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Conference - Cultivate Waltham Forest
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Grow Waltham Forest: Shaping the future of food growing in the Borough

Friday 21 March 2014

Leytonstone Library
6 Church Lane
Leytonstone E11 1HG

Free for people living or working in Waltham Forest. (£15 for others)
Please note booking is essential.
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Councillor Clyde Loakes and Rosie Boycott, Chair of the London Food Board, will open the Grow Waltham Forest Conference marking the launch of Cultivate, Waltham Forest’s first urban food growing festival. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear inspirational leaders in the urban food growing sector, including Mary Clear from Incredible Edible Todmorden, alongside the local Waltham Forest voices of Organiclea and Transition Leytonstone.

Purpose of the event: The afternoon event has been organised to inspire, and develop new ideas to increase the amount of people growing and selling locally grown food in the borough. It is also a great opportunity to meet with others and see what support is available.

Who should attend: The conference is for residents, businesses and organisations from Waltham Forest or the surrounding areas who are already growing food or are interested in food growing or want to source locally grown produce.

Cost: The event is free for people living and working in the borough (£15 for others).
Partners: This event is being organised by Capital Growth, with support from OrganicLea and Artillery as part of Cultivate – Waltham Forest’s first urban food growing festival.


1.00 – 1.30 Registration
1.30 – 2.00 Keynote Address
Welcome from Chair – Sarah Williams, Sustain, Food Growing Programme Manager
Launch of Cultivate Festival Waltham Forest – Cllr Clyde Loakes, Waltham Forest
A London-wide Perspective –Rosie Boycott, Chair of London Food
2.00 – 3.00 Panel presentations
Getting the Community Growing: How do we get more Waltham Forest residents growing?
Mary Clear, Incredible Edible Todmorden
Waltham Forest School (TBC) Innovation in Food Retail and Business: How do we grow more food to  ell? How can we get more local food into our cafes, restaurants and grocers?
Manchester Veg People Adam Payne, Organiclea Vision and Leadership to Support Local Food Growing: What is the role of policy in helping people grow more food? Who can take the
lead to make it all happen?
Sue Sheehan, Lambeth Food Partnership Phil Mason, Transition Leytonstone
3.00 – 3.30 Refreshment Break
3.30 – 4.30 Break-out sessions

Attendees can choose from three  break-out sessions based on the presentation themes
4.30 – 5.00 Feedback from break-out sessions, discussion and next steps
5.00 – 5.15 Closing Summary
5.30 – 8.30 Networking and Party:
Attendees invited to stay on for locally sourced food and drink from Norman Loves Food and Wild Card Brewery.