The Fife Diet: the story so far

  • The Larder
  • 26 June 2012

Mike and Karen Smalls' local food project has grown into the largest of its kind in Europe

What started as a year-long community challenge has turned into a local food movement making an impact on everything from Fife children's diets to national government food policy

Fife is home to some – thousands, in fact – of Scotland’s best-known local eaters. The Fife Diet was established in 2007 by Mike and Karen Small of Burntisland as a prompt to recognise and appreciate the food that’s all around us. Now the largest local food project in Europe, the project has 3000 members and is driving various schemes around Fife including community growing areas, kids' clubs, plot to pot workshops, seasonal guides to eating local, an online recipe archive and celebrations of eating together with special annual events.

Now backed by five years of hands-on experience of the issues involved in making local food available and sustainable, the Fife Diet has also become an important and respected voice in the development of the Scottish Government’s National Food Policy.

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