Newtown - a food town?
The Cultivate group at Cwm Harry, together with the Mid Wales Food and Land Trust, the Town Council and NPTC Newtown Campus, took part in an event to develop Newtown’s food identity.
Taking inspiration from visiting speaker Pam Warhurst of Incredible Edible Todmorden, as well as an exploration of the values that inform food activities in the town, a sense emerged of a community united by awareness of food, and of the importance of making that more visible to the public.
The discussions were helped along with visual minutes of the day (see graphic below), which are now on display at the Newtown Town Council Building. The organizations involved are now collaborating on communicating their message to the people of Newtown, in the lead up to the re-opening this summer of the town’s Market Hall, which is being extensively refurbished and reinvented as a food hub.
The event was facilitated by staff from Aberystwyth University and the Public Interest Research Centre, who are running an action research project to see how values are expressed in food education. See http://valuesandframes.org/food-values-the-first-seminar/.