Celebrating Connections Made at our Rural Gather Around Good Food

Sep 6, 2023

Celebrating Connections Made at Our Rural Food Gathering

The Stirling Food Partnership brought another fantastic day of sustainable food in the rural setting of Buchlyvie Village Hall. It was a chance to witness our commitment to shaping a Sustainable Food Place, promoting diversity, reducing waste, and supporting local initiatives.

At Gather Around Good Food Rural Stirling, we heard from inspiring speakers and learned about various activities in West Stirlingshire villages.

Meet Our Guest Speakers

Anne-Michelle Ketteridge from Forth Valley CLLD showcased numerous rural sustainable food initiatives they’ve supported, many of which thrive thanks to their initial funding.

Ruth Glasgow, Emily McLennan, and Chelsea McKinnon represented The Hub G63, a sustainability hub with remarkable initiatives. They shared their perspectives on food sustainability and how The Hub evolved.

Mia LaLanne gave us a tour of Stirling Community Food, a Transition Stirling project. Their urban model Food Pantry and non-referral-based food scheme generated significant interest.

We also gained insight into NeighbourFood West Stirlingshire, Dumbarton, and Helensburgh, First Step Development, Buchlyvie Community Council, Upper Ballaird Farm Coop, and Forth Valley Food and Drink.

Delicious Feast by Fodder + Farm

Our taste buds were treated to a delicious feast prepared by Fodder + Farm, featuring locally sourced ingredients, including vegetables from Upper Ballaird Farm Coop.

Food Action Planning Workshops

Our gatherings aimed to gather valuable insights for our Sustainable Food Action Planning. We held themed workshop discussions:

  1. Building a Sustainable Food Economy, led by Carolyn McGill of Forth Valley Food and Drink.
  2. Nurturing Good Food Movements, led by Emily Harvey of FEL Scotland.
  3. Ensuring Healthy Food For All, led by Jemma Beedie of FEL Scotland.
  4. Exploring Governance and Strategies, led by Anne Knox of Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise.
  5. Focusing on Food for the Planet, led by Donna Rodgers of NHS Forth Valley.
Explore Our Event Gallery

Enjoy the beautifully captured photos from the day by local photographer Julie Howden in our Stirling Food Partnership home page gallery

Thanks to all who participated, connected over food, and our dedicated local caterers for their creative use of local ingredients. On behalf of The Stirling Food Partnership. Incredible food to fuel incredible thoughts.

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