What can I do?

Welcome to the links page

If you want to find out how to change your own food habits to be more earth-friendly this is the page to be. Here we have collected the links to many websites, which can help you transition. Do you want to find out how to preserve that food you just can't eat? Or want to shop more locally? Explore below to find out how.

If you know of any websites of your own you would like to share please email Nicola.

Local Food

Cooking

  • See eat the seasons for advice on what foods are in season now, to help you plan your shopping and meals.

Reducing waste food

Useful links for growing your own:

  • Garden Organic is a good source of advice on organic gardening including herbs, veg and fruit.
  • The Royal Horticultural Society also has advice, a blog and discussion forum.
  • Free Compost made from green bin collections by Amey.
    • Or make your own bin as well from old wooden palettes. (One of us got free materials from a builders merchant which is a great way to recycle packaging.)
  • Many plants prefer rainwater to tap water (especially in our hard water area). If you don't have water butt already, you might like to consider repurposing a small black wheelie bin. As of July 31st, "21 small 120L bins are available. The fronts are painted white so they can be recognised as no longer in use for domestic collection. Offer applies only to Cambridge City residents and while stocks last." Contact
  • Real Seeds is an excellent source of good vegetable seed varieties - no hybrids.
  • Seedy Sunday
    • This is an annual event in January where you can swap seed collected from your own harvest or exchange seed from commercial seed merchants. 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.
  • Get an allotment!
    • There is also 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.
  • Delfland Nurseries Limited sell organic vegetable plants, and can send them out by post (mail order catalog here; they are relatively local (based in March). Plug plants start from 7p each, and allotment groups can purchase plants by the tray at reduced prices.
  • Set your mind at ease about lead contamination here.

Store and preserve food you have grown

Food Sustainability and Climate Change

6 actions you can take right now to improve your food habits!

  • Reduce food waste
    • Eat foods that are in season - when they are at their best
    • Store left overs to eat later (freezing is helpful)
  • Buy locally produced food products
    • Here is a directory from Cambridge Sustainable Food
    • or buy British when you can
  • Avoid over processed and packaged food which wastes energy
    • For more information go to this page.
    • An easy way to start is to stop buying bottled water!
  • Change your diet to consume less energy intensive meat and dairy foods
    • Find out morehere
      • Spoiler: red meat is a big polluter AND unhealthy in excess!

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