Nature's Nutrition Co-operative

by Extinction Rebellion North Devon in Bideford, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 31st January 2017 we successfully raised £10,298 with 159 supporters in 56 days

To enable the continued growth of our local health food shop and for it to become a project run by the community, for the community.

by Extinction Rebellion North Devon in Bideford, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

One step at a time.... But Nature's Nutrition Co-operative has BIG DREAMS! 

We would like to see a thriving Community well-being hub including a Juice Bar and regular Healthy Eating Workshops, among other things! Any extra funding received will kick-start our big vision and go directly into expanding what we can offer to the Community.


Can you help us make our vision come to life?

Nature’s Nutrition is an independent health food shop in Mill Street, Bideford, North Devon. The shop closed it’s doors in December because the owners could no longer run the business due to personal circumstances.

A group of the passionate customers have stepped in to save the shop, we’re taking Nature’s Nutrition on as a community owned and run social enterprise. We’re going to grow it into a thriving co-operative social business, serving our community not only as a health food shop, but a community hub, and we’ll be offering support and training for anyone in our community to get involved.

We are currently a group of 16 local people volunteering our time and skills to the project, and we’re open to new members. We’ve been undergoing training in a wide range of skills, including marketing and social media, communication and facilitation, customer service, food hygiene, chocolate making, and accounting. We’re passionate about supporting people to become part of our project in whatever way is accessible to them, and we have been and will continue to support people not in employment, education or training to gain the necessary skills to help them find a place in our project and a route towards employment in the future.

In these challenging economic times the Co-operative enterprise model has been shown to be more sustainable and so, in order to steady the ship and prepare for this transition from social business to fully-fledged co-op, we are asking for your community support.


Our first step was to buy out the current owners, and now we need to grow the business by increasing the product range we sell to meet the needs of our customers.

Our focus is to make healthy and sustainably produced food affordable to our community, and to make our shop a hub of connectivity where people feel welcome and connections are made with and between customers, and also other local businesses.

Dave, one of our group members describes his personal journey,  "I suffered a major breakdown about 4 years ago which lead to me losing everything including my home, family and my job. I’ve been on the slow road to recovery since. I began popping into Nature's Nutrition about 2 years ago and I quickly learned that it was a safe place to have a cuppa and be myself with no expectations. With the support from the other regular volunteers and customers I found the confidence to volunteer myself. I am now part of this amazing group of people committed to keeping the shop alive. With the support and friendships I’ve made from the shop – I now have the confidence to face my personal battles head on and know that I CAN and AM useful in a meaningful capacity. I know that the skills I’ve learned and the training I’ve received from Nature's Nutrition will serve me well into my future and can’t thank them enough".

The funds from this campaign will be used to cover the legal and admin costs of transitioning the business to a Community Benefit Society, to buy stock, to undertake training, and to cover our overheads in the interim period.

We'll be investing our profits back into continuing to develop the business, and beyond what we need for this, profits will be used to initiate and support community health and wellbeing projects such as healthy living and cooking workshops.

Support for this campaign now will allow us to consolidate the business and ensure we have an income stream to self-fund our outreach projects in the future.

Check out our pledge rewards under or through the 'Support Project' button, they are all lovingly offered by members and supporters of our Co-op who want to contribute to make this enterprise a success.

 UPDATE: 

The shop closed it's doors on 24th December under the current ownership, so it's now more urgent than ever that we can get everything in place to re-open as soon as possible as a community owned and co-operatively run enterprise for the benefit of the community. We're making good progress with our legal structure becoming registered, once this is done we hope to be able to offer community shares, but in the meantime we need all the help you can give us to reach our crowdfunding target, so please share our story and our page with anyone you can, and thankyou so much for all your pledges. 

UPDATE: 5th Jan

This week we've all been busy on co-op matters, on Monday we had group training in Pro-active conflict resolution. This included learning how to see who we are as a group and what skills we all bring, learning to communicate our appreciation for each other, and learning how to talk about difficult issues so that any future conflicts don't escalate, and how to run effective meetings. This was a really enjoyable and fun training session and puts us in a great position to continue working tightly and effectively as a group long into the future.

