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Food For Thought

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Almost everything we eat begins with something that’s growing………. A lot of the environmental issues we face could be solved with a more sustainable food system. 

 Our Food for Thought project was funded by The National Lottery Community Fund NI and delivered between July and December 2020. 

Along with our 2 project partners The Conservation Volunteers and Belfast Food Network we distributed 550 Food for Thought resource packs which supported groups and individuals with everything they needed to get growing.

boy with freshly pulled onion

There are so many reasons to grow even a small amount of food; it’s so good for mental and physical health, you get out in the fresh air for gentle exercise and best of all you will be astonished at the flavour of something that’s just picked. 

Have a read through our Food For Thought booklet for some hints and tips!

As part of the project we developed a series of expert webinars, toolkits and how to videos, covering the fundamentals of growing as well as some really simple ways to use the produce you grow - because when food is that fresh and tasty you don’t need to complicate things! 

 All the videos which accompanied the webinars, and recordings of the live webinars can be viewed here.

Foraging Recipes

We were delighted to have Claire McQuillan, expert forager and chef, and Erin Bunting from the Edible Flower take part in three of our webinars. 

Clare and Erin are both experienced foragers, creating many amazing dishes and preserves with wild and free food. Links to each of the recipes are shown below.

Blackberry and Geranium Jam

Rosehip and Hawthorn Ketchup

Wild Greens, Feta and Mint Filo Triangles

 For more details email Jilly on jilly.dougan@keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.org