How some food businesses in Sheffield coped and adapted during the March-May COVID lockdown

In the spring and summer of 2020 I interviewed some of Sheffield’s local food businesses to see how they coped in lockdown. What I found was agility and inventiveness and collaboration, but also care for the food that is provided, for the people who eat that food, and for the local place. What is clear from these interviews, when taken together, is that in emergency situations we need a local supply chain with people working in the food sector that are embedded in the community if we are going to strengthen and build resilience.

In this post I share the video interviews with Our Cow Molly, a local dairy producer, Food Works a social enterprise that works with surplus food, and Regather Coop.

Interview with Ed at Our Cow Molly

You can find all three video interviews on the University of Sheffield Institute for Sustainable Food here.

Rhubarb Farm: Therapeutic Horticulture and the repair of talking to others.

I have been doing some case study work to see how surplus food is being used by community organisations.  One of these is Rhubarb farm.  Let me introduce you to them. Continue reading

Increasing Diet Diversity in Low-Income Communities: Some issues and some solutions.

I recently wrote a piece for an online journal called Impakter making the argument that we need to do more than just admonish people to change their diets and that for those in low-income communities this change can be particularly difficult.  This is the text, which initially appeared on ImpakterContinue reading

Fresh Street highlighted in The Mint Magazine

Since 2018 I have been working with colleagues at the University of Sheffield on a research project, Fresh Street, that offers £5 weekly vouchers to families that they can use to buy fruits and vegetables from small local shops or via a veg bag delivery scheme.  I talked about this work recently in an article in The Mint Magazine.  They have made the article publically available.  This is what they have to say about the project. Continue reading