The local food hub concept that our volunteers have been working on as part of the Sustainable Harborough project (www.sustainableharborough.co.uk) has now got a name.
For those of you who are not local LE16 is the main Market Harborough postcode outer. There is a holding website that has been generously designed gratis by Gordon Blunt and it is being hosted equally gratis by Codestring, a software development house in the Harborough Innovation centre. Please visit :
If you are interested in local food, be it buying or supplying then please get in contact through Jo Sharman who is the coordinating officer with the Sustainable Harborough project.
Considering the stories that will drive our project
Last night was our first meeting of our Local food hub work group, a team of volunteers aided by our project manager Gavin Fletcher, wrote out a series of user stories to describe processes and features of our proposed local food hub. The stories are all written from the perspective of different users of the system, a process often used in Agile development environments.
We aim to meet every two weeks and our next step is to get some local food producers to attend our meetings and give their perspective of how the system should work.
Local food hubs are not new with StroudCo and DE4 being notable examples along with a fast growing movement across the world. These projects have all written their own software solutions and admit that there are many limitations and bugs. It is our objective to create a platform that will work well for all and bring our local producers in contact with their local customers.
Great progress was made a this meeting by our core volunteers Gillian Baverstock, Dr Judith Egan, Sue Hambleton and of course myself Darren Woodiwiss and we look foward to meeting with a growing food hub group in the future.