Strengthening our 
Angus grown economy
.... together!

Please JOIN US today!

Please bear with us while we
build this website

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 no 7510, a business structure democratically owned by its members and designed to benefit the wider public.

Team members



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.


Derek Harper, Rejuvenate & Eden Project Community Activist

Derek is a community facilitator with Rural Wisdom who has a wide range of working experience in the Brechin community but importantly has found great purpose and success in volunteering and leading community progress.  Derek wants to share as widely as possible how food can be that catalyst to connect so much in a community and spark positive change. 


Stephanie Cessford, Angus Horticulture

Steph currently works at Angus Horticulture Ltd, although her  background is in ecology research. Her husband is an arable farmer and she has a great respect for those who spend their lives working the land and producing food. She is  passionate about the environment, health, good food, community and sustainability and believes these things are intrinsically linked.

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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