In March 2017, we officially became incorporated into a Community Interest Company. Although The FFK began life in 2013 - we have always worked to a set of social enterprise ethics and good practice, putting profits back into the communities in which we work. So, it was a natural step to change our legal status to help us attract funding and investment. This will hopefully enable us to bring more of what we do to those who may benefit from it the most. Keeping the ethos of what we do alive in these communities - and long inspire our local children and their families.
In 2015 we won an Appetite for Change Award through Unltd, the leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in the UK. The award was to enable The Family Foraging Kitchen to begin our social enterprise programme, Free Food Forever. This programme enables us to provide free, funded spaces on each of our wild food and cookery walks for low income families and individuals struggling to afford fresh food. This teaches foraging skills and wild food cookery classes that revolutionise how people eat and source their own food. In 2017, we were awarded further investment from The Shackleton Foundation, allowing us not only the tools to provide free sessions in schools and colleges for children and young people - but to allow us more investment towards the Free Food Forever programme. We are forever grateful to our funders - and to our valued ticket paying customers who help to keep us sustainable as a business! Interested people wishing to apply for a funded space on our courses should call or email The Family Foraging Kitchen to receive a registration form via email or by post. For your free ticket you must be on a low or no income (on a household income of £17k or below) to qualify. Whilst we feel there should be no stigma or shame in finding yourself without cash flow (most of us have been there a fair few times!) we do appreciate how private these affairs are - so - no one knows who has paid and who hasn't on our walks - that's the beauty! So don't be shy! To email for your form today: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This was to create an intergenerational programme of courses to restablish connections between older and younger members of our communities across SE Cornwall and Plymouth. Re-ignite a passion for traditional skills and values. Meet and learn the traditional skills and heritage crafts of our elders (those age 50+ years) and to create employment oppurtunities for some of those individuals to teach their skills at our classroom base on the Rame Peninsula.
Families in Plymouth will benefit from free foraging courses thanks to investment delivered by Soup, the crowdfunding business event from GAIN at Plymouth University.
Social enterprise The Family Foraging Kitchen won against three other investment-hungry businesses at yesterday’s (May 10) event, which was sponsored by Francis Clark.
The investment secured through Soup will enable The Family Foraging Kitchen to run a series of free events to teach low income families in Plymouth how to collect and cook with free, wild food. To read more:
In 2013 we raised the funds through an online Kickstarter Campaign to purchase a mobile wild food space. The purpose of this was to bring wild food into communities, schools, colleges, charities, festivals and events - teaching our ethos that you really can find Free Food Forever.
We are based on the beautiful Rame Peninsula in South East Cornwall. You can choose from hedgerow walks with stunning sea views, coastal walks that finish on the wonderful Cornish shoreline, woodland walks and even discover what's hidden in the wild urban landscapes of our nearest city, just across the water - Plymouth. We range in price from our popular monthly wild food walks (with a cookery class using the wild produce we've collected at the end also included!) for just £25 an adult and children go free. Bespoke private walks can be arranged at any time (and location of your choosing) - and we also offer exciting packages tailored for honeymooners and corporate team building days etc (please see the relevant pages on this site!). We also run courses in traditional countryside crafts - such as bee keeping, willow weaving and working with wild game.
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