Bridport food security: hopes for 2021

It’s just over a year since Seeding our Future started its initiative on this issue. I’d like to highlight some of the progress from 2020:

  • Wider awareness of climate change threats among local organisations and individuals
  • Several well-attended briefing and consultation events, helping to form our plans for 2021 and beyond.
  • Good working partnerships, especially with Bridport Local Food Group and Transition Town Bridport
  • Ambassador Allotments set up
  • One grant received, and potential for other funding sources.

Our plans for 2021 feel soundly based on the consultations and debates last year. Our small team and small budget limit our capacity, and any help you can offer will be very welcome. The main initiatives we hope to take forward this year are:

  • Encourage home growing, through more information resources, expanding the Ambassador Allotments network, and setting up garden visits
  • Implement or try out elements of the ‘Food Hub’ concept, especially a website led by the Local Food Group, and affordable cookery classes
  • Support Dorset Food and Drink in launching the Dorset Diet, to promote local buying
  • Increase local production of vegetables and fruit – see more below.

We will keep you updated on progress in our newsletters. Meanwhile, you can contact us with ideas of offers of help at bridportfoodmatters@gmail.com.