Happy 2013 to all our 30 Mile Challengers!

Greetings again one and all, as we move into a new year, and hopefully, another year of local food. This year we hope some of you have made some resolutions to spend more in local shops and support more local food producers – we certainly have!

We recently had a brilliant challenge review get-together in Woodbridge with other Suffolk Transition groups who undertook their own local food challenges this year – in Woodbridge, Framlingham and Halesworth. Aside from lots of enthusiastic reminiscing about the challenge, we also put our heads together to think about how we can challenge ourselves and others in 2013 when thinking about food. Watch this space for news on what we’re planning.

In the meantime, the Transition Ipswich Food Group have been busy organising a workshop, to be held on Wednesday 23rd January at the UCS West Building in central Ipswich, about how we can make our community more resilient in 2013. We’d love for you to come along, hear about the Transition Ipswich inspired projects already happening, and share ideas with us for new projects. All are welcome, from 8pm-10pm.

To give you a taste of what we have planned for the evening, we’ll be hearing from all the movers and shakers running projects which respond to the themes of Transition – that is – creating systems resilient to economic crisis, resource depletion and climate change – and improve our wellbeing along the way. We’ll hear from:

– The head grower at Ipswich’s Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm (Suffolk’s first Community Supported Agriculture Scheme);

– A member of Ipswich’s first Pig Club, Acorn Antics;

– Suffolk’s first housing co-operative, Random Camel;

– The organiser of Transition Ipswich’s small but thriving community orchard;

– A member of our long-running wholefoods cooperative, Ipswich Ripple Food Co-op; and

– One of the 30 Mile Local Food Challenge gang to talk about the challenge.

It’ll be an Open Space session – allowing for new ideas to flow and grow – come and join us! More information is on the poster here – please help us spread the word!

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