The 2022 Love Local, Trust Local Awards are now closed for entries; founder Barbara Cossins reminds us all that supporting local producers is vital
The extreme heat we’ve all endured has meant a very challenging summer for all our farmers and UK food producers. I know from personal experience that we breathed a huge sigh of relief on the farm when the harvest finished and we knew we had made it through with no major fires & all our animals surviving the heat.
A social award
All of us here at Love Local have been busy wrestling with Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook – social media is essential for any modern organisation to communicate – working hard on our content as we gather in all the entries for the 2022 LLTL Awards.
Throughout October and November our wonderful sponsors will be busy judging and, as you can imagine, Tasting Day is one of the best parts of the job!
A big thank you must go to all of our Dorset enable these awards to happen. Being a self-funded not-for-profit organisation is always challenging, of course, but now moreso than ever when everyone is thinking about budgets and trying to save money wherever they can. The fact that our loyal sponsors continue to support us year after year shows us just how important it is that we keep on sending out the message to eat and support local.
With rising bills and the onset of huge fuel price increases for all of us, there is no better time to be championing our local food producers, farmers and fishermen. Our own mission is of course to let consumers know what is being produced right here in Dorset. But in a very real sense, if everyone supported just one local producer occasionally, the cumulative effect really would make a massive difference to both the local economy and to the environment.
We need to grow food for everyone’s table and keep our carbon footprint down whenever we can.
We thank all of the entrants for taking the time to fill out their forms – the judges look forward to meeting you all. Good luck with your entries, and we look forward to telling your stories.