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York People Encouraged to Grow Their Own Food


6:01am 16th March 2013

Food entrepreneurs and food growers from across York are coming together today to celebrate the local food culture at a free Edible York event.

With 199 fruit trees planted by Edible York in the past three months, and community vegetable gardens popping up from Bishophill to Haxby, edible gardening has caught the City by storm.  With community gardening staff now based at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and BTCV -and the volunteer power of Edible York- schools, sheltered housing schemes and residential streets are being turned over to edible gardens. 

Today’s event, Growing Connections, celebrates not only these growing projects, but also the businesses in York that are working to produce and support local food.  El Piano’s Magdalena Chavez will join Goodness Foods’ Caroline Barugh in a panel discussion exploring ways to boost our local food economy.  Innovative edible growers from York Edible Uni, York Edible Schools and more will also be on hand to share their experience of productive gardening.

Michael Hjort, proprietor of Melton’s, Melton’s Too and York Festival of Food & Drink, will also be speaking at the event, because “local food is at the heart of my restaurants and is key to the York Festival of Food & Drink.  I’m delighted to be a part of this exciting event which provides a vital link between growers, producers and consumers in our local food economy.”

Chloe Smee, Chair of Edible York, said, “With so many innovative growing projects and food enterprises in York, today’s event provides a great opportunity to come together, celebrate our collective successes and share our experiences.  More and more people are motivated to shorten food supply chains and reduce food miles, and this event will play a key role in imagining new paths to York’s edible future. ”

The free event, which will bring people together from local food projects and businesses across York, takes place at the Friends Meeting House, from 10:00am-3pm.

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