On Tuesday some of us undertook further training in facilitation. Facilitation means 'making easier' and it's about using tools to make it easier for everybody's voice and opinions to be heard and group decisions to be made effectively. These skills will be really important for us to be able to run a watertight business without compromising our ethics.

We're opening the shop for a coffee morning on Thursday 12th January from 10.30-2.30 so you can pop in for a herbal tea or coffee and a bite to eat, meet some of the team and hear about our plans. Hope to see you there! 

Update: 

We've received news from crowdfunder that we're eligible to be considered for matchfunding if we receive £8000 by the 25th January. So our target is now £16,000! We're doing an ALL OUT PUSH for £8000 by the 25th to be considered for this extra funding and we're asking for your help to get us there!!! 

We enjoyed a very busy and convivial coffee morning yesterday, lots of new connections made, the shop was packed, despite the pouring rain, and we even managed to film our crowdfund film which will be ready on Sunday! 

The lovely Mireille popped along to our coffee morning to see what we're all about, and she's written some lovely words about it, here they are! 

Crowdfunder Fundraising Coffee Morning @Nature's Nutrition Bideford

A lovely group of friendly faces, cheery 'hello!''s and a table piled with gorgeous handmade cakes, cookies and energy ball chocolates greeted me this morning at the Crowdfunder Coffee Morning at Nature's Nutrition, Bideford's health store.
I love this shop and the fact that the people who are involved are so passionate about it. Passionate is an over-used word, but here it's true. The shop is full of amazing, yummy goodness and green household and health products. Interesting finds fill the shelves. (A small disclaimer: I sell handloomed organic towels in there, too. But I sell them there because I love it, not vice versa.)
So I'd come along to find out what the Crowdfunder project and the move towards becoming a co-operative business are all about. The shop has been much missed this month, having temporarily closed for business on Christmas Eve and I was curious as to what their plans for the future are.
Sipping a cup of Sabin's perfect coffee, and postponing eye contact with the table-laden-with-goodies, I chatted with Rose, Pete, Vicky and Pippa – all part of the new team breathing fresh life into Nature's Nutrition as a community benefit society.
They each explained different aspects about how their new co-operative model will be better integrated with and serving the community, and how it will be sustainable as a community-owned business and wellbeing hub.
The key is creating space for more people to be directly and flexibly involved, contributing to and benefiting from the business in different ways, with Crowdfunding donations enabling Nature's Nutrition to reopen after the end of January deadline and begin to work on local social outreach projects.
The current owners, Charlotte and Martin, have already established Nature's Nutrition as one of those shops that is a lot more than "just" a shop. It's a wellbeing hub that has grown right at the heart of creating, supporting and enjoying community life alongside making sustainable living products available to that community.
It's genuinely exciting to see how a group of people are coming together in Bideford to progress Charlotte and Martin's original vision. Staff training in workshops from conflict resolution and accounting to chocolate-making, great community support and the Crowdfunder as extra fuel are all key to getting Nature's Nutrition as a social enterprise off to a flying start.
I was so happy to have made the trek in through town despite the heavy downpour. It was inspiring to meet people who are investing their time and skills to create a really exciting and much-needed community venture. And, I, my partner and kids all agreed the amazing food on the table that I took home tasted and felt even better than it looked.
If you are interested in contributing or developing your skills, there is still time to get involved.
And to contribute to the Nature's Nutrition Crowdfunder project and find out more, please see crowdfunder.co.uk/naturesnutrition-co-operative
Mireille Thornton
www.artaahura.co.uk

Thanks Mireille, lovely words and thanks for coming along

Update: We've been awaiting news to hear if we were selected for matchfunding from Santander. We've now heard that we weren't selected. However! We've just received £1000 from the Just Act Community Fund which has taken us to almost £10,000, and we have 24 hours to go on our crowdfunding campaign to raise as much as we possibly can so we can re-open the shop again as soon as possible. There are still some lovely pledge rewards to buy, such as chocolate brownie selection boxes, meditation experiences, vintage tea parties and more! Thankyou to everyone who has pledged already.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£2 or more

£2 Reward

Solidarity Pledge - Help us spread the word by sharing our campaign on Social Media and telling all your friends. Or maybe you can offer a service or product we can add to our pledge rewards. Thanks!

