Vix Hill-Ryder is the Founder and Chief Director of the Family Foraging Kitchen CIC, an award winning social enterprise that provides wild food education through foraging walks, cookery classes and courses in traditional countryside craft. A percentage of profit made from ticketed walks and courses allow the Family Foraging Kitchen to provide a programme called ‘Free Food Forever’. This offers wild food and cookery knowledge, for free, to those experiencing local food poverty and malnutrition in the communities in which they work.
Vix firmly believes that all people should have access to wild food education and the confidence to harvest nutritious, sustainable, local, fresh food. This knowledge begins at home and in our schools where children and young people from low income families find it increasingly challenging to be nourished with fresh produce. The Shackleton Leadership Award will enable Vix and her team to deliver programmes within local primary and secondary schools, two home school educator groups and for families living in low income areas of SE Cornwall and Devon. This will provide a valuable tool box for participating young people with the ability to be able to have fresh food, for free, forever. The Family Foraging Kitchen works to directly inspire children, young people, their families and the wider community in food acquisition, education and empowerment.