VISIONARY Webinar – How to: Increasing producer capacity within local food supply systems


11 – 12:30h CET

10 – 11:30h UTC

Platform: MS-Teams (you will receive the meeting link upon registration)

In today’s fast-paced world, the development of robust local food systems faces numerous challenges, including financial constraints, organisational hurdles, and skill deficiencies. Discover the key findings from the VISIONARY project, as we delve into the real experiences of practitioners grappling with these obstacles on-the-ground. Rachael Forster from Tamar Grow Local, UK, shares an inspiring journey with the ‘Farmstart Project.’ Learn how this initiative, launched in 2015, is empowering new growers with starter horticultural units, technical expertise, and access to local markets through a dynamic food hub. Journey to Poland with Ruta Śpiewak as she gives insight into the food cooperative movement in Poland and the establishment of an umbrella organisation to streamline local cooperative efforts. Gain invaluable insights into the role of producer organisations, transferrable across various European landscapes.

Connect, Learn, and Empower:
Whether you’re in the business sector, public administration, or the science community, this webinar promises actionable strategies to catalyse change in your local food ecosystem. Register now to secure your spot and be part of the movement towards sustainable, community-driven food systems.


  • Alex Inman & Mingyuan Chen, University of Exeter, VISIONARY researchers (facilitators)
  • Rachael Forster, Tamar Grow Local CIC, UK
  • Ruta Śpiewak, Department of Rural Sociology, Institute of Rural and Agricultural Development of the Polish Academy of Sciences