Take Action

There are so many ways to get involved in our local food system. You could sign up to our mailing list for updates, or join our steering group and help make decisions about what projects we run and how we allocate funding. Or you could reach out into your local community either online (Facebook is a great resource) or face-to-face at community hubs, village halls, faith groups etc. Wherever you live, there will be an amazing food project nearby.

If you’d like a little help to get started, send an email to food@monmouthshire.gov.uk and we will put you in touch with the right people.

Here are a few simple ideas to get started on your good food journey:

For

Individuals

Cook: Make meals from scratch at least twice a week, and plan to use up all your leftovers – there are lots of recipes online (e.g. BBC Food pages or supermarket recipe pages)
Buy: Shop from local, independent producers if you can, and always buy British in the supermarket.
Learn: Find out about food production, for example by listening to podcasts or following farmers on social media.

For

Businesses & Organisations

Source: Know your supply chain and buy from local, certified and fair-trade sources; if you can’t source locally, at least aim to buy British.
Promote: If you’re sourcing food from local, British, and/or certified suppliers, make sure your customers and employees know you’re doing it!
Reduce: Cut food and packaging waste, for example by offering smaller portions for smaller appetites, encouraging customers to bring their own containers, and allowing diners to take leftovers home.

For

Producers

Measure: Collect data and use it to improve your business performance – good environmental and economic outcomes often go hand-in-hand.
Adopt: Integrate regenerative farming practices into your system – start small and work up gradually.
Educate: Take steps to help the public understand what you do and why.