Brampton Food Network has teamed up with Sustainable Carlisle to develop ‘Fair Food Carlisle’
We have been selected from 10 groups, and are now in the running for a £15,000 prize to develop the project competing with six other groups across the country.
The aim is to connect buying groups with food producers within 30 miles of Carlisle.
“We will provide the Carlisle community with access to good quality, good value and convenient local food”.
We have set up a trail blazing ‘buying group’ at the civic centre to test some of the logistics, but we are hoping that many more buying groups will spring up across the city very soon.
Local producers tell us they can give good value for money: Farmer David James from Bothel, near Cockermouth: ”Many of my cuts of lamb are cheaper than those I see on the supermarket shelf, it is just having a mechanism to get them to the person 20 miles down the road in Carlisle, who wants to eat it- that’s the problem.”
As world food prices are set to hit record highs this year, local food will become increasingly important in our lives. Through coordinated buying groups; ‘Fair Food Carlisle’ will provide working people and communities with an alternative to the current supermarket dominance, supporting the local economy and helping to create a sustainable city for the future.