Potato Project


£10 for 10 kilos of potatoes – 8 donated directly to people in need.


UPDATE: May 28Since we were first contacted by the local farmer who had a glut of potatoes and wanted to help the city on April 5th, 2020.  Slow Food Birmingham and Eat Make Play volenteers have sorted and distributed almost 11 tonnes of potatoes to people in food crisis or as “2kg reward” potatoes to the hundreds of people across the city.



Next week we will send the last of the reward potatoes to people. And then our volunteers are in need of a break – but we will be back !

We hope you have enjoyed your reward spuds and the new Slow Food Birmingham tote bags. We look forward to seeing on social media where they visit. Tag us @slowfoodbrum when you are at markets, farm shops or other places you can buy food that has a good clean and fair ethos.

If you would still like to support the project please email us at eventsandprojects.slowfoodbrum@gmail.com  we will let you know when we are ready to buy some more potatoes direct from growers who have been left with a glut and how you can support the project to feed people in need.

Many of you have chosen to donate the full 10kg – this has made a massive difference to the number of people our project has been able to help. We have also bought directly from two local farmers who were struggling because of covid sales drop.




Slow Food supporters around the world have a common desire to see a better and fairer food system.

Covid-19 is tearing apart the world as we know it, and as families are struggling to feed themselves, many people are being forced to change the way they shop and cook.

Slow Food Birmingham has seen our Local and Seasonal JQ Food Hub inundated with new orders, and many of our Slow Supporter businesses are working round the clock to support a wider community.

A friend of Slow Food Brum The Real Junk Food Project has teamed up with The Active Wellbeing Society to spearhead an emergency food response across Birmingham; the demand is huge and we believe the ‘Potato Project’ can play a part.

And we are working on the Potato Project.

Charlie, a farmer north of the city, had a field full of spuds and no prospect of selling them because of the drop in trade in the hospitality sector. This is a significant issue occurring in our food supply chain as a direct result of the disruption caused by Covid-19.

To make sure he can grow next season’s crop and remain viable, Charlie needs to dig up the potatoes and find new customers fast or let them rot and add to the growing numbers of food that is wasted, before it can be eaten.

We are working with Eat Make Play to move the potatoes into the emergency food system, but we also want to pay the farmer a fair price for his crop.

So, here’s our solution to support Charlie, the emergency food system and of course find a small way of thanking you!

10kg of potatoes for £10

10kg is an awful lot of spuds for any household. So we’re asking you, to donate eight of those kilos to the emergency food system, to help feed people who are struggling to feed themselves. We will send your 2 reward kilos to various pick-up locations across the city.

2 kilos = for you

8 kilos = for those in need in our city

We have 10 tonnes of potatoes to move through the Potato Project. That means we need about 1,000 people to “chip” in to make this project a reality and ensure at least 8,000kg of potatoes can be made available for the emergency food system.

Given the current travel restrictions, we are working hard to ensure you won’t have to travel too far from home to collect your potatoes. There will be multiple pick-up points in and around Birmingham and there will also be some additional locations in the wider West Mids.

Our immediate priority is to move the potatoes from Charlie’s field and into the emergency food system. We will then aim to deliver your 2kg reward potatoes within the next few weeks. Your support is much appreciated and we promise to keep you updated with our progress.

Some contributors have asked if they can also donate their 2kgs of potatoes into the emergency food system rather than collecting them. We can of course accommodate this if you’d prefer. We simply ask that you reply to this email letting us know you’d like to donate your 2kgs and we’ll take care of the rest.


For everyone else we’ll be in touch with details of how to collect your potatoes as soon as we have our pick up locations confirmed.





Slow Food recognizes there are many ways to protect and build our food future to give everyone access to Good Clean & Fair food.

These are just a few of our themes …

Menu for Change: Food and Climate Change 

Locally, Slow Food is actively lobbying our local and national governments to act quickly to legislate the changes needed to halt Climate Change. As a non-partisan group, we want our governments to be held accountable for their promises. We also understand we all have an obligation to work to change our future, especially, as we must acknowledge that food production creates 25% of greenhouse gasses. Slow Food believes the first step we can all make is to buy local, seasonal food, find out where and how your food is grown. we also believe that the lobby for eliminating single-use plastics is essential.

