Highland Good Food Conversation
now renamed as
Highland Good Food Partnership
Highland Good Food Conference Report published
Following the success of the Highland Good Food Conversation / Conference, the team have now published a detailed and professional report which combines a summary of the proceedings of the conference over five afternoons earlier in the year with a mapping-out of the way forward to a 'Highland Good Food Movement' to translate the work of the conference into action.
The current steering group will apply to set up a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) to give the movement a formal structure and enable applications for funding. A co-ordinating group, the Highland Good Food Partnership, will be formed to support working groups to take forward the projects set out in the report, together with others as they arise.
A series of themed meetings is planned from 11 - 15 March, grouping the eleven project groups from the conference under three main headings of Strategy, Policy and Communications; Community Education & Resilience; and Local Food Economy. The objective is understood to be to identify the most promising and practicable projects or groups of projects to pursue, and the volunteers willing to commit to taking them forward.
In his final remarks at the end of the report Martin Sherring, chair of the HGF Steering Group, wrote
"This conference was one of the most exciting things I have ever been involved in, and the feedback forms clearly show that the delegates shared my excitement. I am really proud of the work Emma, Rachel, Josie and the rest of the team put into organising it, but the excitement came from the delegates themselves, their shared vision and enthusiasm.
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"We encouraged conference delegates to be ambitious in developing their projects, and we now have to apply the same ambition to make it all happen."
The report is available to view and download as a clearly laid out and very legible PDF file.
Highland Good food Conference ends
The online conference, the second phase of the Highland Good Food Conversation, has now ended, and was judged by those who took part to have been a great success, with over eighty people from all parts of the Highlands signing in throughout the five Monday afternoon sessions of the conference.
Enormous thanks are due to Emma Whitham and her team for recruiting a varied and interesting group of 'provocateurs' to stimulate the discussions, and ensuring that each session ran like clockwork - not to mention the numerous blogs and podcasts they produced during the first phase of the Conversation (see below).
Some of the projects worked on by sub-groups during the conference will now go forward to the third, action, phase of the Conversation. It is hoped that this will result in increased production and consumption of healthy local-grown food throughout the Highlands, assisted by innovative marketing schemes; more growing activity by community groups and schools; and the growth of community composting linked to a reduction in food waste.
Two new blogs have been added since the conference ended
Mid-conference review, by Josie Fraser
2020 was a very difficult year for everyone, but in this episode we chat to Pete Ritchie from Nourish Scotland, about why he is very hopeful for the future of food in Scotland and across the world; both next year and beyond.
New Community Food Resources
After making our 'What's Your Food Story' podcast episode, we have pulled together lots of community food resources on our website. How to start a community fridge, what local community food groups are there? And lots more!
11. Good Food Conference highlights
10. How can food policy change in 2021?
9. Can we have successful vegetable-growing enterprises in the Highlands?
8. Can a thriving aquaculture sector support healthy communities?
7. What Does It Take To Be A New Entrant Farmer in 2020?
6. Highland retailers in a changing food system
5. Is local Dairy possible in the Highlands?
4. What's your food story?
3. Taking control of our bread
2. Is regenerative farming the future?
1. The role of community food
Blog articles (all) on HGFC website
15. Conference Finale and looking forward
14. Mid-conference review, by Josie Fraser
13. Should every farm operate on a circular economy?
12. Scottish seaweed - a sustainable superfood
11. Local Farms In Good Hands
10. Online Markets
9. Climavore: On Tidal Zones
8. The Ethical Dairy
7. Our Changing Attitude to Food Growing
6. What's your Food Story?
5. Flour to the People
4. Ancient Futures for Highland Hills: Reinventing the Shielings
3. How Did The Highland Good Food Conversation Start?
2. A Community Food Perspective: The Rise Of The Community Fridge
1. How Can we Make Local Food Mainstream?
How do we get more local, sustainable food on local dinner plates?
This is the question the Highland Good Food Conversation plans to explore, and then inspire the necessary action. You are invited to join the conversation and be part of the movement. Over the last few months we have all witnessed how precarious our food system is, and how during this crisis, it was our local food producers and retailers who passionately rose to the challenge of getting food to us all. Because of this, there is now a lot of momentum and energy in the local food sector, and many are keen to see a food system that is better for the planet, better for people and better for producers.
To build on this enthusiasm and awareness The Pebble Trust and Transition Black Isle have jointly funded the Highland Good Food Conversation. This initiative aims to bring people together from across the Highlands who are interested in sustainable local food; to develop a vision for the Highlands and identify key actions to take forward. The main purpose of the Conversation is to inspire people and facilitate real action to change our food system for the better.
Conversation launch August 2020
- Thursday 22 April
- 19:30 TBI Admin (Directors) meeting, 7.30 online
- 19:30 Skye Climate Action election 2021 hustings
- Saturday 24 April
- 20:00 Resolis Community Arts - Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas
- Monday 26 April
- 14:15 Nobel Prize Summit - 'Our Planet, Our Future'
- NA 'Carbon Conversations' workshops - Lairg & District Learning Centre
- Tuesday 27 April
- 18:00 Nobel Prize Summit - 'Our Planet, Our Future'
- Wednesday 28 April
- NA Nobel Prize Summit - 'Our Planet, Our Future'
- Friday 30 April
- NA IMFLDP Consultation closes 5.00
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