Local food case studies

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Over the years we've worked with many people around healthy eating and local food. Here you will find the inspiring stories of people whose lives have been changed in some way by growing and using local food.

We will be adding further case studies as time goes by. Keep checking back, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated. If you would like to share your own story, we'd love to hear from you. Just email us at Local Food Matters


Helen Scothorne is the Healthy Living Education Officer at the Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham. She is a single parent with two children who cooks on a budget and loves to share her enthusiasm about healthy eating with others.

Lyn Lavill lives with her husband and has two grown children who have flown the nest. Her father’s death from heart attack prompted her to learn more about nutrition so that she could get a job spreading the word about healthy eating to others.

Nicola Moxon learned about vegetarian cooking while working at the Trust’s café, and it opened her eyes to a whole new world of cooking without meat. A chronic illness means that eating healthily to keep up her energy levels is hugely important to her.

Jane Scothorne is retired, with two children and two grandchildren. She and her husband grow fruit and vegetables on their allotments which they share with family and friends, and they do their best to buy as locally as possible.

Dot Rodman runs Firth Park Community Allotments, engaging families in everything from planting their very first seed to cooking the produce they've grown themselves.

Vicky Cooper started out in an office, but now works part time on the Firth Park Community Allotments. She's a long time vegetarian, and has a young family, and was so enthused by her work on the Firth Park allotments that she applied for her own allotment, on which she's had a successful first year.

Andrew McNiven took on part of an allotment six months ago with his partner (now wife, congratulations!) and young son. They've started a blog called Veg for Three to document their adventures in growing their own.

Sarah Duly is the Youth Participation Officer at the Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham. She became a vegetarian after looking into intensive farming practices and the impact of meat production on the environment.

Tim Hirst is part of a community farming co-operative in the north of Sheffield called Loxley Community Farm.

Hannah Wittram is mum to ten month old baby Sophie. Together with Sophie and her husband, she loves to spend time outside walking, cycling, running and working on their family allotment.

Carrie Leyland is a mother of two who enjoys gardening - even when it means competing with the slugs - and volunteering in her local community. She was inspired to buy more local and fewer processed foods to support local businesses and to help herself recover from a long-term illness.

Laura Boyles has been working on the Local Food Matters project for the last year, and it's made a big difference to her outlook on food. She has two young children who eat apples morning, noon and night, and a large garden that needs filling with anything but more lawn to cut.

Bev Llewellyn has no garden in which to grow vegetables, so she uses locally sourced and foraged ingredients to cook for family and friends. 

Jill Marston-Giroux and her family enjoy living on the edge of the Peak District, and the fact that they are surrounded by excellent local greengrocers, butchers and eateries. They also love being outdoors, growing their own food as a family at the allotment, and eating healthily.

Tru Havenhand and family use a weekly menu plan to ensure everything gets used, and nothing is wasted, which helps to keep the cost of buying local food down. She also shares a delicious spicy red lentil soup recipe.

Fran Barnes and her family buy as locally as possible in order to help protect the environment and grow what they can in the garden in order to keep costs down.

Isy Broad and her family have given up ready meals in preference for cooking from scratch using locally sourced ingredients. It's important to Isy to know where there food is coming from and to know that it's good quality.

John Laing enjoys gardening and walking in the Peak District with his wife. He's taking an active interest in healthy and locally produced food because he wants to continue to enjoy good health when he retires. 

Be Wiggs is a life-long vegetarian who lives an active lifestyle and cares a great deal about compassion in farming and animal welfare. Budgetary constraints make an impact on her choice of shops.

Julie Riley and her partner have not one but two full size allotments in the centre of Sheffield. As she points out, "Once you've tasted a 'real' strawberry, buying the forced, watery, tasteless variety becomes pointless!"

Simon Fagg keeps chickens, which are a big hit with his kids, and grows fruit and veg in his garden. His cooking tips are excellent, so make sure you read to the end!


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