What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
Before it reaches your kitchen, food requires energy in the form of fertilisers, transport, cold storage and processing. Food prices are closely linked to energy prices and these are going up and becoming more and more volatile. Food production is also a major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions. Long or 'just in time' supply chains mean that food waste has become a major problem, even prior to purchase. Poor diet is a key factor in a variety of health problems faced by people in the UK today. Access to good quality fresh produce at a reasonable price is a real issue and localised food production can offer the answer to this.
Our solution is to grow and sell fresh produce closer to where it will be bought and sold and by using fewer artificial inputs. The shorter supply chain means we have very little transport and storage and along with few artificial inputs we can minimise our negative impact on the environment. It also means we can offer better value for money and far more stable food prices as we will have cut our reliance on energy prices which are out of our control. The best part is that we can will be able to offer the freshest and therefore the best tasting veg around!
How will you deliver this?
We are taking a disused 4 acre piece of land near the centre of Leicester, clearing it, levelling it and then constructing polytunnels. These will hugely extend our growing season and the range of produce we can offer. We will sell our produce on site to the public and invite local businesses to buy from us too.