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Space to Connect grant to boost Ambleside’s community spaces

CAfS has been awarded a £7,300 grant from a partnership between Co-op’s charity, the Co-op Foundation, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. We'll use the ‘Space to Connect’ funding to support Ambleside Action for a Future’s Incredible Edible Group to develop community conversations about how green spaces are used in their area. The grant will also help to develop the group’s skills and capacity to deliver sustainable use of green spaces in the future. It is one of 57 organisations across England to receive a grant from the £1.6 million partnership, designed to help communities tackle [...]

By |2019-11-01T16:02:06+00:00October 30th, 2019|Food, News|Comments Off on Space to Connect grant to boost Ambleside’s community spaces

Food businesses tuck into advice on changing diets

Cafes, restaurants and caterers tucked into expert advice and experience to help them prepare for the trend towards diets with less meat and dairy, at our sustainable food event in September, co-hosted with Eco-innovation Cumbria. A wide range of food businesses gathered at the National Trust's Sticklebarn Tavern in Langdale on Monday 23 September to hear how they could cater for changing food trends and make their businesses more sustainable in other ways, too - from reducing food waste to using renewable energy. We heard from carbon expert Mike Berners-Lee from Small World Consulting about the need to become [...]

By |2019-09-29T11:12:48+00:00September 29th, 2019|Food, News|Comments Off on Food businesses tuck into advice on changing diets

Food-growing plans for Alston Moor take root after drop-ins

A community orchard and a community farm have emerged as the tastiest options for food growing on Alston Moor, after residents shared their views at drop-ins organized by CAfS in April. The two sessions at Alston Town Hall attracted a constant flow of people who are keen to see opportunities for community food growing. The consultation was part of the Alston Moor Greenprint, run by CAfS and funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. “The consensus is that there’s real enthusiasm to get community growing projects up and running, as opposed to private allotments,” said Roe Baker, Greenprint manager. [...]

By |2019-05-30T15:01:32+00:00April 26th, 2019|Alston Moor Greenprint, Food|Comments Off on Food-growing plans for Alston Moor take root after drop-ins

On the road again for food study team

There are lots of different ways to grow food as a community, and some of them are being explored as part of the Alston Moor Greenprint, with a view to setting up community-led food growing in the area. Lynn Barnes from Vista Veg, who's leading on the research, has been out visiting interesting sites around the region, along with enthusiastic volunteers from the Alston area. The group headed to the south of Cumbria for their second day of visits, on 20 March 2019. Roe Baker, the Alston Moor Greenprint manager, tells us more... "Our first stop was at Growing [...]

By |2019-04-11T14:34:50+00:00April 11th, 2019|Alston Moor Greenprint, Food, News|Comments Off on On the road again for food study team

Alston Moor food group takes to the road

The team behind the feasibility study into community-led food growing on Alston Moor has been out on the road looking at some inspiring community food-growing sites and potential management models we could replicate. The Alston Moor Greenprint manager, Roe Baker from CAfS, tells us more... "A group of us visited Gibside Community Farm, Burnopfield, near Gateshead on 8 March, to look at a community-supported agriculture scheme on National Trust land. At the community farm, everyone who works takes a share of the crops produced. For just £52 a year or £1 a week you can take home a fresh [...]

By |2019-04-05T15:08:49+00:00April 5th, 2019|Alston Moor Greenprint, Food, News|Comments Off on Alston Moor food group takes to the road

Try Cockermouth’s new plastic-free market

Shop from a wide selection of plastic-free products, household and kitchen goods, cleaning products, skincare and clothing at the plastic-free market in Cockermouth. The Sustainable Pop-Up is on the second and fourth Saturdays, from 9.30am to 12.15pm in The Hub in Market Place. Goodness and Grain offers store cupboard goods sold by weight (bring your own containers). Enyo offers a range of environmentally friendly cleaning solutions. Rose and Hawthorne sell organic and Fairtrade baby and children’s clothing as well as their own range of clothing and sanitary and household items. Zora-Lou Organics sell handmade organic and vegan skincare using [...]

By |2019-03-28T18:20:40+00:00March 28th, 2019|Food, News, Plastic-free|Comments Off on Try Cockermouth’s new plastic-free market