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Free cup of pukka herbal tea or Sabins speciality coffee in Nature’s Nutrition, come and hear about our exciting plans over a brew.

£5 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£5 Reward

Free Oyster! Try a local Oyster from our friends at the Glorious Oyster Horsebox in Westward Ho! or the Beach Shack in Instow.

£5 or more

5 of 10 claimed

£5 Reward

Enjoy a free cup of Sabins specialty coffee from our friends at the award winning Glorious Oyster at Instow Beach Shack.

£6 or more

2 of 25 claimed

£6 Reward

An Adventures With Horses 2017 Calender. Adventures with Horses is a centre on Dartmoor offering Equine Facilitated Learning to children and young people who are excluded from school. They are also crowdfunding, (have a look at their page) and have kindly donated some of their rewards to us in solidarity. The Calender is filled with beautiful photos of their horses, and quotes about the wisdom Horses can show us. Includes postage anywhere in the U.K.

£7 or more

1 of 5 claimed

£7 Reward

A little book of positivity from the IttyBitty Book Co, it's fun and bursting with beautifully designed positivity and inspiration quotes! Each Itty Bitty book is handmade in the studio in Ireland with love and care, no mass production! Each individual book is hand bound with 100% cotton cord and decorated with glass and toho beads, which are all ethically sourced. See pictures here https://ittybittybookco.com/products/positivity-book Can be posted anywhere in the U.K.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A big THANKYOU for supporting us, see you name on our Wall of Thanks in the shop

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£10 Reward

A place on a transformative guided meditation group session in Westward Ho! These meditation sessions offer relaxation, a space to connect with yourself more deeply, tap into your inner knowledge and resource, and help you take the next steps towards what you need/want in your life.

£10 or more

5 of 12 claimed

£10 Reward

Meditation in Nature - Relax and reconnect during a 90 minute group meditation in North Devon's beautiful countryside, to be held on April 2nd, weather permitting.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Brownie selection Box from the award winning The Green Brownie. The brownies are gluten free and use organic & fairtrade ingredients. The brownie boxes will be available 10th Feb 2017 so would make a lovely valentines treat or gift. Can be delivered in north Devon, or posted anywhere in the U.K. if you add an extra £5 donation for postage! Each box contains 6 brownies of 3 different flavours.

£12 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£12 Reward

A 1 kilo bag of Havana Coffee Company Beans, can be delivered anywhere in the UK

£14 or more

12 of 12 claimed

£14 Reward

Grow Your Own Gourmet Oyster Mushrooms at home from recycled coffee grounds with our super-easy Mushroom Grow Kit from https://grocycle.com/ Normal Price £16

£15 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£15 Reward

Instow Appledore Ferry tickets, 10 rides. You will receive a bundle of 10 single adult tickets to be used on the scenic Instow to Appledore ferry anytime during the 2017 season (April - October) Using the ferry is a great way to see the estuary enjoyed by locals and visitors alike, and it's much cheaper and quicker than going on the bus or paying for parking! The ferry is also a community led org run by over 40 local volunteers.

£15 or more

£15 Reward

An organic surprise! Our wonderful suppliers Essential have donated these boxes packed with a selection of organic goodies! Can be delivered within North Devon. Not suitable for people with a peanut allergy.

