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Mapping Southend Food Growers and Producers

This has been on my mind for a while now. Through my and my colleagues work on Southend in Transition and our involvement with other organisations we were lucky to find out about many local individuals, projects, businesses and institutions interested or engaged in growing and producing food locally.

Some community initiative around the UK have prepared Local Food Guides and Directories or looked how to consolidate and help grow their local food networks through Local Food Hubs. With many people asking us what is happening locally, where they can buy produce and products I thought I will make a start on gathering this information in one place and display it in different formats for people to use, contribute and publicise.

1) Local organic gardeners have recently prepared a great list of local and regional suppliers here.

2) Map Mind of a possible Local Food Network project for Southend (version 0.1 work in progress)

3) Google Map – volunteer needed to create one

4) Southend food growers and producers printable booklet – work in progress

How you can Help

(please write in the comments below which of these things you already do or intend to do next to inspire others)

  • Join the Facebook group (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=10150117854010788)
  • come to Transition Drinks – check dates on the website (https://westclifftransition.wordpress.com/)
  • send your contact details in to receive updates and offers (kamilpac@gmail.com)
  • get in touch with the businesses and producers listed and buy local
  • forward to friends, publicise to facebook or your website and blog
  • start learning, growing or producing
  • edit map with new information, add your organisations details through the comments below
  • become members of local organisations
  • if you want to be a co-editor or contributor to this map please email me at (kamilpac@gmail.com) with a short description who you are and what you’d like to do
  • look at the project plan and actions and volunteer some time

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8 Responses

  1. How excellent are you!

  2. Great ideas, Kamil. Sorry I’ve not been around much.

  3. Great idea Kamil – now I’m working locally in Southend I’m hoping to get back involved in SiT…I’m happy to help out with a googlemap if you need a geek to get it started! 🙂


    • That would be great Laura, we need your skills:)

      Let me know if you need anything to get started. Please share the map with me when you get going so I can publicise your work in progress. Don’t worry if there are many places to add, feel free to focus on the most important ones in your opinion at the moment and as you or someone else might have time we will add the rest.

      I see this more as catalyser for others in Southend to learn about local food and get them involved. Over time we could produce something professional like a Local Food Directory etc.

      Thank you again

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  5. Hi Kamil and everyone – I could arrange a directory and or app to be designed when we feel it is ready. Ian

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