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