The role of large-scale grant funding in shifting food systems

The role of large-scale grant funding in shifting food systems

This session will explore, through three case studies, the potential role of larger-scale grant funding in shifting farming and food systems towards a more agroecological and regenerative model.
We will hear from Climate Action Leeds which seeks to transform Leeds to be zero carbon by 2030 with nature and social justice underpinning this future with funding from the National Lottery’s Climate Action Fund and National Lottery players.
Zero Carbon Cumbria includes a Home Grown Here initiative, which is a grower owned co-operative of local producers aiming to offer a single market place for increased supply of high quality, Cumbrian-grown fruit and vegetables. HOME GROWN HERE is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund (2021-2025) and part of Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership’s ambitious emission-reduction programme to make Cumbria carbon neutral by 2037.
FoodFutures, in North Lancashire, also has a Place-based Climate Action Fund project which will start in 2021. This aims to stimulate a regenerative food economy through a 5-year programme which includes gleaning, tackling food waste, cooking classes and onward granting to support local food and farming enterprises and community projects.
Join us to hear about these case studies, and explore the role of these interventions.
Andy Goldring – Andy is the CEO of the Permaculture Association and has been working over the last 20+ years to support the development of projects, local and national farming initiatives, demonstration sites and case studies that show how permaculture is being applied within farms, smallholdings and micro-enterprises.

Anna Clayton – Anna studied Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia and, since graduating in 2010, has completed a Permaculture design course, RHS certificate in horticulture and a variety of facilitation and collaborative training. For the past ten years she has worked on a range of community projects with focuses ranging from environmental art, seed saving, heritage fruit tree grafting, wildlife gardening, up-cycling workshops, junk jamming and food growing- both in the UK and abroad. On behalf of LESS, Anna currently coordinates FoodFutures – North Lancashire’s Sustainable Food Partnership and network.

Anna also works part time as a Writer and Researcher and Worker Director at Ethical Consumer Magazine in Manchester, under which role she has co-organised the Lush Spring Prize for environmental and social regeneration.

She also sits on the management committee of Claver Hill food growing project in Lancaster, and sits on the advisory group of the Northern Real Farming Conference.

Rachel Marshall –


Dec 02 2021


11:40 am - 1:10 pm

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