In October Slow Food Birmingham will be hosting our second Menu for Change week of dinners. Designed to prompt you to think about the changes you can make on a daily basis. We will bring together some of Birmingham’s most brilliant chefs as we meet, eat and talk about the issues for food in a climate-aware world. sign up to our newsletter for more details closer to the date.

Food Waste is a major contributor to those greenhouse gasses and food poverty is a real thing not just in emerging economies but in Britain, 12% of children fall under the poverty line. Our members work with groups like The Real Junk Food Project Birmingham, Fare Share and Food Cycle to redistribute surplus and creat food dignity where possible.

Working alongside Jules Todd from Climate Action West Midlands, Slow Food Birmingham chair, Kate Smith has convened a network of people who want to see the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games be delivered as “green” as possible with a sustainable legacy for our community. The Green Games coalition has 120 plus members and is working across many sectors, not just with food. To join this mailing list and learn more about this lobby group contact greengames2022@gmail.com.

Reduce and eliminate single-use plastics. We have worked with Eco Birmingham to promote the Refill campaign to stop selling water but instead to offer free refills. there is an app for smartphones, which means no matter where you are, you will never be thirsty and have a need to buy a single-use bottle. Moreover, we encourage you to stop to eat and drink, celebrate it as part of life’s rituals that build good mental health and community bonds not just fule for our bodies. We actively encourage members to talk to food outlets about reducing single-use produce. The Clean Kilo, Birmingham’s first packaging-free supermarket is a Slow Food supporter, and the new Slow Food Hub – JQ is working to limit the use of single-use where possible.

Ark of Taste and Chef Alliance

The Ark of Taste is Slow Food’s international virtual ark of food in danger of extinction. We believe that biodiversity plays a large part of a healthy plant, it also celebrates the unique differences of regions and countries. The foods and processes included in the ark are part of small-scale productions that belong to the cultures, history, and tradition of the entire planet.  They are in danger of being lost if we don’t use them. You can help by asking your providors to source and supply local foods in the ark.

The Ark of Taste programme is a catalogue of exceptional gastronomic products in danger of disappearance due to current food production and distribution systems. The UK currently has 80 products listed, while the international Ark of Taste boasts over 4,000 products from more than 100 countries. Slow Food in the UK has developed the Chef Alliance to engage British chefs in actively supporting our aims by championing small scale producers, good quality local and sustainably produced food. We encourage our chefs to use seasonal ark of taste in their menus and with this help the producers to defend our edible biodiversity.

There are currently more than 4500 items in the Ark and over 150 foods in the UK on the list and it’s growing every day. Birmingham has nominated our local salt producer Droitwich Saltworks, as they have revived a salt that once held the Kings warrant.

Locally we are working to identify food and production methods that need to be included. If you can help please contact us.

Chef Alliance members work closely with many of these products and producers.

Learn more here...


The Slow Food Chef Alliance is a network of chefs, all working with local, seasonal and biodiverse foods. They feature the Ark of Taste produce and championing their producers. Around the world, there are more than 400 chefs, from restaurants, bistros, street kitchens, and schools, including United Kingdom, Albania, Italy, the Netherlands, Mexico, USA, Canada, Morocco …

The work of these chefs, by supporting small producers, make them the custodians of our biodiversity. By using seasonal products from the Ark of Taste, as well as local fruits, vegetables and cheeses, in their kitchens, they uphold the ethos of Good, Clean and Fair.

By adding the names of producers to their menus, chefs to give visibility to their work. We encourage the Alliance chefs to travel, meet with one another, participate in events and cook together.

We encourage more Birmingham chefs to work with us, learn about our Ark of Taste and join the international ranks of the Chef Alliance.


See the Birmingham members of The Chef Alliance here …



The protection of bees and the creation through our cities of bee superhighways is also part of Slow Food work, several local members are beekeepers. We also lobby on an international level to ban Gyysophate – aka Round up. To read more about the importance of bees and the products see what Slow Food member The Bee Farmer has to say.


Coming soon more about …..

  • Family farming.
  • Food waste.
  • Land grabbing.
  • Slow Meat.
  • Slow Cheese
  • Slow Fish


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