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How Can Bridport Feed Itself? Meet your local producers and suppliers
Sat 8 April 2017, 18:00 – 22:00 BST
The evening will be a celebration of our local food producers and see the launch of the How Can Bridport Feed Itself? report. Building on previous local food initiatives and several years of campaigning and awareness raising under the banner of Food Future Bridport, this new research puts some headline figures on the current value of Bridport's local food economy and the potential to make it even more local, thus further supporting the town's independent retailers and producers. Given the implications of the UK leaving the EU, and continuing threats to our food system from climate change, this question has never been more urgent.
The event will start with a shared community meal and feature a series of short talks, followed by music and local cider and juice.
Ed Hamer from the Land Workers Alliance will talk about the significance of the local food movement in light of Brexit. He will share his experiences as a co-founder and grower at the successful Chagfood CSA on the edge of Dartmoor, focusing on the contribution that CSAs can make to supporting the livelihoods of small farmers and connecting customers to the people and land that produce their food.
Southern Roots Organics are launching the first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project in Dorset. In their first season they will supply 25 households with local vegetables all grown in their market garden. Come along to find out more about the scheme and out how to join as a member.
There will also be a Seed Plugs session: a platform for community food initiatives and local food businesses who are helping to feed Bridport to "plug" their ideas and to share and seek support for what they are doing.
6pm Doors and bar open
6.30 Seasonal Root Soup and Bread from Tia Perella, Velicious Catering
7.30 Linda Hull introduces How Can Bridport Feed Itself?
7.40 Ed Hamer - Brexit, Chagfood CSA and the Landworkers Alliance
8.00 Dee Butterly and Adam Payne introduce Southern Roots Organics
8.20 Seed Plugs - plug YOUR new food idea or project to the rest of Bridport's food network
8.45. Bar open, music and social