About Better Food Traders
We all know the food system isn’t working – but isn’t hard to know what to do about it?
Well, Hackney-based Growing Communities did do something about fixing the food system. And twenty years on, their ground breaking organic veg scheme, farmers’ market and growers apprenticeships are feeding the inner city with local, delicious, organic fruit and veg. By paying a fair price direct to organic farmers, they’ve created a vibrant local food economy that’s good for growers, good for consumers and great for the planet.
Since 2009 they’ve been helping other social entrepreneurs and community groups across the UK to set up community-led veg schemes based on Growing Communities’ successful model.
Together, we’re the Better Food Traders.
We’re governed by a set of key principles that ensure the food we trade is farmed sustainably, the way we trade is fair to farmers and transparent to our customers, that we are building community and helping to inspire and drive change in the food system and the wider world.
The Better Food Traders all take part in a Start-Up Programme developed by Growing Communities. This includes training, mentoring, specially designed materials and web-tools to help groups plan, launch and run their Better Food Trader businesses. Find out more about how to become a Better Food Trader here.
So whether you’re buying a Better Food Traders veg bag or running a Better Food Traders fruit and veg scheme – it’s good to know you’re fixing the food system one bag at a time.
Get involved today and find out how good change can taste!
We’re working to make our food system more sustainable and resilient in the face of climate change. We want to work with 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.
Between us, we can share learning, inspire more people, give ourselves a louder voice and bring about more change for the better.
Julie Brown, Growing Communities