Directory of Local Food Outlets
Buying locally grown produce is a good way to reduce food miles and reduce your own and the farmer's fossil fuel consumption as well as supporting the local economy. If you are not sure what is your nearest local source, try our Local Food Outlets page
Minimising food waste
We are now part of the Cambridge Sustainable Food Alliance which is active in this area with support from association the Love Food Hate Waste campaign. Here is a page with tips on shopping, storing and cooking food to reduce waste. On food preservation, this year there have been several jam and chutney making sessions - you may have bought some of the product at the Food Garden and Produce fair in September.
This scheme enables more people to grow their own food even though allotments are limited. The idea is that people who have spare space in their gardens will share it with others who have enthusiasm but do not have gardens of their own.
Garden share details here
Grow Your Own Vegetables Course
This year's course will be run in association with Cambridge Carbon Footprint.
Further details here
This is a campaign to increase the number of allotments available to city residents, because all sites are full and waiting lists are getting longer and longer. We are currently waiting to see what the effect will be of the council motion passed in December 2008, and preparing to re-assess demand a year after our first City-wide survey.
This is an annual event in January where you can swap seed collected from
your own harvest or exchange seed from commercial seed merchants that are
surplus to your requirements. You can also buy heritage seed varieties or
make donation to Heritage Seed Library for seeds they promote. It is
organised by Trumpington Allotment Society with support from Transition
Cambridge - More here.
This is a community based project which makes it easy to get started growing more fruit and veg in your own garden. The idea is very simple – you get together with friends and neighbours in teams and use a set of Grow Zones resources to plan the changes you want to make. Then the team visits each garden one at a time to turn those plans into reality. It’s a great way to get you started and to make new friends... like Ground Force - but more fun.
There is information about the local group here or visit: www.earthabbey.com to view a short video on how Grow Zones has been working in Bristol. Or download the leaflet
Groups of gardeners get together to support a local charity by donating their surplus produce. This helps avoid waste food, reduces food miles and benefits your charity more effectively than through a cash donation. For more information visit http://www.foodsharenetwork.org
There is a google map of free fruit in Cambridge showing where there are trees and shrubs with edible fruit on public land. We started it off with places that we were told about at the Food, Garden and Produce show in September. If you know of any more places please to put them on. Everyone can edit the map so it is up to you.