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Everyone can get involved in making Lewisham helathier, tastier and more sustainable! Here are 10 things yourself and your family can do to get involved in Good Food.

 

Why not choose just one thing to begin with? What would be the easiest thing for you to introduce, or for your family to change in your everyday lives? It doesn't need to be difficult to make a huge difference!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GROW SOME OF YOUR OWN FOOD

 

Cheap, Easy and Sustainable

You don’t need to have a garden, or even much space, to supplement your shopping with a little homegrown veg!

Lots of veg can be grown in pots or window boxes (see the Royal Horticultural Society's container growing advice here). Herbs and salad leaves are a great way to start your pot-lotment. They are super easy and will save you a fortune - you don’t need to have green fingers! Even better news – gardening has been shown to improve mood and make you fitter!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lewisham Community Gardens --> Link to page on GFL site 'Lewisham Community Gardens'

http://lewishamgardens.webs.com/community-gardens-2

Events calendar: http://lewishamgardens.webs.com/apps/calendar/

 

Apply for an allotment through the council website:

https://www.lewisham.gov.uk/inmyarea/openspaces/allotments/Pages/allotments.aspx

 

Buy and procure locally grown, seasonal fruit and vegetables
Locally grown, seasonal food is the freshest produce you can buy because it doesn’t have to travel far. It’s better for you, better for the environment and better for your local farmer.

This is a very easy way of contributing to Good Food

Seasonal produce is food that is available in the UK at certain times of the year.

Where are your local suppliers?

http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/inmyarea/markets/farmers-markets/Pages/default.aspx
https://weareccfm.com/city-country-farmers-markets/market-profiles/lewisham-market/

what’s in season’ guide
http://eatseasonably.co.uk/ is a good resource offering lots of info on what to eat and grow now!

 

Giving a little of your spare time to volunteer for a local food project
Volunteering is a great way to develop new skills and meet new friends while helping your community. Research suggests that volunteering may also improve your mental health and help you live longer!

get fitter, smile more, feel happier and generally be an excellent person.

If you’re interested in getting involved then get in touch and we’ll sign-post you see volunteering opportunities here.

 

Knowing your labels - Buy certified foods!
Better choices equal better lives.

When you know your labels, you know what you’re choosing and eating.
Organic food and drink reduces artificial chemicals in your diet and pesticides in the soil. It also ensures high welfare for animals – look out for the Soil Association Organic Standard.
Free-range ensures that animals have access outside space and daylight for at least part of the day.
Freedom foods offer higher animal welfare, so you know what you’re eating has been ethically produced.
Looking for food produced in the UK? The Red Tractor logo means your food or drink has met responsible production standards and is fully traceable back to independently inspected farms in the UK.

Buying Fairtrade products
When you buy Fairtrade, you’re supporting fair pay and decent working conditions for farmers and workers in the developing world.
Choosing responsibly caught fish from a sustainable source
Some species of fish, like cod and tuna, have become so popular they’re at risk of becoming extinct. Not only that but when these big fish are caught in nets, small fish that aren’t wanted are caught too—and go to waste.
Choosing sustainable fish helps protect fish stocks from over-fishing and protects the balance of the ocean environment. Look for Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and sustainably sourced labels on your fish. Fish that have been line-caught are a great choice too.

Another way to support Good Food is by buying certified ingredients such as Fairtrade, MSC – Marine Stewardship Council, Freedom Food.  These certifications assure you that the food has been produced in ways that look after the people and the planet:

The Fairtrade stamp shows that product has been bought for a fair price from a co-operative and money is put back into the local community to build wells or schools.

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The MSC stamp means you know that fish has been caught in a sustainable way – a way that looks after future fish stocks and doesn’t damage the environment.
The Freedom Food stamp means you know the farms have been checked by the RSPCA and that welfare standards of the animals have been assured.

We’ve done some price comparisons, and found that often certified products are the same price or cheaper than the alternatives.  Have a look the next time you’re out.

Check out Compassion in World Farming’s ‘Compassionate Food Guide’ for a clear explanation of all the different and often confusing food labels on meat. A great resource to help make fairer choices

 

Reducing your food waste and recycle food packaging

Wasting food wastes money and it’s damaging to the environment too. Food waste stats along top: Did you know that on average each family throws away £60 in wasted food every month?!  That’s nearly £700 per year! The methane produced by decomposing food in plastic bin bags is worse for the environment than co2 emissions released by cars! Combine this methane emission with all the energy that went into making the food in the first place, and it’s the equivalent of taking one in four cars off the road if we were to just stop wasting food!  Food grown on 23% of the world's agricultural land goes directly in the bin without even arriving on someone's plate!

