DCFA June - July 2011 Newsletter

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DCFA June - July 2011 Newsletter

  1. 1. The Devon & Cornwall Food Association Ltd (DCFA)NEWSLETTER June - July 2011 Patron: Judi Spiers, BBC Radio Devon Spare Food is Share Food!7 Whimple Street, Plymouth, Devon PL1 2DH Mobile: 07745819828 (text only) Email: saudigeoff@yahoo.co.uk Website: http://dcfa.webs.com FOREWORD BY THE CHAIR EDITORIAL COMMENTDear Friends and Supporters,Exciting News! Ms. Judi SPIERS, who is very well known in the I NTERNET Links. If you’re reading this on-line and come across words with blue lettering that are underlined, then you can click on these links and be taken directly to anotherregion, has become the patron of DCFA! Judi, with her site for more information on that particular topic. Put yourprogramme on BBC Radio Devon, has given her name to our cursor over the link, hold down the Control (Ctrl) Key and click!organisation and its good works. The Board of Trustees feel Ed.very honoured to have Judi with us to support us in ourventure.Our Trustees are investigating the possibilities of renting a lightindustrial unit to enable us to expand our project. They arealso considering whether it would be viable to appoint a parttime Project Coordinator to take on some of the duties thatour Trustees currently undertake. But first we need reliablefunding... and believe me, we are actively looking!A new volunteer, Penny, has undertaken the task of building aworkbook of Food Producers in our region and when this task LETTERS TO THE EDITORis completed DCFA will be getting in touch with them. From: Andy Street <astreet@slrconsulting.com>Our weekly issues of Milk and Cream each Wednesday is To: Geoffrey READ <saudigeoff@yahoo.co.uk>being handled extremely well with Esme and her volunteer Sent: Sat, 28 May, 2011 13:11:54Milk Team. It still amazes me how quickly it’s all unloaded, Subject: RE: DCFA NEWSLETTERcounted, checked, sorted and then despatched... suchexcellent teamwork! Many thanks Geoff – excellent production!VOLUNTEERS. DCFA still needs your help... All the best AndyDCFA is desperately looking for volunteers who might assist uswith Fundraising. This is vital! Andy Street DirectorDCFA will soon be needing Food Handlers, Sorters, astreet@slrconsulting.comAdministrators and perhaps some Drivers. If you feel you can SLR Consulting Ltdoffer a little of your time, do please contact Geoff (details at Langford Lodgethe top of this page). 109 Pembroke Road CliftonOnce again, I should like to record my personal thanks to all Bristolour Volunteers and Trustees. BS8 3EU UKChristine Tel: +44 (0) 1179 064280 Fax: +44 (0) 1173 179535 Mob: +44 (0) 7771 905801Christine REID SLR helping landowners develop locally owned wind farmsChair SLR helps Crest Nicholson to gain permission for 2500 homeDCFA Board of Trustees neighbourhood in West SussexThe Devon & Cornwall Food Association Ltd. (DCFA) is a Private Company Limited by Guarantee.Registered Company No. 07419679.Registered Charity No. - DCFA is recognised by HMRC as a Charity for tax purposes under Reference XT27083.Members of : Our Funder:NCVO (The National Council for Voluntary Organisations) – Membership No. MEMBERVC/13004,PTSC (The Plymouth Third Sector Consortium),The Small Charities Coalition,And Volunteering England – Membership No.1278747. … And Voluntary Donations.