£15 or more

5 of 5 claimed

£15 Reward

Woodland Activity Day at Tapeley Park for a 5-12 year-old To be redeemed within school holidays in 2017, run by Jen Howard (Normal price £20-25)

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Party Time! Get an invitation to our official Launch Party in Spring 2017, help us celebrate our success.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Itty Bitty Book Co Box Set Receive 3 gorgeous handmade books packed full of positivity, there's the Positivity Book, Motivation Book and the Book of Strength. With over 75 individually designed quotes there is inspiration for any mood. Each Itty Bitty book is handmade in the Itty Bitty studio in Ireland with love and care, no mass production! Can be posted anywhere in the UK

£20 or more

6 of 6 claimed

£20 Reward

Spring Wild Food Walk - Spend the day with North Devon wild food gatherer Adam Reeve learning up to 20 hedgerow plants to spice up your Spring salads! Date: Sat April 8th 2017.

£20 or more

6 of 6 claimed

£20 Reward

Summer Seaweeds - Wild Food Walk with North Devon forager Adam Reeve. Spend the day learning about the different edible seaweeds and their uses along the North Devon coastline! Date:. Saturday 17th June 2017.

£20 or more

5 of 5 claimed

£20 Reward

Glorious Oyster voucher to be spent either at the Glorious Oyster Horsebox in Westward Ho! or Instow Beach Shack, (Value £10). Plus an invitation to our official Launch Party in Spring 2017 and you name on our Wall of Thanks.

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£25 Reward

Sports Massage, half hour consultation and postural assessment with one hour sports massage, with North Devon's Natalie Young, level 5 sports massage therapist.

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£25 Reward

A family ticket (4 people) for Ten Pin Bowling at Let's Go in Barnstaple

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£25 Reward

A family ticket (4 people) for Iceskating at Let's Go in Barnstaple

£25 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£25 Reward

A meal for 2 at Henry's in Barnstaple

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£25 Reward

A meal for 2 at Lateria in Barnstaple

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£25 Reward

Enjoy a meal for 2 at the Kingsley Inn in Northam, North Devon, to be used during a weekend in 2017.

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£25 Reward

Enjoy a meal for 2 in the King's Arms, on Bideford Quay, to be used during a weekend in 2017.

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£25 Reward

A 1:1 guided meditation created specifically for the individual. Where I speak with the individual in advance of the session to understand any specific needs/wants for the session.

£25 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£25 Reward

THE GREEN GYSPY MACRAME Create your own macramé plant hanger in a 3 hr workshop with tea and cake! Learn some basic knots then create your own hanger for bowls or plants. Everything you need is included.

£30 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£30 Reward

Intro to rowing course, an amazing way to get fit and have fun on this 6 week intro to rowing course with Bideford coach David Copp. Suitable for either juniors or adults. Normal price £40, grab a bargain!!

£30 or more

£30 Reward

Nature’s Nutrition Gift Bag - Receive one of our limited edition cotton bags designed by local children, with some of our favourite products inside. Plus an invitation to our Launch Party and your name on our Wall of Thanks.

£35 or more

£35 Reward

Receive a different special offer voucher every month for 6 months to be spent in Nature’s Nutrition during 2017. Plus an invitation to our official Launch Party and your name on the Wall of Thanks!

£40 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£40 Reward

Oyster hamper from our friends at North Devons award winning Glorious Oyster. Includes 12 oysters, bottle of tabasco & 1 of our own Glorious dressings, a lime and oyster knife. Plus an invitation to our Launch Party and your name on our Wall of Thanks

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£40 Reward

A family ticket (4 people) for Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park, a great family attraction on the North Devon Coast! http://www.wildlifedinosaurpark.co.uk To be used during 2017.

