Feeding Manchester #14

 

FeedingManchester #14:

Creating a Sustainable Food City

9th November, 2013

 

Help us finish the work we started at Feeding Manchester #13 in creating a strategy for transforming Greater Manchester into a Sustainable Food City.

 

In the summer of 2010 we collectively developed a response to Manchester’s climate change strategy called Visioning Manchester's Sustainable Food Sector in 2020’. Twenty inspiring food advocates: from businesses like Unicorn Grocery to Glebelands City Growers to charitable organisations like Hulme Community Garden Centre came together to vision a healthy, fair & sustainable food system for our city.

 

Three years on, we want to look both at the progress being made, but also to create a meaningful and detailed action plan for the whole of Greater Manchester.

 

This summer at Feeding Manchester #13 over 50 individuals from over 30 organisations got together to vision Greater Manchester as a sustainable food city. Representatives from the third-sector, co-operatives, independent businesses, activist groups, social entrepreneurs and  the public sector gathered for a day-long event of discussions, workshops and presentations.

 

Most of the day was spent in three groups: growers, distribution/retailers and an awareness-raising/education/policy group.  By utilising the vast wealth and range of experience and expertise of these pioneers we focused on three questions:

 

a) What does Greater Manchester as a sustainable food city look like?

b) How do we work together to make this a reality?

c) What do we ask others to do? E.g. What should local authorities do to support our work?

 

We began by visioning what we’d like Greater Manchester to look like in 10 years. We then used this exercise to carry out a SWOT analysis where we identified the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats to our sector. The day ended as we worked to develop commitments and prioritise them. This proved to be challenging, but it is obvious that a shared vision and good communication and co-operation is essential for the sector to be successful.

 

Feeding Manchester #14 will be building on the visioning exercise of Feeding Manchester #13 to develop a practical action plan for Greater Manchester’s Sustainable Food Sector.

 

On 9th November, we will be holding Feeding Manchester #14. The day will include an overview of the visioning exercise completed at Feeding Manchester #13. The main focus will be building on the visioning exercise of Feeding Manchester #13 to develop a practical action plan for Greater Manchester’s Sustainable Food Sector.

 

The day will be interspersed with opportunities for networking and 5-minute speed presentation from groups from across the sector. We hope you’ll join us and contribute your knowledge and vision to the discussion.

 

Please book as soon as possible and before 1st November so that we can prepare for the day.

We ask for contributions towards these events, which are self-funded. They are:

£15 for individuals/community groups.

£60 for public sector organisations.

We are offering early-bird rates for those who book before 20th October. They are:

£10 for individuals/community groups.

£50 for public sector organisations.

If you have any difficulties registering online please contact nona@feedingmanchester.org.uk for more info or to book your place. While we ask for contributions to fund this event we do not want individuals to be excluded because of inability to pay. If you find the cost prohibitive please contact Nona and we will try to accomodate you.

 

Register now by following this link.