  2. 2. FOOD IN FUTURE An article by Mr. Martyn GOSS DCFA Co-opted Member of the DCFA Board of TrusteesM ANY Happy Returns to Neil PARSONS for his st birthday on Tuesday, 21 June 2011. Neil is aFriend of DCFA. Happy Birthday Neil!B EST Wishes to Reverend Alison SHAW, for her th birthday on Sunday, 26 June 2011. Alison is aTrustee on the DCFA Board and also our Public Relations We all take food so much for granted that most of us hardly ever question the sustainability of supplies. However, as theOfficer. Thanks for all your hard work Alison! Mayor of New Orleans reminded us a few years ago, we are all just three meals away from social breakdown. Furthermore, DCFA MEETINGS supermarket supply chains hold only about two weeks of stock and indeed came close to breaking during the fuel disputes ofJ ULY 2011. The next DCFA Board Meeting will take place th at 10.30 a.m. on Tuesday, 4 July 2011 at the CatherineStreet Baptist Church in Plymouth. If you have anything 2000. In reality, our food security is not as robust as we might think. In particular, it depends primarily on imported produce, whichyou wish the Board to discuss then do please contact Geoff itself depends on the availability of cheap oil. If oil becomes(details at the top of the Front Page). scarcer and more expensive in future (as it will), our food supplies will be at risk.F UTURE MEETINGS. All meetings are scheduled to start at 10.30 a.m. but are subject to change at short notice. Already speculators have been pushing up basic commodity costs on the global markets. This in itself introduces other ndTuesday, 2 August 2011 uncertain factors which we would do well to notice. Are we- General Board Meeting really like the person who falls off a ten-storey building and, as (Plymouth Catherine Street Baptist Church) they pass the third floor on the way down, shouts “so far, so th good!”?Tuesday, 6 September 2011- General Board Meeting So there are very probably hard times ahead and we shall (Plymouth Catherine Street Baptist Church) need to reconsider our attitudes to easy food. thTuesday, 4 October 2011 This will push us to change two of our practices:- General Board Meeting firstly, to produce much more food locally in Britain, (Plymouth Catherine Street Baptist Church) and secondly, to waste far less than the third of our food that th we throw away each day.Tuesday, 8 November 2011- Annual General Meeting The first implies not so much a revolution in farming, but a (Plymouth Catherine Street Baptist Church) change towards agriculture which relates more strongly to th local people. For instance, there is an increasing number ofTuesday, 6 December 2011 community food projects in Devon, all of which express- General Board Meeting greater social involvement in growing our own food and (Shekinah Mission, Bath Street) sharing it with others around us. Community farms, garden rd share schemes, co-operatives, allotments, community foodTuesday, 3 January 2011 shops, school growing clubs, and so on, are all living examples- General Board Meeting in our neighbourhoods. (Plymouth Catherine Street Baptist Church) Secondly, as DCFA encouragingly demonstrates, there areA NNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2011. The DCFA AGM will th be held on Tuesday, 8 November 2011 and we’realready looking for one or two Guest Speakers. Can you practical ways to prevent produce from going to landfill or incineration, and can instead be redistributed at a community level for the benefit of all. We surely cannot keep throwing thehelp or do you know someone that might? Please contact future away with our rubbish?Geoff (details at the top of Page 1). Let’s not take the current system for granted but create alternatives that will provide for the future and not for the next fast food meal! Contact the DCFA Newsletter Editor at DCFA... details at the top of Page 1. 2
  3. 3. DCFA NEEDS ITS OWN PREMISES! Q UALIFICATIONS. As DCFA progresses it will need competent volunteers with good qualifications in orderH ELP Please! DCFA could do oh... so much more if only it had its own premises in a central area of Plymouth!Do you know of somewhere... an to comply with Health & Safety at Work Act and other regulations. It is pleasing therefore that our Chair, Christine REID attended a First Aiders Course on Saturday,empty warehouse or shop that we th 18 June 2011. Thanks Christine!could utilise? DCFA could then startaccepting the food produce that localproducers have promised to supply us! OTHER NEWS THIS IS A WAY THAT P LYMOUTH’S Pioneering Local Food Project. The following article was posted on The Soil Association’s th website on Thursday, 16 June 2011: YOU A city-wide food project in Plymouth is set to be a shining CAN HELP DCFA! example for the rest of the UK on sustainable food sourcing in urban areas. The Plymouth Food Project aims to help makeT HIS IS AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM DCFA ASKING FOR YOUR HELP! Plymouth Britain’s first ‘Sustainable Food City’. As part of this initiative The Plymouth Food Project isDear Friends & Supporters, supporting local producers to supply fresh fruit and vegetablesAt a recent DCFA Board Meeting, the matter of renting into Plymouth’s schools and hospitals. The project is led by thepremises was discussed. DCFA needs somewhere in central Soil Association and The Barefoot Partnership Ltd and involvesPlymouth. a city-wide