The Leeds Food Partnership held a “Call to Action” workshop on 28 September at St Chad’s Parish Centre. The workshop was opened by Cllr Yeadon, who spoke encouragingly about the LFP and working collaboratively to create a fairer and more sustainable food system for the city. Ben Messer (Food Matters – part of the Sustainable Food Cities partnership) facilitated the workshop, which was attended by 30 people from across the Leeds food system.
The purpose of the workshop was to encourage people to take an active role in creating a food action plan for Leeds. When developed collaboratively, a food action plan will be a valuable resource for the city and will provide a more coordinated and joined up way of working towards a healthier and more sustainable food system for Leeds.
The workshop was organized around the four themes of sustainability:
- Health and Wellbeing
- Social Sustainability Building Communities, Social Capital and Resilience
- Economic / Employment
- Environment / GHG / Pollution
During the workshop, participants were encouraged to work under the theme that best represented their area of work or expertise to answer the following questions:
- What is already happening?
- What more needs to happen?
- Who should take this work forward?
Hundreds of post-it notes were then organized into categories decided by the group, and everyone then went around all four themes and rated what they felt were the most important issues and what the LFP should consider taking forward into a food action plan. The next step is to create working groups for each of the four themes made up of people with both an interest and expertise in that area, plus some time and commitment to see the process through.
The post-it notes have now been collated into a report that can be used to inform the working groups, but it will be up to the working group to determine which issues to take forward and what the aims, objectives and actions will be for each issue. The action plans for each working group will then be combined into a single food action plan for the city.
It may sound like a complex process, which it is, but that’s why we’re breaking down into bite-size chunks to ensure it is manageable and achievable.
How can I get involved?
If you would like to join a working group or perhaps take on a leadership role – that would be fantastic! It’s important that the actions are developed collaboratively and that people and organizations feel a sense of ownership, so the more people involved in the process and with the commitment to see it through, the more successful the action plan will be. So do get involved!
Drop me an email Sonja.firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be happy to provide more details.
All resources from this year’s annual Conference ‘Food Futures: Building a Good Food Movement for the 21st Century’ held on the 12th-13th June in Edinburgh are available on the SFC website: http://sustainablefoodcities.org/about/sfcconference2017
View the conference programme
News of our Letter to George Eustice asking for the work of local food partnerships to be recognised in Government policy making: http://sustainablefoodcities.org/newsevents/news/articleid/784/sustainable-food-cities-partnerships-address-letter-to-government-for-recognition-of-their-work
The great blog written by Ben Reynolds at Sustain following the conference, reflecting on the coming of age of a movement.