The launch of the County Durham Food Charter The launch of the County Durham Food Charter

A Brief History of Food Durham

2011 – 2014 : Phase 1

Where we had conversations with a diverse range of local residents and organisations, through workshops, one to one meetings, and small group meetings. The result was the County Durham Food Charter in 2013, and the Sustainable Local Food Strategy and the County Durham Food partnership (Food Durham) launched in 2014.

2014 – 2017 : Phase 2

Developed two main strands of work from the Strategy:

  • Growing Durham: to encourage more people to grow some of their own food.
  • Durham Food Hubto create an efficient supply chain for local food.

We also ran a Sustainable Fish City Campaign in Durham City and were awarded 5-Star Fish City status in 2016.

Other work included:

  • a collaborative Public Sector Procurement Group that shares information and expertise to assist more sustainable food procurement. Annual half-day conferences have been held since 2016
  • hosting the annual Big Dig for community gardens
  • running the #Pumpkin Challenge
  • Waste Less, Save More project
  • Launched Sugar Smart Durham campaign

The County Durham Food Charter was launched at Durham Marketplace alongside the monthly Farmers’ Market on 19 September 2013.

We launched the charter because food consumers were becoming increasingly distanced from food production, with accompanying loss of skills in food production and preparation. Most people agree that ‘business as usual’ is not an option. The Charter, and the accompanying Sustainable Local Food Strategy, together with similar activities across the UK, are creating a movement for a more sustainable food system.


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