Belfast, a Sustainable Food City – with Kerry Melville

There are many people passionate about good sustainable healthy food in Dunedin, such as the grassroots collective – Our Food Network Dunedin, as well as Dunedin’s permaculture movement and the great increase in community gardens around the city. In particular it is exciting that currently work is being carried out by the Dunedin City Council to implement an action plan to support local food producers and businesses, promote local food events, and generally assist Dunedinites to obtain healthy sustainably produced food. It is with this knowledge in mind that I am especially interested to see what is also happening in other cities.

While writing this I am in Northern Ireland, and for this show I travelled to Belfast its capital. Belfast is home to approximately 334,000 people, and like Dunedin it has embraced local food resilience – aiming to support a thriving local food economy that is healthy as well as environmentally sustainable.

Kerry Melville is Coordinator of the Belfast Food Network, an NGO that has received funding to initiate a wide range of activities that will help promote a thriving food economy in the city that is both sustainable, healthy and equitable.

Kerry was born in South Africa, has spend many years in England and since 1999 has lived in Northern Ireland. She says she is passionate about this little country and that it is almost as beautiful as New Zealand which she visited for five months as a WWOOFer in 2005. (As I was born in Northern Ireland and live in NZ – I also must agree!)

I spoke with Kerry on the 29th July 2016 about the exciting initiatives and achievements of the Belfast Food Network. I have included photos from the September 2016 Feeding the 5000 event in Belfast, which the Belfast Food Network coordinated along with Friends of the Earth NI.

To listen to this programme about Belfast – a Sustainable Food City please click on http://www.accessradio.org/Player.aspx?eid=248f1317-d84d-473f-905b-cccbb6061c07

For more information

This show was originally broadcast on the 4th August 2016 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Eco Living in Action is sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.

Kerry Melville, Coordinator of the Belfast Food Network

Kerry Melville, Coordinator of the Belfast Food Network

The Belfast Food network obtained food from farmers in Northern Ireland that was surplus and would otherwise have gone to waste. The food was served by volunteers. Friends of the Earth NI and Hare Krishna group ?? coordinated preparation and cooking.

The Belfast Food Network  and Friends of the Earth NI collaborated for the Feedin the 5000 event. Surplus vegetables from farmers in Northern Ireland were donated – food that would otherwise have gone to waste. The food was  prepared and served by volunteers and cooked by Iskcon Belfast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kerry, in action at the Feed the 5000 event in Belfast, 2016.

Kerry and volunteers at the Feed the 5000 event in Belfast, 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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