By Catherine Fee
Local food producers and organisations came together this week to explore new ways of promoting food sustainability across the city and district.
The meeting marked the beginning of a journey for Derry and Strabane to become a registered Sustainable Food place, ultimately earning its place within a network of 50 + cities and places around the UK that are on a pathway to address issues around food practices.
The first meeting of the Acorn Food Network took place at Brooke Horticulture Training Centre, where the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Alderman Graham Warke, heard more about how local producers hope to shape a districtwide strategy promoting more sustainable foo practices.
The Mayor said: “It’s great to see this type of imitative being driven by Council and people from across our local food system- from those who grow food to those who help connect people to food.
“I hope that it’s just the start of many conversations about how our local food systems can be improved helping local people, the economy and our planet we have seen a huge increase in people interested in growing their own over the last 18 months which can only help enhance this movement as people become more aware of where their food comes from and growing techniques.”
The campaign is just the latest initiative in the councils drive to address key environmental challenges in line with the targets set out in its climate change adaption plan.