Promoting the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and community projects

Our History

August 2015

Louise Breinholt, Anne Thwaites and Debs Butler establish ‘We Are FoodPioneers CIC’  to support vulnerable groups living in poverty, connect community and celebrate the natural environment. A variety of projects are developed to educate, inform and create a buzz around food and nature.

Autumn 2016

The Last Fisherman Standing project runs for two years, to reclaim Worthing town’s rich fisheries heritage. Heritage lottery funding supports monthly fish cookery classes, beach fish BBQ’s, pop-up fish markets, seaweed foraging and community workshops.

Jan 2018

Neptune’s Larder celebrates seaweed, an ancient superfood and source of nutrition, sea and soil health. Seaweed is under serious threat, so awareness is raised through seaweed beach walks, cookery courses, pop up seaweed spas and products.

Spring 2018

The Cook&Share befriending initiative is launched in close partnership with Time to Talk, encouraging people to regularly share an extra portion of food, when cooking their family meal. People are matched with a neighbour in need for doorstep delivery.

May 2019

The Worthing Honey Collective, community supported beehive and pollination programme is created in response to the global honeybee decline. Worthing Leisure Centre apiary is established to increase vital pollinators in our neighbourhood.

June 2019

Algaenarium weekend extravaganza celebrates all things seaweed. Seaweed spa treatments and products, marine conservation talks and workshops, seashore walks, seaweed vendor stalls, DJ’s and bar, seaweed-infused fish n’ chips, beach fires and sea-swims!

Spring 2020

Batch Project delivers 1,000 freshly cooked meals to various shelters across Worthing throughout lockdown in 2020. Working with, and coordinating 8 local restaurants to recycle 1 tonne of food waste to help vulnerable people in our community.

Jan 2021

Bees&Seas phase 1 begins! One of our more ambitious projects to create a community beekeeping programme, pollination hub and educational training space in the heart of Brooklands Park, in partnership with Friends of Brooklands Park.

July 2021

Our first Junior Beekeeping Course is trialled with a 6-week course over the summer holidays for a selection of children from local schools. The children’s enthusiasm for learning was contagious and they confidently carried out their first hive inspection’s after 4 weeks!

Aug 2021

Our Bees&Seas Summer Event celebrates National Bee Day and the official opening of our ‘Bee World’ Brooklands Apiary. A 3-day series of family fun activities, shows, talks, school projects, and stalls to support and enhance the role of pollinators.

Dec 2021

Debs stands down as director, and passes the baton to Louise, Celine and Lisa to develop the vision well into the future. All projects are consolidated to focus on nature, born from a common passion to connect communities with pollinators, across the land and sea.

June 2022

The CIC is re-branded, and Pollinator Pioneers is launched. Our new mission is to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and community projects.