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“Get Ready for Local Food” is the Grow Forth Network’s exciting new project, a project of Forth Environment Link.

So what is it? Our aim is to connect more communities and businesses across Stirlingshire with local food. We want to create a more vibrant, accessible local food network across the region, and also want to help ‘up-skill’ communities with food-related skills, such as growing, cooking, and wasting less food. We also want to reduce CO2 emissions from food footprints, in particular from wasting, less food, growing our own, and sourcing more local and regional produce.

How do we do this? We want to connect with individuals and communities in Stirling who might be interested in attending workshops and learning more about local food.   For each community, we would like to provide free workshops around cooking/growing/wasting-less themes.

Recruiting volunteers Also, we would like to recruit Community Food Champion volunteers – people who might be interested in gaining more skills and knowledge about food. Community Food Champions will receive enhanced training and support, so in turn they can pass along these skills and knowledge to others in their community. The types of opportunities could include training in basic food hygiene, cooking with groups, growing, foraging basics, bread making, or carbon conversations training. The opportunities will be informed by you, so let us know your ideas.


Who can be involved?     Anyone who eats! Community groups, Community Councils, Schools, community cafes, community Gardens, churches, community centres, etc. If you are keen on learning more about food, growing, cooking, eating, wasting less – we want to hear from you.

How do we get in touch?  Ashley Robinson is our community project officer – working closely with our communities on grow, cook and eat activities. If you are interested in being involved with Get Ready For Local Food, please get in touch via email: or call 01786 449 215

The business side    There is also a business side to Get Ready For Local Food headed by Nikki Kenn. Her role is to support and connect the local food businesses – producers, farmers, restaurants, shops – across the region, aiming to create a more accessible and vibrant local food network. If you are a local food producer or have a food business and are interested in becoming part of the Get Ready for Local Food then get in touch with

Or call 01786 449 215