October 2023 saw the launch of the Land Use Plus project, encouraging nature-friendly farming that protects and restores rare local habitats.
This was a great opportunity to mingle with local farmers, food and beverage producers, suppliers and caterers and discuss how to create the best sustainable local food system. This will contribute to the implementation of the 100-year City Downland Estate Plan.
We also got to sample some wonderful local produce!
We can recommend Old Tree Brewery‘s kombucha, High Weald Dairy‘s award-winning cheeses, Smorls seaweed houmous, Sussex Surplus soups and community meals, The Sussex Peasant fruit and vegetables, Sussex Grazed meat boxes, Skylark Coffee, Brighton Permaculture Trust’s apple juice, Spirit of the Downs brandy, and the list goes on!
We also heard from our neighbours at the Isle of Wight UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, who shared with us best practice from their regenerative adventure at Nunwell Home Farm, about getting a viable business case, subscriptions for regular local consumers, mixing rewilding & farming, and communicating to local audiences every step of the way.