Cambridge Sustainable Food needs YOU!

With Spring having started, we have lots of great volunteering opportunities coming up in the next few months and we’d love you to get involved!

1. Earth Optimism Day Saturday April 22nd – food stall at Solutions Fair 
For #EarthOptimism Day 2017 we will be exploring what’s working in conservation and why, and discovering how every one of us can become more involved in saving nature. Cambridge will be celebrating #EarthOptimism with the Solutions Fair on 22nd April, which is also part of the Cambridge Festival of Nature.

The Solutions Fair runs from 11am to 5pm in the David Attenborough Building. CSF has a stall in the Eating Well section and needs volunteers to promote our activities throughout the day (minimum 2-hour shifts). The focus of the stall will be reducing meat consumption and eating seasonally and there will be activities for all ages.

David Attenborough himself is expected to attend the day and will visit the stalls throughout the building. It is hoped that he will also attend the thank-you reception after 5pm, to which all volunteers are invited. Find out more here.

2. World War II Rationing Challenge during June and July
There are various ways in which you can help us with this exciting Challenge, which runs 20th June to 18th July. The World War II Rationing Challenge is a way of engaging people with eating less meat, dairy and sugar as well as reducing food waste. Cambridge Carbon Footprint, which ran the Challenge very successfully in 2015, has kindly allowed us to adapt their excellent materials. Find out more about the challenge here.

To support the challenge, you can:

(a) Help at weekend stalls 3rd, 10th, 11th 17th June
We have several stalls at public events (Strawberry Fair, Arbury Carnival, Abbey Big Lunch and Chesterton Festival) coming up in June. If you volunteer with us, you may even get the opportunity to try out some period clothes for the day! We will giving away free tasters, ration books (for those who sign up for the Challenge), as well as putting on activities for all ages. If you can spare 2+ hours on one of these days then we would love to hear from you!

(b) Help to cook World War II recipes for stalls and events
If you can’t help out at the stalls, you could help with cooking up some delicious food for our events. We will be making some tasty treats using WWII recipes and modern adaptations.

(c) Help at the Launch of the Rationing Challenge, evening of Monday June 12th
There will be lots of exciting things happening at the launch – from food tasters and short films to talks by Monica Askay, food historian, and Carine Henry, dietician. It is guaranteed to be a great evening! We need volunteers to help in signing people up to the Challenge, serving food and collecting donations as well as helping with set up and take down. Find more information about the event here.

(d) Take part in the Challenge, take photos and blog about it!
Sign up to the Challenge! You will get your own ration booklet and lots of exciting recipe ideas and tips along the way. Find out more about the challenge here. We would also love to here all about your experiences travelling back in time; once you have signed up, keep an eye out for emails explaining how you can share your stories on our blog and social media!

(e) Promote the Challenge
Soon we will be promoting the Challenge as widely as we can and would love some help with this; there are lots of things you can do such as putting up posters around town and sharing posts on social media. We want to get as many individuals, families and groups signed up to the challenge!

3. Be an intern with CSF for 8 weeks!
From the end of April we will have a vacancy for an unpaid intern to work with us for 8 weeks, 4 days a week, in return for lunches and travel expenses (and possibly help with accommodation). Most of our interns are recent graduates and find working with us gives them a wide range of useful experiences, adding to their CV. You can read more about what this involves and descriptions of other interns’ experiences here.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please email to sign up or find out more.