West Dorset is famous for its wealth of local producers growing and processing a wonderful range of award winning ingredients.

At the same time, increasing numbers of people – young and old - are struggling with rising food and energy prices and face the challenge of learning how to eat healthily on a limited budget. With more and more people in vulnerable groups having to choose between heating and eating, local food can feel like a niche product, which can seem both expensive and hard to find. 

As climate change impacts such as extreme weather – and in particular access to water for irrigation – begin to impact on humanity’s ability to grow enough food, it makes sense to support and strengthen our local food systems.

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