A Local Food Centre for Exeter
We have commissioned a one year feasibility study into whether Food Exeter can help establish a ‘local food centre‘. This would be a ground-breaking not for profit business, aimed at making local, sustainably produced food available to the people, organisations and businesses of Exeter at affordable prices. We hope to publish the results of the study in spring 2020.
A new Alliance on Food Poverty & Insecurity
As part of our work alongside the Food Power national movement, Food Exeter is talking to local organisations about the idea of setting up a ‘fair access to food alliance’. This would be a network of organisations committed to working together to raise awareness of inadequate access to healthy nutritious food in Exeter, and to developing new, often joint solutions. Based on what other cities have done, we would like see the production of Food Poverty Action Plan for Exeter. If you are interested in the idea of an Alliance and would like to be involved, please email email@example.com.
Community Food Hubs
We are interested in the idea of ‘Community food hubs’. This term is used to describe a cluster of neighbourhood level activities relating to food, often but not always, based in a community centre. This might include community cooking, meals, buying groups, growing food and a community cafe. There are no ‘hubs’ in Exeter at present. We have published research looking at what is happening in Exeter and making recommendations.
More food markets
Food Exeter wants to see more markets where people can buy local, sustainably produced food at affordable prices. We would like to see an innovative and flexible approach taken to encouraging city centre and neighbourhood markets, food ‘pop-ups’ and food street trading. These kinds of activities not only provide a valuable way for new entrepreneurs to test their ideas, but also encourage the ‘micro’ businesses that are an important feature of the local economy. We want Exeter to follow innovative cities that have made their city centres vibrant and resilient, by building a modern market space in the city centre, for food, but also providing space for other activities.
We are exploring supporting pilot community markets in the city, where people can access sustainably produced fresh and prepared food, at affordable prices.
We want to work with any individuals, businesses or organisations who also want to see more market and street stalls that support our local food economy and sustainable local agriculture.