Bring more locally and sustainably produced food to your community - and create local jobs
Growing Communities' Start-up Programme works with groups across the UK to help them set up community-led box schemes based on Growing Communities' successful model. To date, nine community-led box schemes are now trading after joining our Start-up Programme: Burnley Crop Share, Let's Eat Local, Moffat, Local Greens, Herne Hill, London, the Windmill Community Box scheme, Margate, Vegbox, Kentish Town, London, Field to Fork, Kensal Rise,London Cropdrop in Haringey, Enfield Veg Co, London and Organic Ilford, London.
"We believe that community-led box schemes are key to making our food system more sustainable and resilient in the face of climate change and resource depletion," says Julie Brown, Growing Communities' director. "We set up our box scheme over 18 years ago to provide our community with a way of sourcing local organic food and to direct money from this community to the small farmers and growers who are farming in a more sustainable way. Along the way we’ve also created jobs here in Hackney and generated the income to allow us to start other projects to change our food system – including our urban food growing and our farmers’ market. We are now looking for other people who are passionate about providing their communities with real alternatives that make a direct link between those communities and the people producing their food".
The Growing Communities' Start-Up programme includes training, specially designed materials and web-tools for groups taking part in the programme. We have a dedicated Start-Up website to show groups who are interested in joining the programme what is involved and how they can get started. For more details of the programme please go to the Growing Communities' Start-Up website.
Or watch a short presentation given by Julie at the Transition Network's Reconomy day, explaining our community-led model and the Start-up Programme.
Growing Communities' Start-Up Programme has received funds from the UnLtd Millennium Awards Scheme, the Tudor Trust, the Local Food Fund and Urban Food Routes.