Find out about national & global food news, issues and campaigns, and food organisations we support and work with.
Sell & buy local food online with the Open Food Network
The Open Food Network (OFN) is an open source software platform that enables food producers, retailers, wholesalers and communities to sell produce online. The software is designed to foster co-operation, collaboration and fairness in the food system.
OFN UK is part of a global network of people building fairer, more resilient food systems. It facilitates group coaching and gatherings to enable food enterprises to learn from each other and exchange experience. OFN also offers online training, blogs and resources in marketing, accounting and more, to help food enterprises develop the skills they need to succeed in this challenging sector.
This document outlines some of the options for producers to sell online direct to shoppers and buyers, for retailers to set up online shopfronts; for community groups to set up food hubs, food banks, buying groups and food hubs; and for wholesalers to link to the growing Network.
Organisations working towards a greener, fairer, healthier future
Food Ethics Council
A charity that provides independent advice on the ethics of food and farming, with the aim of creating a food system that is fair and healthy for people, animals and the environment.
A project from the Food Ethics Council: How thinking of ourselves differently can change the future of our food system.
Lincoln Climate Commission
The climate commission – a collaboration between stakeholders across Lincoln and Lincolnshire – is working on a road map to achieve the City Council’s target of net zero carbon by 2030.
The Trussell Trust
Our aim is to end hunger and poverty in the UK. We support a nationwide network of food banks and together we provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, and campaign for change to end the need for food banks in the UK.
A network of food groups, with a vision to create kind, confident and connected communities through the power of food.
A multitude of different projects and campaigns to improve food and farming, with the help of our members and other supporters.
FareShare is the UK’s national network of charitable food redistributors, made up of 17 independent organisations. Together, we take good quality surplus food from right across the food industry and get it to almost 11,000 frontline charities and community groups.
The first major review of our food system in 75 years.
Read our response to it here.
Making it happen in Lincoln
Local food news from our blog
The Friendship through Food Cafe is open again from 1st July – that’s this coming Wednesday – for surprise, delicious, Mint Lane foodie goodness! Mint Lane Cafe is a bit different to a conventional cafe: it uses retail surplus food to provide nourishing, healthy meals at affordable prices. The menu changes daily depending on what… Continue reading Mint Lane Cafe re-opens on 1st July
“Whatever you do, just stick something in the ground!” This is advice to everyone from my friend and gardening inspiration, Hillary, who gave me a tour of her Lincoln allotment last week. “Don’t worry about making mistakes,” she told me, “that’s what we all do with gardening!” Think about getting an allotment The abundance of… Continue reading Welcome to my Lincoln allotment
The Dynamic Food Procurement National Advisory Board (a mouthful in itself!) has the aim to divert a third of all public sector spending on food and drink, to fresh local produce from sustainable local SMEs producers. It seeks to achieve this within three years. It is a Board not without influence: it contains members from… Continue reading Should the public sector buy local food?