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Leicestershire Sustainable Farming & Food Chain

Delivering wholesome and affordable food has always been a priority for farmers and food processors. There are challenging times ahead with increased climate and environmental concerns, changes to rural support and our trading relationships as a result of Brexit.

On 27th October 2020 a workshop was held. With an opening introduction by Minette Batters, the president of the National Farmers Union we discussed the solutions for the future we face. Together with contributions from Leicestershire County Council, Melton Food Partnership, Brooksby College and local farmers and food processors.

Phil Jarvis – Head of Farming, Training and Partnerships from the GWCT Allerton Project chaired proceedings.

This page is dedicated to the outcomes of the event and a proactive approach to:

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Set the food and farming scene, both nationally and locally.

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Inform on what is already in place in Leicestershire and the East Midlands.

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Look at how our food and farming will adapt to the future.

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Purchasing and procurement.

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What support can be offered with public awareness, marketing, closer communications and partnerships.

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Identifying what skills might be needed in the future

We are actively seeking participants in the next stages of the group by asking both attendees and wider audiences to register their interest. Below you can view all five focus groups and register your interest using the form below.

Download the Outcomes document here.

Leicestershire Local Procurement

Leicestershire Producer Groups

Climate Friendly Farming Group

Food and Farming Future Innovations

Melton Food Hub

Leicestershire Local Procurement

How do we make local procurement happen?

Action:

Strategic discussion with Local Authority and service providers.

Local food procurement & local distribution networks. Benefits of local nutritious food.

Local authority, Hospitals (provision of local food) & School Meal Services and food hubs (education and nutrition programme).

Barriers to entry price, scale, range of goods, one stop shop. These will be linked to the Leicestershire Producer Groups.

How do we value, the environment, animal welfare? More focus from this group on food and drink manufacturing within the Local Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership.

How can farmers help the carbon conundrums that Leicestershire County Council wish to address within Environmental Strategies?

Some participants identified.

Leicestershire Producer Groups

Strengthening the position of local producers after Brexit.

Action:

Help facilitate a workshop and further discussion around local producer groups

What is currently in existence? e.g. Edible 16 and Melton Food Hub.

Landscape led for biodiversity, carbon and food production business at the core.

Assemble information around developments to assist producer groups, direct marketing advice and facilitation.

How can new Government support help?

Food product development, technology, hygiene and digital data use.

Some participants identified.

Climate Friendly Farming Group

Regeneration, carbon and local nature recovery

Action:

Formation of Regenerative Agriculture, Carbon & Local Nature Recovery Group in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Regenerative Agriculture, knowledge exchange and training. Machinery Pool?

Climate friendly farming approach addressing Net Zero.

Local nature and landscape recovery developing opportunities & partnerships in environmental land management

Farm visits and workshop.

Lead participants identified.

Food and Farming Future Innovations

Working for the future & our local food chains

Action:

Formation of a working group to deliver Innovative Ideas.

  • Building on collaborations with Brooksby Melton College, YFC and other training establishments on skills training for our future food and farming. Coordinated teaching programmes with local authority, local retailer and producers. Linking to AHDB Skills Leadership Group & Institute of Agricultural Management.
  • Kids Clubs, Rural Youth and Climate Change Programmes.
  • Cycling and walking tourism network, linking local food businesses and wildlife sites. Some participants identified.
  • Developing additional fruit and vegetable hubs on larger arable farms.

Lead participants identified.

Melton Food Hub

Action:

Collaboration. Engage with Melton Borough Council and Food Enterprise Centre around plans for local producer and food retailers.

What help, as a group, can we give to Melton to identify the most effective way forward to reach a wider audience?

Is this model transferable within Leicestershire (and Rutland)?

Lead participants identified.

Register your interest

Get in touch and let us know which area of Leicestershire sustainable farming and food chain you are interested in.

 
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