Austerity & The Potato Movement / Backyard Harvest Festival

Monday, August 7th, 2017 at 10:00 am

» Full newsletter here Austerity & The Potato Movement Put yourself in Greek shoes for a moment – if you were sitting at a café table sipping coffee with five good friends, up to three of you would be unemployed, meanwhile the remaining three would have had your wages cut by a third and taxes increased. […]

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Guy Watson is at one with vegetables / New Reservoir Food Host

Monday, July 31st, 2017 at 9:44 am

Guy Watson is at one with vegetables He’s been BBC’s farmer of the year, his veggie box scheme won Ethical Product of the Decade as well as just about every other organic retail and farming award going.  As a speaker and leader he’s much in demand, but I get the feeling as we bomb down the […]

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The Incredibles / Come down to the farm

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 at 6:42 pm

Almost as soon as I landed in the UK, I began seeing evidence of their handiwork.  Around Lambeth in South London I ran into a community orchard, a community greenhouse, raised veggie beds at bus stops.  Later in two towns in Devon I see rows of edible beds holding pride of place in parks, roadsides and outside […]

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The unicorn that’s also a bumblebee / New Food Hosts

Monday, July 17th, 2017 at 9:04 am

The unicorn that’s also a bumblebee I’m fascinated by organisations that shouldn’t work, the ones like bumble bees that have no business flying but somehow do. Unicorn Grocery’s two story supermarket building dominates South Manchester’s Chorlton shopping strip. With a product range built on fresh produce, bulk dry goods and a few refrigerated items by all rights it really […]

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Gardening with lactobacillus

Saturday, July 15th, 2017 at 5:22 pm

Gardening with lactobacillus Fermentation is a most human activity; with our powers of observation, our need to preserve seasonal abundances and willingness to eat just about anything it’s something we’re made to do. Farming with bacteria, we’ve discovered over the years, is all about making conditions perfect for our chosen microbe to thrive over all others, not unlike […]

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Veggie Pickers Week / July at Joe’s

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 at 10:38 am

 Oooooh it’s cold.  Saturday’s frosty kale pic above from Joe’s Market Garden makes me think of all the people who harvest our vegetables at this time of year.  Harvesting fruit is different; before the cold hits all our apples, pears and kiwi that will get us through to stone fruit season have been picked and safely stored away.  Many veggies however, […]

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The reward of inconvenience / Plastic Free July

Monday, July 10th, 2017 at 10:30 am

This week I had the privilege, the pleasure of spending time with the people of Voedselteams in Belgium.  Translated as Food Teams, there are close to 200 teams across Belgium’ s 5 regions, each being served by local farmers, bakers & wine makers. Voedselteams also draw on Fair Trade groceries from Oxfam and some of the farmers use their networks to […]

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The reward of inconvenience / Plastic Free July

Monday, July 10th, 2017 at 9:28 am

The reward of inconvenience This week I had the privilege, the pleasure of spending time with the people of Voedselteams in Belgium.  Translated as Food Teams, there are close to 200 teams across Belgium’ s 5 regions, each being served by local farmers, bakers & wine makers. Voedselteams also draw on Fair Trade groceries from Oxfam and some of the farmers […]

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Our Seventh Birthday!

Saturday, July 8th, 2017 at 4:58 pm

Number Seven This month is our 7th birthday, the same number as Mad Jack’s mule on The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, which though at times light-hearted the show had a deeper mission of helping help people understand and care for their environment. And so it is with Fair Food.  Beneath the playful messing around we have our […]

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Spiced pears in wine / Ultimate Mondays & Fridays

Saturday, July 1st, 2017 at 12:30 pm

We’ve been doing next day/5 day deliveries for almost two months.  It’s completely changed everything (well a lot of things). When you have a schedule/lifestyle that could be generously described as agile or fluid being able to order for the next day of the week rather than a weekly cutoff is similar to gaining freedom from tyranny (ok […]

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