Funding a Local Food & Drink Co-ordinator post was the FVL LEADER LAG's first LAG-led project (alongside Cycle Tourism, Broadband and other projects) for this programme.The FVL LEADER Local Action Group (LAG) can lead on projects - recognising a need or demand in the area, and proposing a project as an avenue to help meet that need in a comprehensive way.
Read all about the Local Food & Drink Co-ordinator role here. Some of the key priorities and actions of the role are below to give you an idea of what the project entails:
- Alive with Local Food strategy. One of the main outcomes of the role has been to research and develop a local food strategy for the region, specifically focusing on supporting the local food and drink economy. This Strategy is now completed and is called 'Alive with Local Food' - read more about the Strategy here.
- Forth Valley Food Festival 2018 & 2019 - read more about this here. This is an annual local food promotional campaign and activity trail that highlights and celebrates local food producers, providers and processors over the October school holidays. It is being held Oct 11th - 20th in 2019.
- Stirling Regional Food Partnership (and Sustainable Food Cities bid). It's still early days for the Partnership, but the aim is to develop a cross-sector and cross-issue forum for strategic food work in our region. This means creating a partnership whose work touches all elements of the food system - health, environment, social, economic - as well as including many voices within the food system - public, private, third - as well as producers, consumers, businesses, individuals, communities, etc. The model is based off of the Sustainable Food Cities - an approach to food system change that has been very successful across the UK. Read more about Sustainable Food Cities here.
- Local Food Business Network. Picking up on the previous work of Forth Environment Link's 'Get Ready for Local' project, we will be offering support to local food businesses via a 'Local Food Business Network'. This will be in the form of hosting networking and training events - listening and responding to identified needs of businesses in our area in order to help them start-up, scale up and grow.
Learn more or get involved by emailing the Coordinator, Ashley Robinson, at Robinsona @ stirling.gov.uk