Stirling Local Food & Drink Co-ordinator

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Project Detail

With support from Stirling Council and Forth Valley & Lomond LEADER, a Local Food & Drink Co-ordinator post has been funded to help grow, support, and innovate the local food system in the area. A major focus of the role will be to create a Local Food & Drink Vision, Strategy & Action Plan for the Forth Valley & Loch Lomond area.

This work is led by Ashley Robinson in partnership with Stirling Council, FVL LEADER, Forth Environment Link, West Dunbartonshire Council, Clackmannanshire Council and others.

Project Aims

The Local Food & Drink Co-ordinator role is to help build a resilient, diverse, and vibrant local food system and economy in the Forth Valley and Loch Lomond area. Aims include:

- Increasing the range and number of local food production, processing, retail, and markets in the area

- Helping businesses, agencies, public bodies, and individuals work collectively/collaboratively to increase local food production

- Supporting a food system that is rooted in local economy, tourism, and ecology - one that promotes the FVL area as an area of outstanding and varied local food.

Ashley Robinson

The person leading the charge is Ashley Robinson. She has a slight obsession with all things local food and is absolutely delighted to be in the Co-ordinator post. Contact her at: Robinsona @

Her professional background is in sustainable food education, community engagement around local food, and in rural development. She has also worked on a range of farms and in food enterprises, including an innovative market garden using bio-intensive growing practices in Canada, a variety of hill farms in the UK (sheep work), and as a director of Riverside Bakery CIC a sourdough micro-bakery. Her particular interests are in small-scale farming, innovative grazing methods, holistic management, sourdough bread, and alternative routes to market.