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Free online cookery course for young adults of Chichester, in a collaboration between UKHarvest and The Novium Museum

Young adults in the Chichester District are invited to take part in a free online cooking event in collaboration with UKHarvest and The Novium Museum.

With thanks to funding from South Downs National Park Authority and in celebration of the new exhibition 'From Field, to Fork, to Lockdown' at The Novium Museum, the NourishEd Team from UKHarvest will be delivering a free, online cook-along event. This will be open to residents of the Chichester District aged between 16 and 25 years old.

Running on Wednesday 16 and 23 June, these fun interactive live cook-alongs are designed to help budding chefs develop essential skills in the kitchen.

During these sessions, participants will learn to cook delicious dishes that are made from using local and seasonal produce, while minimising food waste in the home. The locally sourced meat has kindly been donated by Goodwood Home Farm and is included free with every booking.

'From Field, to Fork, to Lockdown', which is open now at The Novium Museum, looks at farming within the South Downs and how it has changed over the years, from the farming practices of ancient communities through to farming in the 21st century. It also explores how global food demand, technology and the recent global pandemic have impacted on farming today, as well as what we as a community can do to help support the local farming industry.

Donna Martin, Education Facilitator at UKHarvest, says "We are really thrilled to be working with The Novium Museum on this exciting project, with its strong focus on providing education linking 'field to fork', supporting young people to understand that connection and demonstrating how you can create a wonderful meal by sourcing locally farmed and seasonal produce".

Liz Woodsell, UKHarvest COO says, "The demand on our services has grown exponentially over the last year, supporting those who continue to face challenges through lockdown restrictions. We continue to focus on the health and wellbeing of the people in our community, introducing new, fun and educational learning activities based around food and nutrition".

Councillor Roy Briscoe, Cabinet Member for Community Services and Culture at Chichester District Council, says, "We are so pleased to be collaborating with UKHarvest on this fantastic initiative. We hope that these sessions will inspire young people in our community to get creative in the kitchen by exploring simple techniques to create tasty and nutritious meals within a budget, as well as supporting our local farmers by shopping locally. We would like to thank the South Downs National Park Authority for supporting this project."

To find out more about taking part in the live cook-along, and for details on how to book, visit: www.thenovium.org/cookalong. The sessions are free of charge and booking in advance is essential. Please note that participants will be required to collect their ingredients from The Novium Museum on the day of their booked session.

'From Field, to Fork, to Lockdown' is open now at The Novium Museum. Admission to the museum is free, with donations gratefully received. For further details of the exhibition, its location and timings, please visit: www.thenovium.org