For Better Food Traders
Your membership application will take less than 20 minutes if you know your fruit and veg sales data. Once this is completed and successfully submitted, you'll be invited to our membership forum. We'll send you more information about becoming accredited at this point. To complete the accreditation application you’ll need accurate figures for fruit and veg purchases from suppliers and written documentation of your mission to support agroecological/organic farmers and growers through your buying policy.
You will hear from us within a fortnight of applying for membership, and if your application is successful, we'll welcome you to our online network forum at this stage. The next step, of accreditation, is awarded by a panel who meet at least 3 times during the year.
Ways Better Food Traders do business differently include:
If they are a veg scheme, they'll have flexible collections - customers collect weekly from pick-up points in local businesses and
venues such as pubs, libraries, cafes, health food shops and community centres. [We like click and collect!]
Supporting the micro-economy - BFTs employ local people, keeping money within the local
economy and providing living wage jobs. They are often social enterprises so any profits go to furthering the goals of sustainable localized food such as creating urban farms.
Reducing food waste at both ends of the supply chain - Working directly with small-scale farms means only exactly what is needed is harvested for that week. Surplus or
uncollected veg, as well as donations of veg, are given to local homeless shelters, food banks and migrant centres. For example Local Greens, with the support of their customers, in South London worked with local organisations to provide over 200 families with food parcels for Christmas (2019).
Working with urban growers - Urban and peri-urban growers can struggle to find a market for their produce but Better Food Traders can provide a guaranteed income and are best placed to deal with the smaller quantities that they have to offer. See how this works at https://www.growingcommunities.org/food-growing