Little Green Vegan Bakery is a family business based in St Agnes, Cornwall. Demand for vegan food is growing as people become more and more conscious and concerned about reducing their impact on the environment and caring for our animals and planet. Our vision is to raise the profile of cruelty free food by baking it for you and by giving you friendly advice to help you eat well.
Little Green Vegan Bakery was germinated by Joceline Nason and began in our kitchen at home. In 2017 we moved into a vacant shop in St Agnes where we shared space with the Cornish Vegan Pasty Company. Since then our bakery, which we rent from a charitable trust, has become a destination for locals and visitors and a community hub for vegan food, and kindness. There is nothing more rewarding than hearing and seeing the excitement of individuals and families who come to our shop and realize that everything is vegan. We still get a serious buzz from seeing visitors take selfies outside our bakery and never tire of hearing how they have traveled long distances, or even planned their holidays around visiting us! We love our customers and like to think that we make a small difference to their lives by providing yummy cake, and occasionally comfort when required. We are sometimes the first vegan cake that people have tried (and often we make the best vegan cake they have tried if we do say so ourselves), and are proud to help make occasions special by creating bespoke cakes for celebrations, with weddings becoming an increasingly important part of our business.
Why are we crowdfunding?
We are crowdfunding to purchase an electric delivery vehicle to improve the sustainability of our business and allow us to deliver our products throughout Cornwall, and occasionally beyond. We started our business from scratch and use our family car for an increasing number of deliveries. We are highly conscious of the impact of our deliveries on the environment and would love to be able to invest in a used or new electric vehicle to reduce emissions.
Sustainability is extremely important to us and we take great care to reduce our impact on the environment. We have Surfer's Against Sewage plastic free status, use compostable plant-based packaging and offer rewards to customers bringing their own reusable containers to collect their cakes. The majority of our ingredients are organic, including our flours, plant milks, and chocolate, and many are Fairtrade, including our sugar and cocoa. We are moving towards being 100 % organic as we recognise this as being one of the most important ways to help us tackle climate change by nurturing our soils. We deliver our products to a growing number of shops, restaurants and cafes in Cornwall from the north to the south coast, including The Cornish Vegan and The Great Cornish Food Store in Truro, and Teacup Tearooms in Mevagissey. We are also delivering an increasing number of wedding and celebration cakes throughout the South West.
Who we are
Little Green Vegan Bakery is a family business started and owned by Joceline Nason in 2016. Joceline and husband Mark both have PhDs in plant / soil science and have worked on environmental research projects, including crop production, ecological footprinting and habitat restoration. After retraining as an Occupational Therapist, Joceline worked long and stressful hours in the NHS before moving to Cornwall. She began to work in the Cuckoo Café in our village and was keen to provide vegan options. These proved successful and it was then that Joceline saw the opportunity to start her own business and began baking at home for private orders and for cafes, developing a growing reputation for quality and for good customer service. Joceline and Mark have four children aged between 16 and 22 months - the new addition, Juniper Stevie Nason, was born in November, and the 'Little Green Vegan Baby' often greets customers in the bakery!
Joceline was baking again soon after giving birth and to help her grow her business, Mark took shared parental leave from his day job to care for Juniper and returned to work part-time for one year. He has recently returned to a full-time job teaching ecological restoration at the Eden Project but continues to deliver cakes throughout Cornwall in his spare time and is starting to find transporting wedding cakes a little less stressful!
Joceline works very hard in her bakery to supply cafes, keep the counter stocked with delicious items and complete orders. She is also very keen to use her experience of working with people with mental health difficulties and physical disabilities to run confidence building baking workshops, having started these last year.
In 2018, Joceline won the PETA Vegan Bake-Off with her indulgent apple and cider cake, with cider-caramel “cream”, “custard buttercream”, and cinnamon icing.
How will the money be spent?
The money we raise will be used to buy a zero emission delivery vehicle, such as a Nissan E-NV200 electric van. If we reach our target of £6000 then we will be able to buy a second hand vehicle, exceeding our target will allow us to buy a newer and even more efficient vehicle. The money will only be used to purchase the vehicle - the business will pay for all running costs and we will pass on any savings to our customers through reduced delivery charges.
We are offering three levels of cake based rewards for our supporters. If you can pledge £10 then have a slice of cake or some cookies on us! You will need to be able to visit us for cake, but if you are not able to do so then we will post you some yummy cookies. We recommend the choc chip and marshmallow. This reward is unlimited and we'll also add your name to our wall of fame in the bakery. The first 10 people pledging £50 get a cake if you can visit us or alternatively we can post a tray of brownies or blondies. Choose from our famous lemon and blueberry, decadent choc hazelnut, mint or orange, or a fruity fresh lemon and elderflower. Gluten-free options are also available. We'll also add your name to our wall of fame! We have a special reward for the first 10 people pledging £100 or more. Come visit us for a 2 hour baking masterclass where Joceline will teach you to bake and decorate a decadent vegan cake from a choice of flavours. Fizzy wine is a distinct possibility and we will also add your name to our bakery wall of fame.
What our customers say.
We love our customers and have chosen a selection of our reviews to share.
'We happened to walk past the small quaint Little Green Vegan Bakery late one evening and to our surprise they were still baking, my wife said what commitment! We thought then we had to go back the next day to check it out. So we did... and the next day … and we will be going back again when it is next open, haha. The cake we had with blueberries is just amazing and by far the best cake we have ever eaten (and I am not a Vegan!) Small businesses like this deserve every credit when they are this good, and you have to visit if you are anywhere near the area it is seriously worth driving too! The owners are friendly and welcoming family … so sweet. They are closed tomorrow so we are going to eat in a local café we know they supply the cakes for! What a find, we will come back time and time again and shines above any bakery we have been to.' MrG528, TripAdvisor
'I was thrilled to come across The Little Green Vegan Bakery on our visit to St Agnes. I walked in not realising it was closed but the lovely lady (who I assume was the owner) was incredibly kind and was good enough to serve me anyway. I had a strawberry and lemon cake which was to die for. So moist and fresh. Even my husband who can be very critical of vegan baking was impressed! Definitely worth a visit and I'll probably be back in the next few days!' Bowen0133
'First birthday since going vegan and the cake was simply amazing! All of my family loved the cake and said they preferred it to 'normal cake'. They made me feel so welcome when I came and collected the cake and were just so lovely and friendly when I ordered the cake! It was exactly what I wanted and just overall the experience was perfect! Added bonus for listening to Blink-182 while finishing the cake. Thank you again!!' Alba Norris, Facebook
'I've been lucky enough to have cakes from the store and at the Cornwall Vegan Festival and it was all lovely. I've picked a campsite on the basis that they are close by to the Little Green Vegan Bakery :)' Helen Hubbard, Facebook
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