CONNECTING WITH FARMERS FOR FOOD
Farms to Feed Us are a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers, made up of activists, farmers, journalists, and economists with one aim: helping connect people with farmers, fishers, and food producers during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.
The Farms to Feed Us UK-wide database is a simple online tool created to enable consumers to identify and source food more directly from producers. As many of you will know, we are currently seeing an explosion of consumer interest in sourcing food directly, and many producers are experiencing unprecedented demand. And yet the massive collapse in sales to restaurants, event catering, and the high street is causing bottlenecks, wastage and loss of income for many others.
Farms to Feed Us is a means to channel the current high levels of interest amongst the public to promote purchases from small producers, particularly those who may need to recoup lost sales. But our hope is also that this moment of increased public engagement with local, community-supported, and short-chain food supply, as well as big questions about food security, sovereignty, and sustainability, will provide strong foundations for the future.
Many of the producers on the database exclusively supplied restaurants and have had to completely redesign their business to adapt to the changing situation during the crisis, and this database is their route to market. This database gives you details on who can provide you with well produced food grown locally on a small and sustainable scale, and also support those on the other front-line: our farmers, growers and fishers who are working harder than ever to keep us fed.
The database is growing every day as we gather new information, and as more and more farms and producers sign up, please check back regularly. It’s designed to be lo-fi so you can print it off and write on it, for those neighbours and relatives who may not use the internet or social media, and we also have a website version in the pipeline, to follow in the next few weeks. This is a work in progress and we would like your feedback on what works and what doesn’t, and what else you need.
This is our opportunity to strengthen our food system and create a sustainable supply chain. Our nations food sovereignty matters now more than ever before.
Please share our database with those who need it. This is an open source document designed to be shared, printed, used. Pass it on.
If you are a farmer, grower, dairy, bakery, winemaker, fisher and would like to list your business, submit the details here. If you would like to help us and be part of our small volunteer team, please contact us.
With special thanks to Farms to Feed Us supporters Thomasina Miers, chef, writer and co-founder of Wahaca and Blanche Vaughan writer and Food Editor (House and Garden)
Thank you to The Oxford Real Farming Conference, The Biodynamic Association, Pasture for Life, Nature Friendly Farming Network, Whole Health Agriculture and Homeopathy at Wellie Level for partnering with us and reaching out to their communities and networks on behalf of Farms to Feed Us.
Our logo was drawn and painted by our wonderful friend, writer and artist, Brian Selznick @thebrianselznick best known as the
writer of The Invention of Hugo Cabret (2007) The Marvels (2015) and Wonderstruck (2011).