Produced by José Luis Fajardo
The Local Veg Box operated from November 2012 – January 2015. The seeds of the community interest company were sown by a group of like-minds living in the Sustainable Housing community project in Manchester. They struck upon the idea that they could supply cheaper food to friends by buying in bulk, directly from local suppliers.
After several months cultivating relationships with suppliers at a nearby Manchester market, the concept of the social enterprise began to take shape. The business was legally formed in April 2013 and reached 100 customers per day (on one day of deliveries per week) in early 2014, selling a variety of different sized boxes of seasonal, locally-produced fruit and vegetables. In early 2014, several committed volunteers joined the team and the beginnings of a worker’s co-operative were initiated.
The community built up around the business was strong and often contributed to its strategic direction. The weekly veg packing mornings became a forum to connect with like-minds and share knowledge and energy surrounding the creation of a more sustainable food system and society in general.
In January 2015, The Local Veg Box team disbanded to follow solo passions. Last seen – they were traveling around South Europe, volunteering and making connections with land owners. The baton (leek) was passed on to another local veg enthusiast. You can see what they’re up to here.