Examining how professions, practitioners, communities and individuals are reacting to the wellbeing agenda, the Wellbeing 2013 Conference focused on asking a range of key questions, such as: Can we actually design for wellbeing? How do we experience personal wellbeing? How do existing approaches inform the overall agenda? Is it possible to embed wellbeing as an overarching policy aim?
Food and wellbeing are linked in many ways; from the simple nutritious pleasure of eating a fresh apple, to the vital income which that apple represents to the farmer who grew it. In recent years too many people have become disconnected from local food and farming, understandably attracted to the low costs and easy availability of globalised supermarket offerings. In Totnes we are fortunate to be surrounded by small scale growers, but these producers don’t always have the resources or time to find new customers. Local people may want buy more local food, but they can be put off by expectations of high costs and inconvenience.