Bridport Community – Food Security

As we look toward uncertain futures, amidst an increasingly uncertain present, local communities can play a major role in resilience and adaptation. In December 2019, Seeding our Future’s founder, Alan Heeks, set up an open meeting in his hometown, Bridport, inviting local organisations and individuals to explore how this community of 15,000 people in West Dorset could adapt to the growing impacts of climate change. This section of the website shares information from this initiative, which will hopefully be of use to other communities in the U.K. and beyond. 

Since early 2020, Alan has gathered a small professional team, and is building relationships with a number of local organisations, including Bridport Local Food Group and Transition Town Bridport. This work is focussing on food security, with a number of initiatives underway, including Allotment Ambassadors to advise home growers, a ‘food hub’ to offer affordable cookery classes, information resources and more, support for local food poverty projects, and support to increase local production.

To view a write up on the briefings and discussion at the initial December 2019 meeting, click here.

Newsletters

You can follow our latest updates including planned events through our newsletter, sign up here and read the latest issues below:

Issue 5 – January 2021
Issue 4 – November 2020
Issue 3 – September 2020
Issue 2 – June 2020
Issue 1 – June 2020

Food Access

For details of food banks and community groups helping to feed the vulnerable in Bridport, click here.

A Bridport Local Food Hub

  • See here for our Bridport Local Food Hub discussion document.
  • Online roundtable discussion for community organisations and consumers, 23 September 2020, see report here.
  • Online discussion with retailers and local producers, 20 October 2020, see report here.

Adapting to climate change resources

Growing through Climate Change: reports on research commissioned by Seeding our Future to highlight how producers, consumers and home growers across south-west England can adapt to climate change impacts: for example, by changing cultivation methods, crops grown, produce bought, etc. To see more, click on one of the links below:

Growing through Climate Change – Full Report
Growing through Climate Change – Summary Report
Briefing Paper for Arable and Mixed Farmers

Other useful information

  • Digging deeper into local food: online workshop hosted by Seeding our Future and Transition Town Bridport: see event report here.
  • For a PDF leaflet summarising Seeding our Future’s work on food security with the Bridport community, click here.