Food Waste

Our approach

Model Farm makes use of its own farm produce whenever it can. Food waste from other sources, that would otherwise be consigned to landfill or compost can be used as additional animal feed, when appropriate.

Food Waste is being looked at seriously by different sectors of the community. Tons of food is being recovered and put to good use instead of just being thrown away. The amount of plastic and packaging wrapping this food is enormous and exposes the problems of non compostable products.

Our farming system aims to enhance consumer health so some farm food waste like our leftover apples are ideal for feeding to our pigs. However, no processed food or food from commercial kitchens can go into our pigs feed.  Pigs will eat anything so we carefully monitor the food waste we use for pig feed to avoid plastic and other packaging. Overripe fruit is often consigned  to food waste and these can make an useful addition to the diet of our pigs.

The Sustainable Food Trust

work to accelerate the transition to more sustainable food and farming systems that nourish the health of both people and planet. To achieve this, we work catalytically and collaboratively, with an emphasis on communication, education and thought leadership.

The Real Junk Food Project

From one humble Armley cafe set up in 2013 by founders Adam and Johanna, in five years this project has grown into an organic global network and inspired over 120 projects in 7 countries. TRJFP has saved 5000 tonnes of food, the equivalent of 11.9 million meals.


is the UK’s national network of charitable food redistributors, made up of 17 independent organisations. Together, we take good quality surplus food from right across the food industry and get it to almost 11,000 front-line charities and community groups.