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:
Cooking & Eating
Growing & Demonstration
The Local Food Economy
Health & Wellbeing
Falkirk Food Futures
Falkirk Food Futures is a project funded by the UK Government Community Renewal Fund. The UK Community Renewal Fund is a UK Government programme for 2021/22. This aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches to prepare for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. It invests in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment.
Forth Environment Link will work alongside community organisations, Falkirk Council, NHS Forth Valley, CVS Falkirk and local third sector partners to build a fairer, more resilient and sustainable food future for the region.
Falkirk Food Futures activities and outcomes will run from March 2022-June 2022 and include the following;
Grants between 5k-£30k to support community food projects to get good food projects underway; and create new jobs in the food community sector
Education activities and events in Falkirk communities
Work with Falkirk community food networks to help increase skills sharing, advice and support
Digital skills inclusion and training courses, and carbon literacy courses
Workshops to learn about community use and reuse of land for urban agriculture
Encourage marginalised young people in Falkirk to engage with food programmes
Train marginalised young people become good food ambassadors throughout Falkirk
Sustainable Food Places believe that a transition to a healthy, sustainable and more equitable food system requires not only strong national policy but also collaborative action between policy makers, businesses and civil society at the local level.
The Sustainable Food Places approach is about;
Food governance and strategy
Good food movement
Healthy food for all
Sustainable food economy
Catering and procurement
Food for the planet
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 project.