Local and sustainable food
Our Eco-Active volunteers enjoying zero-mile lunch from Jean's 'square foot garden'
This principle is described by Bioregional as “supporting sustainable and humane farming, promoting access to healthy, low impact, local, seasonal and organic diets and reducing food waste.” Everyone has to eat so food is a a great icebreaker as well as a very good starting point for cutting one’s environmental footprint. Changing the world for the better one forkful at a time is a good way to start improving one’s impact so we hope this page will inspire you to take action at your table.
What St Nicks does on the food front:
- St Nicks is a member of the Eating Better initiative, which promotes eating less meat and more food that’s better for us and the planet as one vital step towards a fair, green and healthy world.
- Food can be grown in all sorts of places no matter how big or small and we try to showcase it in the Centre gardens using techniques such as square foot gardening or permaculture design. We’re always on the look out for volunteers who can help us maintain and improve the beds so please get in touch if interested.
- We like to use local and organic food when we can, and most of our drinks and snacks for sale are fairtrade.
- We support and work with yourcafe – a local project which intercepts good food destined for landfill and turns it into quality healthy meals for anyone to enjoy on a PayAsYouFeel basis.
- We support and work with Edible York – a local charity supporting the people of York to become closer to the food they eat through a number of food growing/harvesting projects.
- We’re a member of the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, which supports community food growing.
UK average vs. healthy diet (source WWF, via Guardian.com)
Some food facts:
Tips for reducing food waste from www.lovefoodhatewaste.com
What can you do?
- Whenever possible buy organic, local and seasonal, supplemented by fairtrade, and grow your own if you can or join a community garden.
- Eating seasonal food saves money, CO2 and aids the local economy – check this page for UK seasonal food information, tips and recipe ideas, updated every week.
- Find out the environmental cost of your diet using this web tool developed by Centre for Alternative Technology.
- Explore ways to cut down on food waste, the facts and stats on food waste, and inventive recipes using leftovers.
- If you eat meat, try to reduce your consumption by signing up to Meat Free Mondays or Meat Free May. Having at least one meat free day a week is good for the planet and your doctor would approve too. If a vegitarian/vegan diet sounds like a step too far, why not become a Part-Time Carnivore or Flexitarian?
- Join campaigns such as Greenpeace’s Just Tuna, Hugh’s War on Waste or Eating Better which aim to expose unsustainable practices and promote sustainable ones.