About Me



I am Trish Cliff, the founder of TrishTravelFood. I am an urban food and vertical farming consultant. I travel, research, design urban edible spaces, grow food and cook.

I have twenty years of experience in research & consultancy to sit alongside an MSc in Responsible Tourism Management. As an active member of the Association for Vertical Farming (AVF) I am contributing to the AVF UK Policy Project Group and am a founding member of the UK Urban Ag Tech (UKUAT) organisation. I sit on the Feed Leeds committee and act as a core volunteer/strategist for a Leeds based Community Interest Company, Growing Better.  Most weekends I can be found talking with street food vendors and local food producers or visiting or volunteering at community gardens.

I started TrishTravelFood to research, explore, connect and transform people, places and edible spaces through travel and food. 

At TrishTravelFood, I believe that experiences around food and travel create positive human connections that are fulfilling, nourishing and regenerative. We need to realign our diets and food growing to what we can grow and harvest from the planet in a regenerative way.   I design, develop and pilot regenerative food growing projects, food trails and future food systems.

Trish is currently working on developing partnerships with:

  1. Regions, towns and cities – to create edible food trails to showcase urban food communities
  2. Farmers  – who want to know more about transforming unused buildings into vertical farms
  3. Local communities – to collaborate on projects to record, celebrate & showcase local and heritage cuisine and to design and work on community edible spaces
  4. Restaurants – looking to develop relationships between local farmers and chefs using produce that is nutritionally dense and produced using regenerative farming solutions


Please get in touch if you would like to talk about food! 

Email Trish[at]trishtravelfood.com

Projects I am involved in:

Association of Vertical Farming UK Policy Project Group (2017-ongoing)

Brussels Vertical Farming Workshop and ongoing Project Group, initially a 2-day workshop of a group of 30 motivated individuals facilitated to design a thriving local society around vertical farming at The Abbatoir, Brussels.

Head Grower for a Community Interest Company (ongoing), Growing Better. We undertook a proof of concept for a salad growing enterprise in 2016. In 2017, Growing Better have been trialling controlled environment agriculture for micro greens. In July/August 2017 we successfully crowdfunded over £20K to buy and kit out a shipping container to grow microgreens and herbs. This unique growing project is part of a development of a community of food projects at a site in Kirkstall, Leeds.

Leeds Food Partnership

LESSN – Leeds Edible Schools Sustainability Network: Growing Learning Sustaining. Trish attends as the growing expert to help with queries that attendees have with growing food in schools in Leeds.

Projects I have been involved in:

Association of Vertical Farming online AV-F Academy (2016-2017) Our mission is to be a platform where people can get access to informational and teaching material as both text and video content, distributed by our partners about vertical farming, hydroponics, permaculture, controlled environment agriculture, mushroom growing, aquaponics and insect farming.

Volunteer at Bedford Fields Community Forest Garden

Edible Growing Assistant at Leeds University Union, growing & harvesting food from a sustainable garden and a roof terrace salad garden

Social Impact Assessment (SIA) Applied Workshop: Gaudi Crypt, Colònia Güell, Barcelona – June 2016 A 3-day workshop project coordinated by Leeds Beckett University and Turisme de Barcelona. The aim of which was to produce a Draft Social Impact Management Plan (SIMP)for Gaudi Crypt and Colònia Güell, Barcelona. The plan was created following some face to face interviews with the principal stakeholders. This was followed by analysis of the interviews and the creation of a set of social impacts for the site. These effects were then prioritised and an engagement strategy for stakeholders created.

Research Paper for the Balkans Peace Park as co-author with Dr Simon Woodward – September 2015 A review of the tourism potential of the area around Lepushe & Vermosh in the Northern Albanian Alps or Malësia e Madhe (the Big Highlands). A week-long field visit took place in early August 2015 at the behest of the Balkan Peace Park Project (B3P), during which time two representatives of the Tourism Department at Leeds Beckett University interviewed some local businesses and other stakeholders about their experiences of tourism to date and their aspirations for the future.

The purpose of the paper was to advise B3P and its partners of some of the barriers facing the development of tourism in the area at present and of opportunities for developing tourism in the coming years.


Talks, Presentations & Workshops 

November 2017 Food Business Innovation Show as a volunteer exhibiting with the Association of Vertical Farming, talking with the rural community about vertical farming opportunities.

September 2017 Leeds Food Partnership Workshop

May 2017 – Presentation on, ‘Trish, Travel Food’, at the Leeds Beckett University, ‘Pioneering Responsible Tourism Practice’ conference

September 2016 – Presentation on, ‘Food Tourism’ at the Feed Leeds European Capital of Food Culture Seminar

October 2005 – Presentation with Linda Bloom to Association of Solution Oriented Counsellors & Hypnotherapists of Australia on ‘Flow.’