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Clean Kilo

Clean Kilo

A former scientist, Tom Pell, is determined to provide consumers with the option to cut down the amount of plastic that ends up in landfill and the environment. This is an issue that has become ubiquitous in recent times with the showing of BBC’s Blue Planet II and the plethora of news articles around the […]

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Caring for carers – not just for Christmas

Caring for carers – not just for Christmas

Talented chefs have joined Slow Food Chef Alliance to promote taste, better food, which is made using local & seasonal produce. The last Christmas blog provided good suggestions for a hearty delicious festive meal. The reality is that not all of us can choose what to have for Christmas.
Slow Food Chef Alliance  member Colin […]

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Here is to a more sustainable Christmas!

Here is to a more sustainable Christmas!

The UN Convention estimates that, in terms of biodiversity, there are around 13 million different species in this planet, however according to the FAO 75% of world’s food production is based on only 12 plants and 5 animal species.
Industrial agricultural goods, highly processed and convenient foods are found everywhere and slowly detaching people from the […]

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Not just Bannocks & Brose!

Not just Bannocks & Brose!

December is a busy time for us, snow lies on the hill more often than not and the animal feeding rounds take longer whilst the days are shorter.  After the lull in November the restaurant & accommodation welcomes in many a festive party and the place twinkles with fairy lights.  Although we are busy, we […]

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My #eatlocal challenge: week 4

My #eatlocal challenge: week 4 it was the worst of times, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of incredulity,  it was the season of Darkness, , it was the winter of despair. – Charles Dickens speaking about my live local challenge in his lesser known work Low Expectations

Welcome to the fourth and final week of my #eatlocal challenge. Thank you for joining me on this #menuforchange escapade. To be honest I’m rather surprised that I made it this far, I was fully expecting to be surreptitiously splashing about my stash of olive oil by week two. Last week‘s frolics with fungi […]

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Reflections on Chengdu

Reflections on Chengdu

Five years after the last Congress at Terra Madre in Turin in 2012, representatives of Slow Food gathered in Chengdu, China for the 7th International Congress.
These gatherings of people of all kinds, coming from close to 120 countries, are a good gauge of planetary health and just where we are with food’s role and impact. […]

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A journey to a market garden

A journey to a market garden Market gardener Lindsay Whalen sells her organic produce to the people of Manchester through her regular stall at Levenshulme market and her veg box scheme. Formerly the food writer for Ethical Consumer, Lindsay explains how she went from writing about food to growing it.

My journey to running my own market garden was meandering, but ultimately motivated by my desire for a food system that nurtures the health of our bodies and the land. I was the Food Writer at Ethical Consumer magazine for four formative years, before setting off into the world to learn those practical useful skills […]

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My #eatlocal challenge: week 3

My #eatlocal challenge: week 3

Week three of my #eatlocal challenge is now complete. I have now hobbled over the half way mark of my month supporting #menuforchange and am limping into the finishing stretch. You can learn more about this foolhardy endeavour source all my meals within 50 miles by reading my post from week one.
Last week […]

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My #eatlocal challenge: week 2

My #eatlocal challenge: week 2

I am now two weeks in to my #50milemeal month, consuming food sourced/produced within 31 miles, as part of Slow food’s #menuforchange. Last week I was butter making, bread baking and soliciting sea salt from strangers. You can read about my fledgling efforts in in My #eatlocal challenge: week 1. This week the novelty […]

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Totnes’s Inaugural Slow Walk

Totnes’s Inaugural Slow Walk

In 2005 my partner gave me Carl Honore’s book In Praise of Slow: How a Worldwide Movement is Challenging the Cult of Speed (his Ted talk is here) To this day, I confess, I’ve never found time to actually finish it, but, I love the insights I gained and recognise the value of the […]

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