Composting LINK -https://www.lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/wasterecycle/Pages/composting.aspx , composting workshops https://www.lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/wasterecycle/Garden-waste/Pages/Composting-workshops.aspx ,

Meal planning LINK

Using your freezer to its maximum potential LINK - AND having your freezer filled to its maximum capacity is better for the environment as it uses less energy freezing food than air. If you have food which is beginning to go bad and not the time to use it up, freeze it with a date on. Rules of freezing - cool down to room temperature before putting into freezer. Food poisoning occurs when food has not been cooled properly. Foods which can be frozen - avocado,eggs,bananas,berries,cooked veg, bread, meal portions, rice and pasta

Cupboard game - websites LINK

Best before vs use by LINK Understanding the difference between ‘best before’ and ‘use by’ dates means you’ll avoid throwing away food that’s still fine to eat

Less packaging - market produce. Take your own containers. LINK Choosing products without packaging – or with as little packaging as possible – is better for the environment and for keeping our streets litter-free

 

There’s loads of information about food waste, but we think the one of the best place for tips, hints and recipes is Love Food Hate Waste.  Or check out our Food Waste info sheet for some handy tips.

 

Cooking meals packed with natural goodness
One of the best things you can do for Good Food is to cook from scratch.  It doesn’t have to be every day – even if you do it occasionally, you’ll see changes to your health and wallet.

Eating more vegetable and pulses is a great way to increase fibre in your diet and reduce the amount of fat and salt you’re eating.
How about joining the thousands of people around the world who are reducing the amount of meat they eat by taking part in Meat Free Mondays?  Cutting down on your weekly / daily meat intake can significantly benefit both your health and your carbon footprint. The carbon footprint attached to beef is extraordinary!

If you would like to learn more about cooking from scratch, sign up to one of our ‘Taste of Health’ Cookery Clubs. These cookery clubs will help develop confidence and skills to start preparing delicious, healthy, affordable meals from scratch. The more you cook, the better you’ll feel!  If you’re interested in finding out more then call 0800 470 4831 You will also learn about food growing at home!

Demand more and better!

Whether you:

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Eat in a local cafe
A work canteen
Your kids have school lunches
You buy from supermarkets

Ask for healthier, more sustainable options.  It makes good business sense to listen to customers, and good ones will do just that.

Ask them for:

Some healthier options
Where their fish or chicken comes from
Whether they have good veggie options
Tap water on the table

The more we ask, the more likely they’ll change. And look out for the Healthier Catering Commitment – this shows that the café or restaurant is making changes to offer you more healthy options.

Lobby for change in your locality, and with central government

A bit more tricky, we know; but there are loads of campaigns and petitions you can sign up to show your support for Good Food in this city. And we can all do our bit to show those in power when we’re not happy with what’s going on!

Sustainable Food Cities has some great ideas for campaigns to get involved with.  Have a look at Sustain; the alliance for better food and farming for even more ideas.

 

Trending now! Download our model email template and ask your MP to back the next holiday hunger bill

write to your MP imploring them to support the School Holiday Meals and Activities Bill (a model letter is attached). Your Lewisham MPs are Heidi Alexander (heidi.alexander.mp@parliament.uk), Ellie Reeves (ellie.reeves.mp@parliament.uk ), Vicky Foxcroft (vicky.foxcroft.mp@parliament.uk ), none of whom are on this list so please write to them! Please open the document and amend the highlighted fields to your MP’s name, as well as your organization. Feel free to alter the letter, or even to write your own!

 

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Check out the Royal Horticultural Society for tips on how to get started

See Capital Growth's 

website for courses in container growing, seed saving & wild foods!

 Check out Gardening Club at the Albany! Meet people & learn to grow in small spaces!

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Interested in permaculture? Contact Ruth Robinson, The Ethical Gardener.

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The final week of GCDA's FREE Healthier Eating Cookery Clubs is a food growing session! Call to find out more.

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The Albany Gardening Club's homegrown tomatoes!