Cambridge Food Hub – an update from Duncan Catchople, project leader for Cambridge Sustainable Food Hub

Sometime, and sometime soon, the global food system is going to change. It has to: climate change and the depletion of natural resources dictate that ‘business as usual’ in our food supply simply cannot continue for much longer. So change is definitely coming, and we are faced with a choice of whether we are going to passively sit and wait for changes to be forced upon us, or whether we are going to embrace that change on our own terms.  But here is a very positive and forward-thinking project that is meeting the challenges in the food system head-on: the Cambridge Sustainable Food Hub.

CSF and Cambridge University Student Hub

CSF has worked closely with the Cambridge University Student Hub for several years, recruiting student volunteers and participating in their very helpful Social Innovation Programme. We are delighted that now we will be working even more closely with them to recruit students to our CSF Ambassadors scheme and also as regular volunteers for our ongoing Thyme to Cook Arbury family cookery project on Tuesdays .  

2016 Pumpkin Festival

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Take a look at the Pumpkin Festival’s website to find out about all the activities we are running from the 22nd to the 29th of October! Building on last year’s success, and with the support of local businesses and companies, Cambridge Sustainable Food is holding another Pumpkin Festival to bring you a week of activities, information and delicious food.

Indie store Arjuna wins Local Food Champion award

Reported by Simone Castello.

Hundreds of foodies sent their nominations for the third Cambridge Food and Drink Awards, a yearly event that celebrates the best food/drink businesses and entrepreneurs in the area. Two new categories were added: Rising Star and Local Food Champion, the latter sponsored by CSF to reflect our mission statement and vision. The awards – organised by the Cambridge News in association with The Cambridge Roar, a local fundraising drive in aid of The Prince’s Trust, Cancer Research UK and Arthur Rank – were presented at the Quy Mill Hotel on Thursday 4th August 2016.

“Swim the Cam” fundraising event for new Cambridge Food Hub a success

On the morning of Saturday 23rd September, 22 keen people turned up at Byron’s Pool in Swim the Cam paperGrantchester, to participate in a “Swim the Cam” fundraising event – 3.4km down the course of the River Cam. And why? To raise money through sponsorship and crowdfunding for a new Sustainable Food Hub, a project of Cambridge Sustainable Food to enable a more radical shift towards enabling sustainable eating behaviours and a sustainable local food economy.

Foody events: festivals, community days and volunteering opportunities

Sally at Big Lunch

This is the season where good weather is promised and it is great to be out and about. Here are some dates for you diaries of festivals and Community Days in and around Cambridge, taking place in September and October. Take these opportunities of autumn weekends to enjoy the perks of fun activities, independent businesses and often local food. In addition, at each of these events Cambridge Sustainable Food (CSF) will have an information stall, where you can learn more about sustainable cooking and eating and the various projects linked to CFS. Alternatively you could volunteer at these, and help out behind the stall.

Swim the Cam fundraising event in Cambridge News!

swim poster copySwim the Cam, CSF’s exciting new challenge aimed at raising money for the Food Hub Project, was featured in the Cambridge News on Wednesday July 6th. The event takes place on Saturday 23rd July, starting at 11am.

The swim is 3.8 km from Byron’s Pool in Grantchester to Sheep’s Green in Newnham, Cambridge. Experienced swimmers are asked to register by emailing duncan@cofco.co.uk. CSF also needs stewards and other volunteers on the day. There will be a party at the finishing line from 12 noon, with refreshments from the foodPark collective.

Read more about Swim the Cam here and more about the Cambridge Food Hub project here. You can sponsor a swimmer or donate to the Food Hub project here.

CSF sponsors Local Food Champion Food and Drink Award!

Food&drinkawards logoWe are very excited here at Cambridge Sustainable Food to be sponsoring the Local Food Champion category of the Food and Drink Awards 2016, run by the Cambridge News. We really need lots of people to nominate their favourite local sustainable food business – it’s not just about local food, although that is obviously important, but about lots of other sustainability issues (see below). You can nominate any food business in and around Cambridge up until July 7th – it’s all done online and it’s quite quick.

It would also be great if all of us who are concerned about food sustainability nominated businesses and people in the other 9 categories, too, if

CSF receives Bronze Award from Sustainable Food Cities


Tom & Bev Bronze award
We are buzzing with excitement at the moment after receiving the Sustainable Food Cities Bronze Award at the national conference in Liverpool. The photo shows Bev, as chair, receiving the award from Tom Andrews of the Soil Association (one of the three main partners in the Sustainable Food Cities Network). We are one of only nine cities (out of 46) to have won an award (seven Bronze and two Silver (Bristol and Brighton). The award is to the city itself and covers a wide range of issues: