Nourish NI is a charity working to ensure good, healthy food is available to everyone. They are supporting dramatic systems change that will make healthy and sustainable food a defining characteristic of Northern Ireland.
Our Environmental Partners
Sustainable Food Trust
Sustainable Food Trust works to accelerate the transition to more sustainable food and farming systems that nourish the health of people and planet. They work closely with government, leaders and other organisations to advocate for policy change that will support this transformation.
Action for Conservation
Action for Conservation (AFC) is a grassroots charity using pioneering approaches to inspire and empower young people from diverse backgrounds, between the ages of 12 and 18, to become the next generation of environmental leaders. Through its school workshops, conservation camps and ambassador mentoring, AFC has supported over 5,000 young people in taking action to disrupt the status quo and bring about long-term and meaningful change in their communities.
Nature Friendly Farming Network
The Nature Friendly Farming Network is a farmer-led organisation uniting thousands of farmers across the UK who are committed to managing their land for wildlife and public goods, while growing safe, healthy and nutritious food.
Pasture for Life
In 2009, a group of British farmers joined forces to extol the wide-ranging benefits of producing meat and dairy products from animals fed exclusively on pasture. Since then, Pasture for Life has become an active, credible organisation that successfully champions the virtues of grass-based farming and meat and dairy production.
The Gaia Foundation’s Seed Sovereignty Programme is sowing a biodiverse, regenerative and resilient food system here in the UK and Ireland, starting at its heart: the seed. Regional coordinators respond to local landscapes and people: supporting market gardeners, producers, community groups and landworkers to sow, save and share organic, open pollinated seed that is locally-adapted and locally-loved.
The Soil Association is the charity working with everyone to transform the way we eat, farm and care for our natural world, supporting people to build natural solutions together for a nature-friendly future. They have developed world-leading standards to protect the health of communities, animals, plants and our environment.
Sole of Discretion
People have lived in balance with ocean ecosystems for thousands of years but the gifts of our blue planet are ebbing, a bountiful tide turned by overfishing, bycatch, and bottom trawling.
Sole of Discretion is the first fishmonger in the UK to provide full traceability back to every boat, working with a shoal of fisherfolk between Helford and Eastbourne. Their boats are under 10m long, and 10 times more fuel efficient than larger vessels. Their gear collects coral and rock habitat mapping data, rather than ploughing the seabed. Their methods harvest a range of species and sizes, in balance with natural abundance rather than oversimplified ‘stock’ statuses. Back on land, Sole of Discretion pay pre-agreed prices and discard nothing, then label fish with transparent information on impact. The number of UK small-scale fishers has dived from 10,000 to 2,500 in just ten years: as a Community Interest Company, Sole of Discretion is casting a lifeline to those who still employ sustainable practices, but are punished by unsustainable systems such as quotas, politics and markets.
This model was envisaged by a coalition of scientists, fishers, policy makers, restauranteurs, academics, ecologists and lawyers, and marine biology students continue to accompany boats. Their interdisciplinary solution is regenerating interdependent marine ecosystems that rely on the health of the whole – in a leap from the species- specific concerns of existing bodies like the MSC or MCS. As a result, Sole of Discretion is the only UK fishmonger with a Soil Association logo on its packaging, awarded for restoring flourishing communities above and below water.
Sustain is a powerful alliance of organisations and communities working together for a better system of food, farming and fishing. Together they advocate for policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, enrich society and culture, and promote equity.
The Landworkers’ Alliance
The Landworkers’ Alliance is a union of farmers, growers, foresters and land-based workers building an agroecological system that furthers social and environmental justice. They support people to work with dignity, earn a decent living,
and access local, healthy and affordable food, fuel and fibre.