Acorn Food Network
DCSDC’s Sustainable Food Network
Derry City and Strabane is working towards becoming a Sustainable Food Place and has been actively engaging with local stakeholders that operate across the food system.
We are growing the Acorn Food Network to help create a region where it is easy to acquire fresh, locally produced, environmentally sustainable food–a region where there is no need to worry about how much your food has contributed to global warming, deforestation or greenhouse gas emissions. We want the food we eat to help sustain local food producers and help develop a varied, reliable local economy.
While working towards making this happen, Acorn Food Network will support individuals to buy more food from local independent growers and sellers, grow their own food at home or in community allotments, to prepare fresh, healthy meals and to waste as little food as possible. We want to help businesses and organisations to procure healthy, sustainable food that helps strengthen the local economy: in turn, we’d like these local enterprises to help and enable the local community to come together to grow, cook and celebrate healthy food.
What is a Sustainable Food Place?
A Sustainable Food Place is a city or region that is working towards creating more sustainable food systems and practises. Throughout the UK there are 50+ Sustainable Food Places, making healthy and sustainable food a defining characteristic of where people live.
The Sustainable Food Places Network brings together local food partnerships from across the UK.
In towns, cities, boroughs, districts and counties, these partnerships are driving innovation and best practice on all aspects of healthy and sustainable food.
Sustainable Food Places provide grants, advice and support to enable local food partnerships to drive changes to local policy and practice and to undertake campaigns, practical projects and public engagement initiatives