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Local Food production booklet and 30;30 food challenge.

posted 31 May 2014, 13:07 by Mark O'Connell   [ updated 31 May 2014, 13:29 ]

In order for the 30miles for 30 days food challenge to go ahead we realised that people would need information as how to do this.

We collected and interviewed @ 20 food producers in the Dedham vale about how and what food they produced and these are currently being uploaded on the Transition Stour Valley web site and Apricot Centre web site.

We researched food production and how it has changed in the recent past and collated this into a document titled the “Dedham Vale local food project.”

2000 of these were printed off and distributed in the region. We gave them out to most primary schools, at the Nayland Fete, to all of the contributors and in to farm shops and public spaces. Fliers were made and put up around the valley as well.

We set up an interactive web site called the “NING” that people could sign up to and talk about their experiences of the 30;30 challenge – in October 2010.  This did happen but in a much slower way than we had expected and concluded that the NING technology was too confusing for most. This has made the Transition Stour valley group think about communications and change their web sites back to Word press from the Ning system.

However anecdotally we found many other interesting stories. Local restaurants such as the Thorn gave the idea a go for a day, Manningtree High school said they would use it for the basis of a “focus” day event in the school, customers went in to local shops asking for produce on the listings.

At the end of the 30 day challenge on the 10th October 2010 Old Hall celebrated with a local food day, with a small farmers market with 6 stalls of local food producers a small cafe and games event which was a huge success with around 100 people attending.

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