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:


Cambridge Sustainable Food Pledge: first awards made!

Radmore closeupWe are delighted that the first Cambridge Sustainable Food Awards have been made: Ben Aveling, of Radmore Farm Shop, was the first to apply following the launch of the scheme this year, and has received a silver award. (You can follow Ben’s monthly blog in the Cambridge News, where he focuses on all things local and seasonal. Ben farms in Northamptonshire and much of what he sells comes from the farm.) This is Ben’s response to the award: “We’re feeling very proud at the shop this month, having become the first business to receive a silver award from Cambridge Sustainable Food. This has led to much discussion in our house about what sustainability

Squash the beef at Espresso Library

Squash the Beef evening at Espresso Library

cow-wallpaper-1_free-1024x576 I went to a sold-out evening at Espresso Library on Tuesday: Squash the Beef, organised by the Cambridge Food Security Forum. Squash the beef: a discussion on the global and personal impact of meat was designed to draw attention to the urgent need to reduce meat consumption right now if we are to stand a chance of avoiding runaway climate change and keep within the 2 degrees of warming (ideally 1.5 degrees) agreed at the Paris Summit last December.

St Matthew’s Pumpkin Festival Competition

As part of Cambridge’s first Pumpkin Festival, Carine Henry, pediatric dietitian and member of the Cambridge Sustainable Food committee, hosted a special assembly at St Matthew’s Primary School on Norfolk Street. Carine spoke to the children about the sustainable food and the Pumpkin Festival, as well as the food waste message behind it.