Looking for a Plot

Started by Ray and Darren Marshall-Sewell. Last reply by Ray and Darren Marshall-Sewell Feb 7. 2 Replies

Good Evening All.We have been refused a local allotment is Wells (Wookey Hole).We are keen to find a plot somewhere that we can use to grow food etc. Happy for it to be a share etc.Can anyone help…Continue

Connect with your community

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Older people living in care are twice as likely to experience loneliness as those in the community.We are looking for friendly volunteers with an interest in helping others to gardening, to support…Continue

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Can You Help Combat Loneliness?

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Growing Support are looking for friendly volunteers with interests in gardening and supporting people, to help older people and people with dementia take part in gardening activities.  You will…Continue

Join our volunteers!

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We're looking for friendly volunteers to join our team working hard to enable people with dementia to stay physically and socially active.Join us and make a valuable contribution to your community,…Continue

Local Food Cooperatives

Many people would like to buy organic or local produce but find it too expensive or difficult to find. Setting up a food buying cooperative can be an excellent solution.

What is a food buying cooperative?

Elderflowers Food Co-op Local<br /> ProduceA food buying cooperative consists of a group of people - often friends, neighbours, work colleagues or perhaps a club - who get together to buy produce wholesale from a producer. The goods are then sold on to the cooperative members at cost price. Belonging to a food cooperative helps you have a say in the quality and variety of produce you are buying. The running of the cooperative also provides an opportunity to learn new skills.

A food buying cooperative is therefore a great way to access health, unusual or wholesome foods at low prices. Anybody can set one up and you may be able to obtain a grant to get started.

How does a food buying cooperative work?

Every cooperative operates slightly differently - each set up to suit its members needs. Some concentrate on purchasing specific foods e.g. Fresh vegetables, while others buy in a wide variety of produce. Some cooperatives link up with a local school, village hall or club in order to use a community building for the the distribution of produce on delivery day. Others organise a home delivery rota.

Producer cooperatives

Many smaller producers find belonging to a cooperative a more successful and cost effective way of working.

What is a producer cooperative?

It is a group of producers who work together, often over a particular aim or function. For example, producers may form a cooperative in order to jointly order materials or packaging, share equipment and market or distribute produce.

This set up is very advantageous for each individual producer as it cuts down transport costs, enables bulk purchasing, opens up new marketing opportunities and provide access to specialised staff or equipment.

How is a producer cooperative formed?

There are many different ways to form a cooperative. Many have structured legal format and many work as a single company under a cooperative name. See the resources section for organisations that can support with starting and structuring a cooperative.

Inspiring examples in Somerset

Elderflowers food cooperative

Elderflowers food cooperative in Langport is open every Friday from 5 - 7.30 at Eli's (the Rose and Crown) in Huish. You can buy fresh organically and locally grown veg, Fairtrade fruit, eggs, preserves and dried foods such as pasta, rice, porridge oats.

Vikings Veg, Watchet

Vikings Veg is a Food Cooperative based at the Little Vikings Children's Centre in Watchet, West Somerset providing about 25 boxes of fruit and veg each week to the families and the local community. More.


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