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.
Interested in local food?
Then this is to invite you to be a part of the steering group for the Market Harborough Food Hub, the first of its kind in Leicestershire! The steering group has been initially set up by a small group of Transition Town Market Harborough volunteers and we are hoping to add a few more members to this start up group.
What is a Food Hub?
A food hub is a place where the community can order produce from local producers rather than going to the supermarket, significantly lessening the food miles. A Food Hub operates via a website where their customers order their weekly shop and this is then delivered by the producers to a hub, where the food is either then collected or delivered to the customers. Most food hubs are not for profit organisations, so any profits made go straight back into the Food Hub to pay for its running costs. There are many different food hubs being run across the country already and one of the most well known is Stroud Co: http://www.stroudco.org.uk/
What are the benefits?
The benefits of a food hub are that you will be able to buy locally sourced produce, which isn’t easily available on the high street, allowing you to access high quality, local food with a low carbon footprint. It also provides the opportunity to buy local food at a more reasonable cost by cutting out the supermarkets.
How can I take part?
The steering group currently meet regularly on alternate Wednesday evenings in Market Harborough at our project office. If you would like to be a member of the steering group or would like further information, please contact me on the details below and I will let you know when the next meeting will take place.
Alternatively, if you are unable to give time to this project but are interested in becoming one of the first customers of the Food Hub once it is up and running, please register your interest by contacting me using the contact details below.
I hope to hear from you soon.
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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.