Ely Local Food Conference

Eat local, buy local, grow local!

 Eat local, buy local, grow local!

In the face of the huge challenges to worldwide food supplies posed by
climate change, diminishing oil, gas and water supplies, we need to
re-think the way we will feed ourselves in the future.

The aim of the conference is to bring together people concerned about our
access to locally produced, sustainable food supplies, to explore the issues
and develop responses.

From home gardening to commercial production, all levels of food supply matter. Amateur gardener or local policy maker, this will have something to offer you.

Everyone is welcome. Entry: £2.                  


Ben Reynolds – Network Director of Sustain (Alliance for Better Food and Farming); Mikey Tomkins – Food Researcher; Ken Kelso – local organic farmer.

The event will be opened by James Paice, MP for S.E. Cambridgeshire.

Venue: Methodist Church Hall, Chapel St., Ely, Cambs, CB6 1AD                              Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm Saturday 31st October 2009

We’ll be exploring these and other questions:

  • How can we access more locally produced food?
  • How can we intervene, and play a greater role, in our local food system?
  • How can we connect with, and support, local food retailers?
  • How can we connect with, and support, local farming?
  • How might peak oil and climate change impact our local food system?
  • What is our hope for the future?

Come along and help shape the future of Ely’s food resilience!

We welcome all ideas, suggestions and comments.

Please let us know if you’d like to be involved in this exciting event.


The Age of Stupid

aos1Transition Ely, in partnership with Arts Development in East Cambridgeshire (ADeC), are proud to present a showing of The Age of Stupid at the Maltings, 24 May 2009 at 7pm.

Arguably the most important documentary of 2009, the film stars Pete Postlethwaite as a man living alone in the  environmental wasteland of 2055, looking back at footage from 2008 and asking: “why didn’t we save ourselves when we had the chance”?

Before the showing, members of Transition Ely, and a special guest speaker, will give a short introductory talk on how climate change could impact Ely and the fens.

More information

Call the box office on 01353 616991 or the 24hr information line on 01353 666388


In person (available from Friday 17 May) from ADeC Box Office, Babylon Gallery, Waterside, Ely (Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm).

Also from Burrows Bookshop, High Street Passage, Ely.

For online bookings see

Full price £5, concessions £4 (concessions available to over 60s, U15s, full time students, unwaged).

Doors open ½ hour before screening.

Ely Peak Oil film night – 29th October 2008 at 7pm

‘The Power of Community’
When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba’s economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half – and food by 80% – people were desperate.

This film tells of the hardships and struggles as well as the community and creativity of the Cuban people during this difficult time.

Cubans share how they transitioned from a highly mechanized, industrial agricultural system to one using organic methods of farming and local, urban gardens.

The film opens with a short history of Peak Oil, followed by a fascinating and inspiring account of how the people of Cuba faced such an enormous challenge.

Time and venue
29th October 2008 at 7pm
Methodist Church Hall
Chapel Street, Ely, CB6 1AD
Entry free but donations to cover costs are appreciated

Watch a preview clip of the film:

and here:


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