Food joins together our local economy, environment and society. It touches every aspect of life, from jobs to culture, health to natural surroundings.
Increasing the amount of local food grown and consumed in our communities is not only good for our environment but also for our health and our prosperity.
Our approach to food is to lead by example, we work with others to demonstrate the value food can have in all aspects of our life. This means how we grow, cook, eat and travel for food; as well as looking at what we do with the food we throw away.
Our ambition is to help make change across the following areas:
In May 2020 community groups and organisations across Falkirk took part in Veg Your Ledge, a pilot project to get them growing their own produce from their windowsill.
Climate Kitchen & Garden Project
Our Climate Kitchen & Garden Project will benefit the Falkirk community by building capacity within our volunteers and organisations, and helping our communities become climate ready by increasing awareness and understanding of climate change and enabling people tomove to low-carbon lifestyles.
Through the following activities we will work with local communities to create Climate Ready Champions.
Cooking workshops and demonstrations
Climate literacy training and workshops
Regional Online Food Markets
In a bid to increase access to nutritious, sustainable, local and seasonal food, in addition opening up routes to market for local businesses, FEL developed a two year project to train, support and equip organisations to build and launch 'click and collect' markets in their own rural communities across four regions of Scotland. These markets are hosted on the NeighbourFood platform. Find out more about the regional online food markets.
FORTH VALLEY FOR NET ZERO, JOIN THE CAMPAIGN FOR #NETZERO BY 2045
As the world marked #EarthOvershootDay a new campaign was launched in our region, Forth Valley for Net Zero, to show the actions Forth Valley businesses and communities can take to tackle the #ClimateEmergency and achieve #NetZero by 2045.
CHARITY HELPS LAUNCH CAMPAIGN TO TACKLE CLIMATE EMERGENCY
Charity Forth Environment Link and pupils from Bantaskin Primary, Falkirk helped launch a major TV, radio and digital campaign to encourage people across Scotland to come together to tackle the climate emergency on 3rd June.