Carlisle Food City (a partnership of local council, local businesses, local food producers, local wholesalers, University of Cumbria and many others with the shared interested in promoting local food) are working to understand more about the links between people who produce, sell, process, supply and purchase food within a 50 mile (local) radius of the City.
We are doing this to help understand and ultimately increase the amount of local food purchased by our local consumers and so support our local businesses that either produce, process or sell local food products. We want to bring more of our local food into our local food outlets for our local consumers and we cannot achieve this without your help.
A thriving local Food chain has been found to benefit health, education, quality of life, landscape of an area and prosperity. Research has showed how local food economies and independent retailing are under threat.
The preliminary results of this research are available here and includes a map of local food producers, manufacturers, retailers and caterers. The research is continuing this year thanks to funding from the University of Cumbria and Carlisle City Council and if you would like to add your details to the food map please contact Keith Jackson at the University of Cumbria at [email protected]
The 2015 questionnaire was launched at the Cumbria Growth Hubs ‘Everything Edible ‘Event on Thursday, 5 February 2015 and we are grateful for the support from Carlisle City Council, the Sustainable Food Cities Network, Chamber of Commerce, Local Businesses, Jardine Jackson Associates and The University of Cumbria, as well as other local businesses and stakeholders.