As we look toward uncertain futures, amidst an increasingly uncertain present, local communities can play a major role in resilience and adaptation. In December 2019, Seeding our Future’s founder, Alan Heeks, set up an open meeting in his hometown, Bridport, inviting local organisations and individuals to explore how this community of 15,000 people in West Dorset could adapt to the growing impacts of climate change. This section of the website shares information from this initiative, which will hopefully be of use to other communities in the U.K. and beyond.
Since early 2020, Alan has gathered a small professional team, and is building relationships with a number of local organisations, including Bridport Local Food Group and Transition Town Bridport. Given limited resources, the SoF team are focusing on two priorities:
Food Security: Exploring how local producers, consumers, and distributors can cooperate and innovate to strengthen the local food economy, in particular its resilience to climate change.
Mental Wellbeing: Liaise with existing local organisations to understand wellbeing needs relating to the climate crisis, and offer resources drawing on SoF projects elsewhere.
To view a write up on the briefings and discussion at the December meeting, click here
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Food Security for the Bridport Community:
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Issue 3 – September 2020
A Bridport Local Food Hub? For an online roundtable discussion 7-8.30 pm between 1) Community Organisations and other Consumers on 23rd September 2020, download the report here 2) Retailers and Local Producers on 20th October 2020, register here
See here for the Bridport Local Food Hub discussion document.
For a pdf summary of Seeding our Future’s work on this topic with the Bridport community, click here