What we do

Cambridge Sustainable Food (CSF) is a network of public, private and community organisations in Cambridge and the surrounding villages, working to promote a sustainable local food system.


box schemesAcross the globe, communities at every scale have recognised the key role food can play in dealing with some of today’s most pressing social, economic and environmental challenges. From obesity and diet-related ill-health to food poverty and waste, climate change and biodiversity loss to declining prosperity and social dislocation, food is not only at the heart of some of our greatest problems but is also a vital part of the solution.

Our vision for Cambridge is summarised in a Food Charter that we have produced, which promotes sustainable supply chains and access to healthy and environmentally sustainable food for all.


marketsThere are many sustainable food initiatives across Cambridge. We see ourselves as an “umbrella” organisation that brings together these initiatives in the public, private, university, community and business sectors. In order to achieve our vision for Cambridge, we use several means of action that can be divided into the following areas:

  • We promote local food-related projects through our website and newsletter
  • We have produced and now promote a Local Food Charter
  • We have created and are developing a sustainable food directory
  • We run campaigns
  • We run public awareness raising activities; these include stalls at public events (around 10 per year), explaining what sustainable food is, promoting local food businesses and projects, conducting food surveys, promoting local food events; and giving talks and workshops on sustainable food (including on request to local groups). These can range from general talks to practical hands-on workshops demonstrating cookery skills (for example, how to make the most of food to avoid food waste). If you want to organise a talk or a workshop, please contact us
  • We promote other local food sustainability initiatives, such as the recent Cambridge University Sustainable Food Policy

To read more about what CSF has been up to in the last year, read our Annual Report 2016.


CSF-national-logo-88pxCSF is a member of the national Sustainable Food Cities Network. This means that we are one of a number of UK cities working towards making food in their city more sustainable.

Sustainable Food Cities has designed an Award scheme to recognise and celebrate the success of those places taking a joined up, holistic approach to food and that are achieving significant positive change on a range of key food issues. We are delighted to announce that in June 2016 we achieved a Bronze Sustainable Food Cities Award.