Ahead of the launch of the revamped Food Coops Toolkit, experts from food co-ops across the country share their experiences.
The Food Co-op Network has been running for over a decade and during this time has helped co-ops find ways to bring healthy affordable food into their neighbourhoods. To celebrate this we've talked to some of the wonderful people running community-based co-ops, shops, buying groups and other food enterprises, all working tirelessly to promote a better, more transparent and ethically sourced food system.
From long established groups to newer start-ups, read about their experiences of starting a food co-op, why they decided to get involved, and any hurdles they faced along the way. These co-ops include Arthur St Trading Company, the long-established workers' co-op providing veg boxes in and around Hull, as well as South London's Naked Larder, striving to bring affordable and healthy food to the community without the wasteful packaging. Check out these inspiring stories and many more here.
These groups are also featured on our new and improved Food Co-ops Map, where you can find our growing network of co-ops nationwide, including wholefood shops, market stalls, food hubs and more. The handy interactive map lets you see what’s going on in your area and beyond. You can also add your own entry if you want to spread the word about your good food enterprise.
The Food Co-ops project, run by Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming, has been building this network of fantastic food co-ops since 2008. We want to showcase the amazing work that they do to provide good food affordably and sustainably right across the country.
Feeling sufficiently inspired? Why not check out the Food Co-ops Toolkit. It has all the practical information you need to kick-start your new venture.
Food co-ops: Building a network of community food co-ops and food buying groups across the UK to help new groups get off the ground and existing groups to thrive.
Sustain member CSA Network UK is offering mentoring opportunities for both those new to community...
New research shows that food hubs are thriving and they are helping people get access to good,...
The CSA Network have received funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to continue...
The first five student-led food enterprises supported by Sustain’s Food Co-ops Network, were...
CSA Network UK celebrates its last two years growing the community supported agriculture (CSA)...
Your donation will help us support communities to set up and run food coops and buying groups across the UK to improve access to healthy food.
Reports from Government suggest they are preparing to break from EU food safety rules at a...
The Climate Change Committee report 'Land Use: Policies for a Net Zero UK' is out today (23...
A key focus this year is helping people to bake a better future, one loaf at a time.
Get your exclusive, limited-edition Real Bread t-shirts, aprons and mugs!
Special offers for Real Bread Week and beyond on classes, ingredients, equipment and more!
The Green House
244-254 Cambridge Heath Road
London E2 9DA
Sustain advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, promote equity and enrich society and culture.