£45 or more

6 of 5 claimed

£45 Reward

Basket Making Course with willow artist Janey Fletcher. Spend the day in the woods learning the art of basket making, and by the end of the day have a beautiful basket to take home. A campfire lunch, snacks and hot drinks will be provided. Plus an invitation to our Launch Party and your name on our Wall of Thanks

£60 or more

£60 Reward

Pewter Casting Day Experience for the whole family! (4 hours) To be redeemed March 2017 - includes lunch and a pewter jewel or pendant to take home for each member of the family (max members in family: 4) Plus an invitation to our Launch Party and your name on our Wall of Thanks

£60 or more

£60 Reward

Bundle Offer: Nature's Nutrition Gift Bag + Monthy Special Offer Vouchers for 6 months of 2017. Plus an invitation to our Launch Party and your name on our Wall of Thanks

£65 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£65 Reward

Sourdough Bread Making Course for 4 people. Sourdough baker Lou Dudley will come to your home and guide you and 3 friends through the process of sourdough baking. Tuition will focus on dough folding techniques, how to keep your starter alive, and proving methods, and you’ll finish up with a loaf to enjoy, and some active starter culture so you can carry on baking! This course takes place in your own home, which can be in North Devon or Exeter. Plus an invitation to our Launch Party and your name on our Wall of Thanks

£65 or more

4 of 7 claimed

£65 Reward

Spoon Carving Workshop with Alex Nicholson (over 18's) Suitable for beginners or more experienced green wood carvers - using axes, straight and curved knives to carve spoons. Choose from 2 dates in Spring 2017. Normal Price £75. Plus an invitation to our Launch Party and your name on our Wall of Thanks

£70 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£70 Reward

Meal for 2 at Saunton Sands Hotel

£80 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£80 Reward

Woodland Birthday Party (2 hours) for up to 12 children (aged 5+) To be held in Tapeley Park woods during 2017 (excluding Saturdays) run by Jen Howard Plus an Invitation to our Launch Party and your name on our Wall of Thanks

£100 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£100 Reward

Handy man for the day - Great for any tasks that can be completed in a day, by a general builder, could include roof repairs, general maintenance, painting etc Anywhere in North Devon.

£120 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£120 Reward

A vintage Teaparty for 8 people! The Green Gyspy Tearoom will serve a full afternoon tea for 8 in your own home. Organic, sustainable and homemade bread, jams, sandwiches, scones, cakes, tea and coffee all served on vintage crockery. Must be booked in advance, available in April or May. Extra people can be catered for at £18/person, arrange when booked. Great for a birthday, hen party, special celebration. Must be within north Devon!

£125 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£125 Reward

Caribbean Dinner Party for 6 people. Co-op member Rose will come to your house and cook a dinner party with authentic Caribbean recipes for you and your guests. She'll also teach you the history behind each of the dishes and bring a soundtrack of reggae to bring the sunshine vibes to your home. North Devon only!

£145 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£145 Reward

Meditation Pyramid with flower of life sitting mat. See the full description here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/472064586/portable-meditationhealing-pyramid-16x1m?ref=shop_home_active_2 Can be posted to anywhere in the U.K.

£150 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£150 Reward

2 Handy Women for the day! You will have the assistance of 2 of the co-op members for the day who can help with gardening, decorating, cleaning, cooking, dog walking, childcare, and many other practical tasks, and all with a friendly smile! Anywhere near n North Devon

£150 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£150 Reward

A New Logo Design for your business. Commissioned from our own graphic designer. Three initial roughs plus finished artwork delivered in the formats you need to grow your own business! Check out Mark's work for us at: http://electricooze.com/bco-op_demo/index.php/demo-logo/logo-dummy-page Plus an invitation to our Launch Party and your name on our Wall of Thanks

£295 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£295 Reward

Hygge Holiday! Spend a week in a beautiful cosy barn conversion in North Devon, great for couples, romantic get aways, and those looking for peace and quiet! The cottage is perfect for those looking for 'hygge' as The Linney gets really toastie with the woodburner in the winter! You can also take up to 2 dogs with you to enjoy the beautiful surrounding fields, woods and coast. Available for any week (saturday-saturday) in February or November 2017. Please select the week you would like when you pledge. You can see full details of the accomodation here: https://www.holidaycottages.co.uk/devon/north-devon/the-linney-middle-langdon?n=7


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