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On 26th June 2017 we successfully raised £4,163 with 96 supporters in 28 days

Join the Okehampton food revolution! Help us create a non-profit food hub and educational program for our community.

by Harvest Workers' Co-op in Okehampton, England, United Kingdom

Harvest Workers Co-op

The Harvest Workers Co-op started life as an idea between two local growers - Martin and Sara. Two years ago they took on a local farm shop that was closing down but were always keen to run it cooperatively. In the beginning of 2017 five more individuals - Jo, Kevin, Sophie, Liv and Henry - all passionate about local & sustainable food, joined to make what is now the Harvest Workers Co-op. 

As a co-op we want to help our community to access local, sustainable, nutritious and (of course!) delicious food. We are supporting our local producers that use organic and ecological methods, giving them a fair price as well as helping them build strong and resilient links to the local community. We want to increase awareness and understanding of the social, environmental and health issues around food and help build food sovereignty for our local community.

What are we doing?

The Harvest Workers Co-op will be running a farm shop in the heart of Okehampton, stocking local, organic, sustainable and ethically produced food. That is everything from fresh greens, wild foods, raw goats’ milk, eggs, delicious veggies, juicy fruits and much more. All will be sourced with both our customers and producers in mind. All our produce will be healthy, affordable and tasty!

We will be running a range of educational food events helping our community develop an understanding of the issues that surround food and farming. It will be anything ranging from discussions on food sovereignty, health and nutrition to the creation of sauerkraut and raised beds!

Why are we doing it?

We believe that working with others co-operatively is a strong and resilient model that is good for both the members and the local community. We also want to start a food conversation in Okehampton, to raise awareness of the issues that surround food and farming to hopefully create the foundations for change. Let's keep our town centre local, connecting local people to their local farmers, local educators and local food!

Help us make the vision a reality

We have a vision of building a strong food community in Okehampton, and we know the Harvest Workers Coop has a big part to play. However we need money to do this!

The farm shop is currently run by two of our members Martin and Sara. This crowd funder is key to transferring the running of the shop over to the Co-op.

What your money will do

1. Refit the shop

We need a makeover to help the farm shop work better for us all ; easier access, less clutter, educational displays, clearer labelling, greater storage, new equipment ; leading to better systems providing fresher food and up to date information.

We will purchase much needed equipment, such as the following:

  • Digital scales
  • Printer and other office equipment
  • New labelling
  • Trollies
  • Educational display
  • Touch screen
  • New laptop and software
  • Recipe stand
  • Info stand

2. Running costs

We need enough money to keep the shop fully stocked during the changeover period. After the initial handover, we will have time to become financially sustainable, and ensure we are open six days a week for our local community.

3. Set-up cost

That is anything from insurance for eduactional pursuits, to the training costs we need to be able to run the co-op the best we can, registration with companies house and buying the shop equipment from the current owners.

Find out more about us here http://www.harvestworkerscoop.org.uk/site/ 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A BIG thank you, a "Harvest Workers' Co-op" badge and our eternal gratitude!

£10 or more

5 of 10 claimed

£10 Reward

Sourdough starter, how to look after it and bread recipe card!

£10 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£10 Reward

Salad seed bomb!

£10 or more

4 of 6 claimed

£10 Reward

Kefir grains and instructions

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A BIG thank you, a thank you card and our eternal gratitude!

£15 or more

£15 Reward

5% discount on your first shop!

£15 or more

1 of 5 claimed

£15 Reward

Willow plant holder

£15 or more

£15 Reward

A 'Harvest Workers' Co-op' tote bag and a thank you card

£20 or more

4 of 4 claimed

£20 Reward

Pizza Evening at Down Farm, Winkleigh on 14 July 2017. Enjoy sourdough pizza, local beer, cider & wine, and entertainment including storytelling and music!

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Invite to our launch party!

£20 or more

5 of 10 claimed

£20 Reward

A bouquet of flowers from Hilton Organics (To be collected from Harvest Farm Shop, Okehampton)

£25 or more

£25 Reward

Your photo on our 'Wall of thanks' in our new shop!

£30 or more

£30 Reward

Tour of Exeter Growers Co-op, on the outskirts of Exeter

£30 or more

1 of 6 claimed

£30 Reward

Taster and Tour at Taw Valley Brewery

£50 or more

1 of 4 claimed

£50 Reward

A chosen loaf of sourdough bread every week for a month from white, wholemeal, rye or spelt or a mix! (To be collected from Harvest Farm Shop, Okehampton)

£50 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£50 Reward

Family Farm Walk with campfire cooking and storytelling - for a family of up to 6 people

£65 or more

1 of 6 claimed

£65 Reward

Introduction to fermenting workshop - Sauerkraut & Kefir

£70 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£70 Reward

Name our fridge! Our fridge will be named after you!

£70 or more

1 of 6 claimed

£70 Reward

Introduction to making sourdough bread morning. This includes looking after your starter, preparing the loaf, shaping, and baking.

£80 or more

0 of 6 claimed

£80 Reward

Wild Food farm walk and wild green smoothies tasting @ Hilltown Organics

£90 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£90 Reward

Upholstery workshop - bring your own project!

£150 or more

0 of 8 claimed

£150 Reward

Tour of Permaculture & art woodland project near Okehampton

£200 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£200 Reward

Winter weekend stay in The Shepherd's Hut at Walcot Hall in Shropshire (2 nights, 2 people)

£200 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£200 Reward

No-dig salad growing in a polyculture system. 1 -day intro course including lunch at Hilton Organics

£260 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£260 Reward

A choice of a two-night yoga retreat at Viveka Gardens Yoga, Devon.

£500 or more

£500 Reward

A Feast in the Field! Help harvest prepare and cook a seasonal summer menu and eat with the harvest team in a celebratory thank you meal.

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