Hello, I am very pleased to say that Transition Wells and the Food Festival are working in collaboration this year to integrate and explore the theme of sustainable food. We very much hope you will want to take part in the event and help us promote it amongst your family and friends and get involved further if you wish to. The event will all take place in the Bishop’s Barn on Sunday 11th October, the day of the Food Festival, starting at 11.00am
We’re planning to accommodate circa 240 participants, which we think is ambitious for the first time out. We would therefore welcome everyone’s support please in spreading the word. With this in mind, we will shortly circulate a promotional leaflet in jpeg / PDF format which we’d be grateful if you would forward to anyone who you think may be interested.
The event will include:
1) A Debate
2) Free delicious soup prepared by a catering team from Wells Blue School, made from locally sourced misshapen vegetables, which would have otherwise gone to waste.
3) Exhibitions and displays from a range of local organisations involved in promoting sustainable practices.
The aim of the event as a whole is to enable several hundred visitors to:
a) recognise the connection between their food choices, wildlife and the landscape
b) feel empowered to enhance their contribution to the quality of the world around us.
The central pillar of this is the debate, the purpose of which is to explain these connections and to offer an open forum for discussing practical ways forward.
The Debate will be kicked off by presentations from a panel of experts on the contribution we can all make to:
* ensuring an attractive and thriving countryside
* safeguarding the supply of high quality, healthy food
* consuming diets which are healthy for people and the environment.
The discussion will provide a forum for the exchange of views and ideas about practical ways to achieve this vision by example: favouring produce which is fresh and in season. locally grown on a sustainable basis and prepared with high quality ingredients on a human scale, often by artisan methods.
Chair Chris Baines – is one of the UK’s leading and independent environmentalists. He is a horticultural, television presenter and author.
Colin Tudge – is a biologist and author and promotes “enlightened agriculture” through his Campaign for Real Farming”
Colin will give us some home truths about the supply and demand for food and inspire us with his call to counter this with an “Agrarian Renaissance”. He will describe in practical terms what this could mean for us all, including the changes required in the way food is produced and the buying choices, diets and other behaviours we could adopt to enhance our collective impact on the natural environment.
Tessa Munt – is a former MP and partner of a Somerset dairy farmer.
Tessa will share her insider’s knowledge of the way in which food policy is determined in the corridors of power in Westminster and give us her perspective on the impact of this on farming systems, standards on animal welfare and the food supply chain – and give us her take on how we can all contribute to a sustainable future.
Simon Brenman – is Director of Regional Programmes for the South West Wildlife Trusts.
Simon will describe the current tendency for large scale agri-chemically based farming to be conducted alongside separate provision for wildlife corridors and field margins etc. He will contrast this with the demonstrable benefits for wildlife and the landscape of an integrated approach through an organic/ecological approach to growing food.
If you would like to get involved, please come to a Transition Wells Food Group meeting 7.30pm – 9.30pm at the Globe, Priest Row on Tuesday 15th September. We would be very pleased to see you.