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.

Elaborating Food Ladders

In this post I provide an elaboration of the Food Ladders framework. This elaboration provides greater detail in terms of how to identify activity and where it sits on the the ladders. There are three ladders in the Food Ladders approach: 1. Food access and nutritional value, 2. Social, and 3. Economic.

House of Bread and Cafe 43: Making the invisible, visible.

I am currently doing some work around loneliness and isolation and how food projects are supporting people. This work is in collaboration with Lucy Antol (Feedback, Alechemic Kitchen, @Grabyourspoon), FareShare and the British Red Cross.  Lucy recently visited House of Bread in Stafford. Learn more about House of Bread here. Continue reading

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

What is Food Justice to you?

In 2014, just a few months after I returned to the U.K. from Hong Kong I wrote the following:

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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