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Conference-Local Towns, Local Food Conference - Strengthening Local Economies 24.05.12

The event will examine the role and revival of towns as local food centres and how creating a strong local food web (the connections between people who produce sell and buy locally-sourced food in a local area food) can: 20th June, Leeds. Organised by Sustain and the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

- boost the local economy

- improve access to high quality fresh produce

- foster local distinctiveness

- bring communities together

This conference will explore how local food activists, sector professionals, local councillors and officers (at all levels: parish, town, district, borough, city, and county) and the people involved in local food initiatives can work together to promote and enhance their local food webs.

WHO: Chaired by: Kath Dalmeny, Sustain

PLENARY SESSION: Local Food Webs Past, Present and Future


Graeme Willis, Campaign to Protect Rural England

Leon Ballin, Sheffield Food Network

Fran Robinson, Local to Ledbury

WORKSHOP THEMES: Participants can select two from the following three options:

1. How a joined up approach to local food can support the local economy and community in your town - Pete Hawkins, Taste Tideswell, Tish Dockerty, Local to Ludlow, Jennifer Smith, Making Local Food Work Programme Manager. Chaired by Helen Seymour, Headingley Farmers’ Market & The Natural Food Store

2. How partnership working can build stronger local food networks - Peter Norton, Herefordshire Food Partnership, Frances Northrop, Transition in Action Manager, Transition Town Totnes

3. How mapping your local food network can identify the key challenges and opportunities for local food where you live - Ben Messer, Food Matters, Brighton

To register go to the following website:


Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 10:30


Shine Conference Centre
Harehills Road
Leeds LS8 5HS
United Kingdom

Peter Shield

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