Download a PDF version of A Growing Trade - a guide for community groups growing food to sell in our towns and cities
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The report shows examples of food that is being produced as close to the market place as possible and the opportunities for community food growing projects to make links more widely in the community as well as generate income to contribute towards project costs and to lift the ambitions of the people involved.
What can be more exciting and sustainable than buying vegetables and herbs grown by someone down the road? Having a chef serve fresh organic salad from a community food growing site harvested just hours before service? Buying delicious urban honey at a local farmers market? These are just some of the amazing examples of food that is being grown by local people in our towns and cities and sold to local people who are keen to buy it.
A Growing Trade looks at the nuts and bolts of how this can happen and the opportunities for community food growing projects to trade more of their own produce and, in doing so, get some independence (from short-term grants) and contribute to the economic vitality of their neighbourhood.
The report covers mainly fruit and vegetable cultivation and sales, as these are the most common crops produced in our town and cities. There are also fewer regulations governing their production and sale, than there are for livestock products. However, it also looks at examples of animal products including honey, eggs and fish being produced and sold in an urban environment.
Land issues for communities in cities growing and selling food
Jobs, apprenticeships and volunteers
Local investment in your venture
Finding customers and promoting what you do
Preparing produce to sell
What should you do with the money you make?
What kind of enterprise?
Directory of case studies
Funding and local food organisations
Photo credits and thanks