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Community Cook Up- Round 4

Community Cook Up- Round 4

I arrived at 10am at Humraaz support services for December’s community cook up.  I had been sent the menu a few days before which the ladies in the service came up with themselves. We would be cooking a mixed vegetable karahi with wholemeal chapattis and a Christmas...

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Job vacancy: Blackburn with Darwen Food Alliance Coordinator

Job vacancy: Blackburn with Darwen Food Alliance Coordinator

Blackburn with Darwen Food Alliance are looking for a self-motivated team player who is passionate about working with us to develop an exciting and forward thinking good food movement in the borough which celebrates good food and the people who grow and produce it...

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Farm on the Fell- Doing dairy differently

Farm on the Fell- Doing dairy differently

Farm on the Fell- Doing dairy differently “We believe that farming should work with nature and not against it, which is why we farm as naturally as possible”   I went to meet Lisa to find out a little bit more about them and gain a better understanding of why...

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SEASONAL COMMUNITY COOK UPS- ROUND 3

SEASONAL COMMUNITY COOK UPS- ROUND 3

  A huge thank you to Peter Stead and his level 1 hospitality students at Blackburn College for the effort that went to for our third community cook up. Peter used the cook up experience as a research project for the students and  spent a few weeks leading up to the...

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Cook and Share Month

Cook and Share Month

Bringing people together through food “If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart” Cesar Chavez – civil rights activist   Each year the Soil Association run two campaigns...

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Mushroom Growing

Mushroom Growing

Myco Manchester workshop I had the pleasure of attending a mushroom intercropping workshop at The Greenhouse Project in Whitton Park https://www.lancswt.org.uk/greenhouse-project  delivered by Myco Manchester https://www.mycomanchester.com/ and hosted by Andy Mather...

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Meet James Nuttall AKA Hens On The Hill

Meet James Nuttall AKA Hens On The Hill

Meet James Nuttall AKA Hens on the Hill This is the tenth local producer i have met now for the series of blogs named "Putting a face to our food" I did go to  visit James in early September but i have waited until British Egg week to tell you all about it and his...

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Seasonal Community Cook ups- Round 2

Seasonal Community Cook ups- Round 2

After reading about their parent and child budget cookery sessions I approached Blackburn Central High School to see if they would like to take part in our seasonal community cook ups.  Just a telephone call later with pastoral lead Miriam Rathore explaining about the...

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Meet The Nowt Poncy Food Company

Meet The Nowt Poncy Food Company

The Nowt Poncy Food Company Is a small, quality sauces manufacturer and retailer based in Rossendale. Their ethos is all about using the best and smallest amount of ingredients as possible. They pride themselves on locally sourcing as many ingredients as possible and...

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Meet Oakstream Pastures

Meet Oakstream Pastures

Back in 2014 Mr Tabassum bought a 7 acre stretch of land in Burnley with view to developing a Muslim burial ground.  Six years on, the local authority finally declined permission and sadly Mr Tabassum passed away. This was 2020 and Mr Tabassum’s family were left with...

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Seasonal Community Cook Ups

Seasonal Community Cook Ups

  Part of my role at the Food Alliance is to not only develop a greater connection between those who produce food locally and  those who consume it, but also to develop food related skills and knowledge in the community. So when I was thinking about how to do this I...

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Meet Earth Evolution

Meet Earth Evolution

Darwen's Eco Refill Shop After living in Darwen for eight years and having no choice but to shop in other towns to buy products that were eco friendly, Kate Coop took the plunge and decided it was time Darwen had its own eco friendly store. She opened Earth Evolution...

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The benefit 39% of Young Families are missing out on in BwD

The benefit 39% of Young Families are missing out on in BwD

Healthy Start is a benefit designed to help expectant mums and families on low income with children under 4 years to buy milk, baby formula, fruit and vegetables. However we know that in Blackburn with Darwen 39% of families who are eligible for Healthy Start are not claiming the support they are entitled to.

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Meet Scott aka Scott Stewart

Meet Scott aka Scott Stewart

Meet Scott from Scott Stewart – Blackburn Market   Scott started the company in back 2004. He bought a vegetable delivery service in Darwen, then went onto run a stall on Darwen market for a short time before moving over to Blackburn when opportunity came up....

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Meet Lisa AKA Reedy’s Naturally

Meet Lisa AKA Reedy’s Naturally

Reedy's Naturally   Lisa started making her own preserves and sauces through having too much home grown fruit and vegetables and not wanting it to go to waste.  A keen amateur cook, her love of home grown food and natural preserve making inspired her to take the...

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Meet Boxed Green

Meet Boxed Green

Meet Andrea from Boxed Green- the organic fruit and Veg Box   Andrea started the business back in November 2020 after being made redundant for the last time from the airline industry. She had always been interested in good food, liked to buy local and was a veg...

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Hoddlesdon Farm

Hoddlesdon Farm

Steph and Andrew Nightingale bought what is now Hoddlesdon farm back in 2018. Although Andrews family background is one of dairy farming neither of them had any direct experience of farming. Steph’s career was in nursing originally then she moved onto her own...

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Putting a face to our food

Putting a face to our food

  Putting a Face to our Food Whilst many of us would like to support our local food producers it can sometimes be a challenge to know where to start. The markets in Blackburn and Darwen town centres are an obvious place but where else?  This is the question we...

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Corporation Park Community Garden

Corporation Park Community Garden

What a gorgeous day to call into the community garden in Corporation Park. Sunshine, blue skies and bird song! The community garden was one of the projects the Food Alliance gave a small grant to last year which has helped pay for wood to build new beds, a range of...

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Pulford Dairies- it’s a family affair

Pulford Dairies- it’s a family affair

Find out more about our visit to Pulford Dairies one of the local producers in and around Blackburn with Darwen. A great way to support our local producers and reduce your food miles.

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Bees glorious bees

Bees glorious bees

Find out more about Dawn’s visit to Roof Top Bees and an opportunity on 3rd May to meet the bees yourself.

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Let us introduce…

Let us introduce…

Introducing our new member of staff who will be developing our links with local food producers and creating really exciting information about how food is produced.

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The Current State of Food Insecurity

The Current State of Food Insecurity

Latest data from the Food Foundation The Food Foundation has just published its latest survey data on food insecurity. Since March 2020 the Foundation has commissioned a series of nationally representative surveys across the UK. It focuses particularly on specific...

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