partnership of public sector organisations including Plymouth City Council, University of Plymouth and NHSIt was recognised that this was a “chicken-and-egg” synopsis Plymouth.insofar as DCFA could only issue food if we could actually get itand, if we had our own permanent premises in which to Plymouth’s Food Charter, launched in February this year, aimsreceive and issue it! to promote a thriving economy, health and well being, resilient and close knit communities, life-long learning and skills, and aHowever, would it be worth renting premises if it transpired reduced eco footprint. Over 30 Plymouth-based organisationsthat the donated food produce was not forthcoming? are now signed up to help deliverAt that Board Meeting I therefore undertook to start these aims, these include:contacting food producers, wholesalers and supermarkets to Transition Plymouth,ask them what could they do for us. Riverford Organic Vegetables,Once we had some answers we might then be in a better National Marine Aquarium,position to decide on whether we could justify paying out Gribble’s Butchers,good, hard-to-come-by cash for rented premises or not. Tamar View Fruiterers and Stiltskin Theatre Company.However, before I actually write to Supermarkets and FoodProducers I thought it might be beneficial to spend a little time The food and drink sector employs nearly 250,000 people inbuilding up a database of those outlets we should approach. the South West and makes up 8% of total economic output. Food and drink is the largest manufacturing sector, largestAnd this is where you can help! Could you please send me the retailing sector and is a key tourist attraction, accounting fordetails of any Wholesalers and Food Producers who you think one third of visitor spending.may help DCFA? I would need the following information: Traci LEWIS of the Soil Association, coordinator of Plymouth Name of company: Producer supplied: Food Project, said: “This is a truly pioneering project which Contact person: could provide the blue print for sustainable cities across the Postal Address: UK. It’s a winner for everyone involved. Not only do the Landline telephone: residents of Plymouth get more fresh, tasty, good quality local Mobile telephone: food on the menu, the increase in the amount of locally Email address: Any additional information: produced food and drink sold into Plymouth’s public sector is great news for a thriving local economy and the local farmers,I look forward to hearing from you soon. In the meantime... growers and food businesses who supply the produce.”please take a look at our website now and again! Editorial Comment: DCFA signed up to the Plymouth FoodGeoffrey N. READ Charter in February 2011.Company Secretary & Newsletter EditorDCFA Contact the DCFA Newsletter Editor at DCFA... details at the top of Page 1. 3
  4. 4. THIS SPACE COULD HAVE BEEN USED TO PLACES MALL Charity Week. th It’s official, the week starting Monday, 20 June will be Small Charity Week 2011. TheSmall Charities Coalition is supporting the Foundation for YOUR NOTICE!Social Improvement who has set out themes for each daykicking off on the Monday with “I love Small Charities” day. Why not contact the Editor?The Small Charities Coalition is putting the final touches totheir programme for the week to support these themes so doplease check their dedicated webpage for more information. STOP PRESS! C REAM of the Crop Help With Milk Drop! DO YOU WISH TO This article was published in the Plymouth Herald on Wednesday, 22nd June 2011: BE A FRIEND OF DCFA? City College Plymouth students have been DO YOU WISH TO volunteering for the Devon & Cornwall Food VOLUNTEER WITH DCFA? Association (DCFA) to help distribute surplus milk and cream to charitable organisations, writes Go on-line, download the Application Form, Philippa DOBSON. complete the details and submit it to Geoff. Since February this year the DCFA has distributed over 4,000 litres of milk and cream to charitable WOULD YOUR ORGANISATION BENEFIT FROM organisations across Plymouth thanks to the A TALK & POWERPOINT PRESENTATION? support of Robert Wiseman Dairies based in Cornwall. This good quality milk and cream would Are you a school, a charity, a faith group or otherwise have gone to landfill and volunteers some other organisation have been able to save charitable organisations needing to know more about DCFA? almost £2,500 in the first few months of this year. We will come to you and give a brief talk Organisations say they are very grateful for this with PowerPoint Presentation type of donation especially as most are under to tell you about our work. great financial pressure during this current economic downturn. Just contact Geoff... DCFA is seeking more committed volunteers to contact details at the top of Page 1. join their team very soon as several food Book now! producers are wishing to become involved and this will increase the workload considerably. If you’re interested please contact Geoff (details at the top of Page 1). Editor’s Note: I’ve corrected a couple of factual errors in this report! The newspaper carried an Come join DCFA! accompanying photograph but unfortunately it’s not available for downloading from the HeraldStop good food from ending up at landfill sites! website. Ed. Contact the DCFA Newsletter Editor at DCFA... details at the top of Page 1. 4

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