Rachel Wheble is heading up an ambitious six month project to explore ways of connecting local produce with local outlets like schools and restaurants.
She will be asking how Lancashire’s food system can be fairer: kinder to consumers, animals, producers and the planet, and more sustainable than it is now.
Lancashire farmers produce all kinds of vegetables; dairy and grass-fed meat. But much of Lancashire's food is sourced from outside Lancashire. In fact, the way the system works is driven more by costs than considerations of fairness.
The Larder’s founder Kay Johnson, said:
"In our current political climate we want to know more about where our food comes from. How is it grown, reared and sourced? Where is it produced and in what conditions? More than ever, individuals and organisations are recognising the influence food has on every aspect of our lives and demanding more influence and control. It's in this context that Rachel begins her ambitious project.”
Rachel grew up on a 400 acre farm near Burscough, Lancashire. As well as knowing her way around a combine harvester, she’s also worked in deprived areas of Southport with hard-pressed communities.
Rachel will be listening to food producers including farmers and caterers. Their insights will guide her report due in March 2019.