First Bike -powered delivery

First Bike -powered delivery

 

We used a bike + bike trailer to do some of the deliveries around Carlisle yesterday.

This is something I have wanted to do since the project started – but has taken me a while to work out the practicalities.

It ran smoothly despite a downpour – mid cycle ride.

First bicycle powered delivery

First bicycle powered delivery

A few improvements to the trailer – and we should be able to do this every week.

Cornish pasty

Here is a picture of some Cornish pasties made my Amaya with Fair Food Carlisle ingredients.

Amaya is now putting recipe cards in all the bags that we deliver.

cornish pasty

Some more press coverage

Expanding

Fair food Carlisle is now delivering local food to 6 work place buying groups around Carlisle.

The members of these groups are all ordering on a weekly or fortnightly basis using our new on-line ordering software.

Get involved:

We are packing and sorting the local produce at our new unit on James street in Carlisle.

To do this we need volunteers for 2 hours on a Tuesday morning – from 10am till 12.

If you are interested in helping us – please get in touch. This is good fun, and we will pay expenses of £5 per hour.

Expanding:

We are making sure our systems are working efficiently for the next few weeks, then Fair Food Carlisle hopes to expand the number of workplaces, organisations or community groups involved in the scheme.

We want to expand rapidly over this year so we can truly start to have an impact on Carlisle’s food economy.

 

 

We Won!

Cumberland News article:

www.cumberlandnews.co.uk/news/fair-food-carlisle-project-to-grow-after-cash-windfall

Sustainable Carlisle and Brampton Food Network have won 2nd place in a national prize.

We have been selected from over 110 groups across the county, and have won £5,000 prize to develop our project:

www.FairFoodCarlisle.org

The aim of the project 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 six buying groups rearing to get started in businesses and organisations across the city.

We have developed an on-line ordering system which allows members of the groups to browse and order the local food they want.

Local producers tell us they can give good value for money: Organic 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.

 

 

Press release – Launch

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.

 


 
 
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