School alumnus Dr Simon Platten to host CBCD research seminar
2nd November 2017
Kent alumnus and Honorary Research Fellow Dr Simon Platten will speak about his work in Cornwall with Tamar Grow Local in a seminar entitled ‘Building a local food system using learning from social and ecological systems: 10 years of Tamar Grow Local.’
Tamar Grow Local is an umbrella organisation that has established and supported over 20 different local food initiatives in the Tamar Valley to re-invigorate production and engagement in food growing and consumption. These range from community orchards and allotments, field-scale community growing and livestock co-operatives through to community-supported agriculture, produce co-operatives, co-operative market stalls, retail and wholesale food hubs and farmers’ markets and training. These have purposefully bridged community and commercial activity in order to build self-financing elements into community projects and to provide opportunities for progression from recreational growing through to self-employment. Tamar Grow Local has strategically networked these projects consciously using principles from social and ecological systems to develop a resilient local food system. Projects are 'nested' within each other to maximise mutual support and economies of scale. Communities and local businesses participate in a network that connects food with wider landscape management and health and wellbeing benefits.
The event will take place on Wednesday 8th November between 11:30 and 13:00 in Jennison Seminar Room 1.