourganics, Leakers Bakery, the Co-op and Morrisons for supporting these amazing community events.

If you’d like to get involved in the next Soup planned for 19th January, get in touch with lindahull.work@gmail.com

Shift 10% or Spend a Tenner Locally!

Shift 10% or Spend a Tenner Locally!

Long time readers of this newsletter will be familiar with the rallying call to Spend A Tenner Locally on locally and sustainably produced food, independently retailed.

Well, now it’s official! Our research for How Can Bridport Feed Itself? has revealed that the 9,180 households in Bridport spend half a million pounds of week on food and drink (not including takeaway and ‘going out’ figures).

£23.5 million or 71% of this annual food and drink spend is spent in large supermarket chains and leaves the area immediately. However, every £10 we spend locally is actually worth £17.60 to the local economy because money is re-spent locally and retained much longer.

If all 9000+ households in town shifted just 10% of the weekly food shop to independent retail outlets we could inject a huge £2.6 million a year boost to our local economy.

Put another way: based on our data, if 10% (£2.6m) of the spend that currently goes to the supermarkets (£25.9m) was spent at local independent food retailers, using the local multiplier of 2.5, it also means that £6.25 million would be re-spent into the local economy. And this could translate into 54 jobs…

Pound for pound, local shops support nearly three times the number of jobs as supermarkets. That is one job for every £46,000 of annual turnover compared to one job for every £144,000 at supermarkets.

So if you are a fan of apples and pears, put your money where your mouth is this week and get down to Bridgets Market who have told us: “We now have an excellent array of Elwell Farm apples and pears in stock, 11 different varieties with more to follow, all priced the same so customers can mix and match as they wish.”

A great way to spend a tenner locally!

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How Can Bridport Feed Itself?

How Can Bridport Feed Itself?

Food Future Bridport - Towards a sustainable food future in BridportThe foodfuture Bridport network goes from strength to strength as a new group of local food stakeholders act on the People’s Wishlist for the future of food and start to crowdsource an answer to the question: How Can Bridport Feed Itself?

A workshop of the same name took place in September highlighting some key facts about Bridport’s local food economy and taking a deeper look at the economics of food in our town.

The How Can Bridport Feed Itself? (HCBFI) research sets out to quantify the current value of our local food and drink economy, identifying the number and types of jobs in food, weighing up the economic benefit to the town if our food system was even more local. This approach is bottom–up and people-centred, and intended to complement established Economic Development plans.

Key findings uncovered by How Can Bridport Feed Itself? research so far:

The Bridport area’s local food and drink economy has around 300 businesses, employs 2,000 people and is worth £99.2m per year.

27% of employed people in the Bridport area work in the food and drink sector. This is twice the national average of 13% for England and Wales, and significantly more than the 17% average for West Dorset.

81% of food & drink businesses in Bridport are micros with fewer than nine employees.

Annual food spend in Bridport and surrounds breaks downs like this:

£32 million – the annual expenditure on food and drink by Bridport’s 9,120 households (home consumption, not including spend in restaurants/bars/takeaways).

£23.5 million or 71% of the £32.9m food and drink spend of each household is spent in large supermarket chains.

Up to 24% or £7.9m is spent in independents.

5% is spent online.

A key outcome of the event was the following Vision Statement:

“We want a joined up local food economy that produces more fruit & vegetables; supports local livelihoods and increases community wellbeing; promotes greater access to healthy, seasonal food for everyone; encourages and supports new farmers and food enterprises; and in ways that protect and regenerate the natural environment.”

You can request the How Can Bridport Feed Itself initial event report and take part in a follow up meeting planned for Wednesday 7th December where we will ask food projects to come forward and pitch their ideas to garner wider support.To book your place find out more contact candida.blaker@dorsetcommunityaction.org.uk

More Farmers, Better Food: A framework for British Agricultural Policy

More Farmers, Better Food: A framework for British Agricultural Policy

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Farmers’ groups across the board have been critical of the lack of planning from government and ongoing uncertainty which have followed the vote to Leave; the NFU, Tenant Farmers Association and a coalition of environment, public health and anti-poverty groups have all shared their visions for future policy since the vote, but ministers are still unclear on what post-Brexit agricultural support will look like, what the future will be for agri-environment schemes and what its policy priorities will be as the UK negotiates its withdrawal.

“The UK’s small-scale, ecological and family farms are at the heart of our rural culture and communities; they create employment, protect cherished landscapes and provide a huge amount of the food we eat. However, in the past, the UK’s farming strategies have undermined domestic production of healthy, affordable food and left many small farms unfairly disadvantaged in the market place,” say the Landowrkers Alliance.

The LWA is calling for a British Agricultural Policy which embodies the following principles:

  1. Focus on National Food Security
  2. Direct public money to affordable food and good farming
  3. End the discrimination against small farms
  4. Create and maintain decent jobs in farming
  5. Improve environmental and welfare standards
  6. Invest in farmer-led research for resilient solutions
  7. Build markets that work for farmers
  8. Democratize agricultural policy making

Read the full text of the LWA vision here

Bridport Food Map goes digital!

Bridport Food Map goes digital!

foodfuture Bridport publishes a brand new digital map viewable on iPhones and tablets making finding local food even easier in our town. The gorgeous design work by Delphine Jones for the hard copy map has been expertly used to brand the foodfuture website in the same way by Surya Osborne of Just SO Media House. Businesses are featured free of charge in the first year with a modest annual fee going forward from October 2017 to cover web-hosting and updating costs. Please spread the news!