Sustainable Local Food Economy

Mini-Conference 6th October 2017

County Durham Food Partnership and Durham County Council invite you to attend a half-day mini-conference, taking place on the 6th October 2017

This is our third annual mini-conference on local and sustainable food after successful events in 2015 and 2016.

The specific topic focus this year will be on local food and the local economy in the context of the group’s wider interest in food sustainability, local food, and public sector food procurement.

Speakers will include:

  • Dr. Moya Kneafsey, Coventry University – Professor of Food and Local Development – on how consumers, producers and food can be “reconnected” through local, sustainable food supply chains.
  • Teesdale Cheesemakers – telling the story of how a small family-run dairy farm became an award-winning and successful artisan cheese business.
  • Liz Charles, Durham Community Action, and Jamie Thomas, Durham County Council will also talk about the latest work being done in County Durham to promote local, sustainable, healthy food, and to increase the positive impact of public sector food contracts.
  • A number of local food producers will be joining us to display their produce.

The mini-conference takes place at Ushaw College, Durham DH7 9RH from 9.30am – 1.00pm.
Refreshments on arrival and a light lunch will be provided. The venue is slightly outside Durham City but full directions will be provided in your event pack.

The event should be of particular interest to:

  • Public sector managers and officers working in food procurement, catering services, public health or related fields,
  • Anyone with an academic or research interest in food sustainability, sustainable economy public sector food, food security, healthy food, social value, and related topics,
  • Food producers, as well as food and catering businesses, who want to hear more about the policy factors which influence public sector buying.

To reserve a place, please email your name, organisation, and contact details to:
For more information about Food Durham and the County Durham Food Partnership, go to:

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