Are you looking to turn over a new leaf this year? If yes, think food. Not calorie counting or cutting out chocolate, but giving new foods or new ways of shopping a try instead. This could mean buying from a local veg box scheme, or even volunteering at a community project where you can take home a share of the day’s harvest in return for you help on the plot.
Growing your own If you’ve never grown anything, give it a try! Salad leaves
such as mixed lettuce and rocket are very easy to grow, as are potatoes, tomatoes and strawberries. Or if you’re already doing some growing, try growing something new or a heritage seed variety. You can find lots of heritage seeds, as well as seeds saved in Brighton at Seedy Sunday on 5th February.
local food Have you ever tried a local veg box? Buying your weekly supply of vegetables from a local farm is a great way of supporting local business and eating seasonal foods. And it’s not just veg – you can also order extras like fruit, eggs, bread and honey. Veg box customers are likely to receive different kinds of vegetables and varieties that you don’t normally find at the supermarket, but don’t worry; recipes are often supplied to give you ideas about how to cook more unusual vegetables. Local boxes to try include Ashurst Organics, Barcombe Nurseries and Hankham Organics. You don’t have to commit to a regular delivery, just give it a try and see what you think! www.bhfood.org.uk/local-food
Volunteer at a project There are lots of community growing projects around
Brighton & Hove that hold regular workdays for anyone who wants to come along and learn more about gardening. The perks include getting fresh air, exercise, great views, learning new things and usually taking home a share of the day’s harvest. More detail at www.harvest- bh.org.uk/what-we-do/66/88-volunteering
Eat less meat-based meals In the UK livestock are responsible for around 8.5% of
Green House Gas emissions with beef being the most energy intensive of all of the meats we eat. In 2007 researchers at the National Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science in Tsukuba, Japan, found that producing 1kg of beef results in greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the amount of CO2 emitted by the average car over a distance of 250 kilometres. The average weekly intake of meats of all types in the UK is between 1kg and 1.6kg. Meat alternatives are often healthy and cheap, check out our seasonal vegetable based recipes on page 7.
Set up a food co-op or food
buying group By pooling buying power and ordering food in bulk direct from suppliers you can buy good food at a more affordable price.
Enquire about your food Don’t be afraid to ask restaurants, shops, fishmongers,
cafes where they get their produce from. Show your support for local, ethical food, and inspire your favourite food outlets to source more local produce!
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