About Me

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

Trish is a member of the Association for Vertical Farming (AVF) contributing to the AVF UK Policy Project Group. Trish sits on the Feed Leeds committee and is Head Grower for a Leeds based Community Interest Company ), Growing Better.  Most weekends Trish 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.

Trish has a simple plan to travel slowly and to change the narrative around the current food system. Along the way, I look forward to working with and listening to local food producers, cooks and community food growing projects. I will collect and share stories and case studies while learning about the culture, heritage and the future of food.

At TrishTravelFood, I believe that food as medicine, travel and storytelling create positive human connections that are fulfilling, nourishing and regenerative. We need to realign our diets to what we can grow and harvest from the planet in a regenerative way. I am seeking communities, accommodation providers and restaurants wanting to produce food projects.  The aim is to design regenerative food growing projects and systems. And to discover the stories about the people and places who live in them.  Where possible, I will source and /or forage the ingredients locally from community growing projects and then cook a recipe to showcase the system in place.

Trish is currently working on developing partnerships with:

  1. Accommodation providers – to design regenerative edible spaces that input into CSR
  2. Tour operators – to formulate responsible guidelines for food tours
  3. Regions, towns and cities – to create sustainable food systems, edible food trails and to showcase local produce and share the backstory
  4. Local communities – to collaborate on projects to record & showcase local and heritage cuisine and to design edible spaces
  5. Restaurants – to develop relationships between local farmers and chefs looking for produce that is nutritionally dense and produced using regenerative farming solutions.

COMING SOON – FOOD TOURS!

Trish has twenty years of experience in research & consultancy to sit alongside an MSc in Responsible Tourism Management.

Please get in touch if you would like to talk about food! I can help to design an edible space or food trail for your town or city or help share your local and heritage recipes.

Email me at 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 a growing expert to help with queries that schools have about growing food.

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.

Edible Growing Assistant at University of Leeds, 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.

Publications

Pure Growth for Reflexologists – Pure Growth Books (2008)

“Now the same holistic approach you use to treat your clients is the key to building a thriving, profitable reflexology practice. Pure Growth connects you with all your unique talents, skills, life goals and inner wisdom to successfully grow your practice into the authentic and profitable profession you want it to be.”

Talks, Presentations & workshops 

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.’