Food Coordinator Appointed

On 24th of May, three very strong candidates were interviewed for the post of Food Coordinator, funded by Sustainable Food Cities and University of Leeds N8 Agrifood Group. All three candidates had a great deal to offer and it would have been perfect if we could have hired all three, but we’re delighted to announce that the successful candidate was current Feed Leeds Chair; Sonja Woodcock.

This is a major milestone in a journey that started at the very first Feeds Leeds meeting in 2012, was driven forward initially by Dr Chiara Tornaghi, then by Andy Goldring, Nigel Jones, Tom Bliss, Professor Les Firbank and above all Sonja herself – so this is a fitting reward for some very hard work on her part over the past 18 months. Sonja will start working 2.5 days per week at the beginning of July, and will be based at Zest Health for Life – soon to be housed in the old Fire Station in Gipton.

One of Sonja’s early tasks will be to complete the evolution of the Leeds Food Partnership into a fully independent organisation, of which Feed Leeds will be but one member (the one that represents food growers and those with related activities), rather than the host. She will also begin to develop the Partnership. If you would like to become a Partner, please start by joining our Linkedin Group


The Great Food Conundrum: Health vs Sustainability

The next Think Tank is on the 2nd of May at 6pm. The seminar is free – but please book

Main presentation and debate with Dr Christian Reynolds, University of Sheffield

Food that’s good for us is often bad for the planet, but food that’s local and ‘green’ may not provide an adequate diet. Add the issues of cost and taste and you soon have a major challenge

Christian Reynolds is a Research Fellow (N8 AgriFood project) at the Department of Geography, University of Sheffield, and an adjunct Research Fellow at the Barbara Hardy Institute for Sustainable Environments and Technologies, University of South Australia. Christian’s research examines the economic and environmental impacts of food consumption; with focus upon sustainable, healthy and affordable diets; food waste; and the political power of food in international relations

Come and share your concerns, ideas, suggestions and experience


Leeds Local Food Infrastructure: Progress Towards a Strategic Approach

Leeds Food Partnership Steering Group

Location: Maurice Keyworth LT, UoL Business School (old Grammar School) At the Junction of Clarendon Rd with Moorland Rd Leeds LS6 1AN

With a stall to meet:

IFDA Forum: Leeds: Past, Present and Progress (Food)

This year the Independent Food and Drink Academy (IFDA) will deliver the IFDA Forum 2017, as series of four events will take place across the City. The events have been carefully designed by Thom Hetherington and will provide the sector with a holistic, dynamic learning experience, hearing from some of the UK’s sector experts.

The first of four IFDA Forum events, we will start with taking a look at Leeds Food and Drink sector.
What are Leeds’ USPs and who or what are the key organisations or individuals in the local food and drink ecology? Where is Leeds going, what does it need and where are the opportunities for food and drink entrepreneurs?

It is too easy for regional cities to become introspective and inward-looking, so for Leeds to build on its strengths it must be honest about its limiting factors, aware of its strengths, open to opportunities, and it must benchmark against comparable cities at home and abroad look to outside voices for inspiration and innovation.

Jamie Campbell, CGA Peach
Lucy Noone, Allied London
Martin Wolstencroft, Arc Inspirations
Duncan Pitfield, D&D London

Date: Tuesday 25 April
The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, LS10 1JQ

After the event the lobby will be open for drinks until 11pm.

This event is free to members, please enter your code once you have selected the ticket.

To become a member and get all four events for free, please visit the IFDA website.

Growing Awareness: Planning Food Cities – Webinar 12th May

Sustainable Food Cities and Sustain invite you to join their webinar which will take place on Friday 12th May at 2-3.30pm. You will be able to hear from and ask questions on how Council local planning policies impact on the creation of new food growing spaces. Hull Food Partnership will explain how they went about getting a food growing policy in their Local Plan. The webinar will also include a case study of a new development in Leeds and you will hear how having a policy in Kensington and Chelsea helps the parks service find space for growing.


Chair: Ben Reynolds, Sustain
Speakers: Alizee Marceau, Sustainable Food Cities; Hilary Hamer, Food4Hull; Gillian Morgan and Leah Lazer, Sustain