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The Food Life, a cross sectoral partnership of growers, farmers, processors, retailers, restaurants, chefs and food trucks with  community groups, public sector and voluntary sector are attempting to join up the food system in Angus. We are registered with the Financial Conduct Authority as a Community Benefit Society, a business structure democratically owned by its members and designed to benefit the wider public.

Founding Members

Jillian McEwan, owner at Myreside Farm Produce and former owner of Fresh Food Express 

Jillian is a passionate promoter of local produce as well as a true innovator through her development of enterprises new to the Angus scene of asparagus, goats and honey berries.  She has excellent creative marketing expertise which she shares enthusiastically with other local business.

Anne Thomson, Chair of The Food Life & MD of Ella Drinks & Bouvrage

Local produce activist, Anne has been producing delicious juices from fruits grown in Angus for decades. Harvesting heritage apples which would normally be wasted and our wonderful soft fruit, Anne creates juices with no sugar, additives or preservatives. Anne has devoted much time to helping businesses, citizens and growers access local food.

Kathryn Baker, Secretary & Partner in Sacred Grounds Coffee Company

Following 20 years in the hospitality industry, Kathryn, and partners launched Angus' only speciality coffee roastery in 2015. Kathryn's mission is to educate Scotland on the wonders of ethically sourced lightly roasted coffee and promote a culture of coffee drinking in our nation.

Melanie Coleman, Owner of greengrocers Clementine of Broughty Ferry

After 23 years as a registered nurse, Melanie ran her own business and is now running her own local greengrocers. Always keen on good food, she has become increasingly interested in the politics of food, the problem of food poverty, the environmental impact of how food is grown and how to break down the barriers to food, whether it be lack of knowledge of food, access to food or the ability to cook food. Believing access to good healthy food is a human right she hopes The Food Life can make that right more a reality.

Become a member

  Learn how you can be involved with local food.

  Get news about food businesses and farms and allotments in your inbox every month.

  Get your business or organisation listed in the Angus Local Food Map resource directory.  Sell more stuff!  (coming soon)

  Find collaboration partners and resources for your projects.

Who We Are

What We Do

Our Values

We are mums, dads, food artisans, processors, distributors, teachers, students, researchers, activists, chefs, caterers, restaurateurs, farmers, growers, public servants, food trucks

We are members because we believe that by working together, we can all prosper.

We run events and other networking activities. 

We aim to set up cooking clubs and urban and rural growing projects, kitchens, freezers, further processing to reduce waste, cafe and retail for wider access for all.

To build this website into a useful resource on where good food is and where good food people are, enabling purchase and transport.

To provide support to developing farmers and food businesses

We value integrity, creativity, grit, and inclusiveness... and we like to have fun!

We work hard and look forward to a bright future.  We hope you'll join us to create an Angus-grown food system.

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