Lochaber Food project puts the emphasis on local

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Lochaber Environmental Group (LEG) has just been awarded funding from the Local Connect Regional Food Fund, which seeks to celebrate and promote locally produced food and drink throughout Scotland.

LEG’s Lochaber Food initiative aims to stimulate the production and consumption of local food in the region by encouraging partnerships between residents, restaurants, retailers and local producers who are encouraged to employ sustainable traditional crofting practices and grow food using organic principles.

The aim is to build a robust, sustainable and collaborative local food market where the provenance of the produce is clear, the food miles are low and the consumer develops and appreciation of what is in season.

Adam Veitch, a local crofter and sourdough baker, said: ‘It is really exciting to be involved in the initiative. Lochaber Food will allow producers to support each other and enable consumers to access food that’s been grown locally.’

Events will take place throughout the year. In the first instance, local producers and those who would like to be producers (however small) are encouraged to get in touch and let LEG know what they do and what they aspire to do if there was a better-connected market.

For more information email stephen@lochaberenviro.org.uk