Farmacy Co-op - Regenerating Health & Ecosystems

by Danny Moore in Bakewell, Derbyshire, United Kingdom

£35,941

raised so far

145

supporters

We need funds to help 1000's of people in the UK. Creating food security, building a sustainable future and regenerating health & ecosystems

by Danny Moore in Bakewell, Derbyshire, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 13th May 2022 we'd raised £33,901 with 141 supporters in 72 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

New stretch target

Our stretch target is £50,000 which will then allow us to:

  • Expand the Distribution Network- delivering to more places.  Introducing Regional Distribution Hubs, Collection Points & Local Driver routes:
    • Merseyside
    • Birmingham / West Midlands
    • Cheltenham & Gloucester 
    • Bristol
    • Northamptonshire
    • Leicestershire
    • Central & North Yorkshire
    • North East
    • Peterborough
    • Cambridge 
  • Roll out the Local Coordinator / Local Economy plan
  • Prepare for a Community Share Offering where all members are owners.  We will convert from a Worker-Co-op to a Multi-Stakeholder Co-op.  Real community ownership!  :)
  • Prepare for the launch of our first Retail Store - Co-op, community owned, not-for-profit, organic food, natural essential items, prepared meals, smoothies, juices, low/zero waste, local production & health focused 
  • Store also doubles up as a Community Hub - offering local services, health & wellbeing focused, events & meetups
  • Offer paid short-term contracts to 1 - 2 core volunteers

National Emergencies Trust Local Action Fund

We’re taking part in the National Emergencies Trust Local Action Fund. Donations to our project will be matched by the fund up to the value of £250 per donation to help us overcome the effects of the pandemic.


Please note only one donation per supporter will be matched by the National Emergencies Trust Local Action Fund.

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WHO WE ARE

  • Farmacy Co-op is a not-for-profit social enterprise based in Bakewell, Derbyshire 
  • Launched in March 2020 following a £25,000 grant from Severn Trent Community Fund 
  • We have one part-time worker who is paid but we're run by volunteers 
  • Using the co-operative model - focused on community ownership
  • Focused on long-term sustainability - we’re a brilliant local group that is making a real difference to the people in our community
  • Mission-driven & helping to build stronger communities that will be resilient to any crisis 
  • Offering the solutions we need - creating the future we can imagine
  • We are helping to build a more sustainable future – for people & our planet
  • Helping to regenerate personal health & ecosystems

WHAT WE CURRENTLY DO

  • We pack & distribute boxes of organic food & essential items
  • Operating every 2 weeks - distributing about 200 boxes every time 
  • Working with local organic farmers & wholesalers that are also mission-driven Co-operatives
  • We have 20 local volunteers helping us pack 
  • Offering several organic boxes:
    • Fruit & Veg
    • Fruit 
    • Veg 
    • British (food security & seasonal)  
    • Staples - like local bread, tins, sauces, oats & much more
    • Home Essentials - natural & eco-friendly items 
    • Create Your Own box
  • We have a subscription service offering discounts & food security
  • Or you can buy a one-off box if your location is suitable
  • We have 25 volunteer drivers (fuel is paid for & we give them a free box) helping us distribute within:
    • Derbyshire
    • Nottinghamshire
    • Birmingham
    • Cheshire
    • Staffordshire
    • Greater Manchester
    • Yorkshire



"The Farmacy Co-op is an amazing project that’s a pleasure to support.  We need to support and encourage local enterprises like this as it helps our communities thrive".  Paddy Baines - Chesterfield.

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OUR VISION

Imagine a future….

  • Where humanity & the planet flourish together
  • Where power is decentralised & in the hands of local communities 
  • Where local economic systems regenerate our ecosystems, improve our health & wellbeing & allow communities to thrive

A future vision?  We think so!

We have a big vision but have prioritised:

  • Secure access to healthy food & essential items
  • Improving personal health & wellbeing 
  • Solutions that regenerate our ecosystems

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OUR STRATEGY 

Food Systems 

  • Locally Owned & Focused
  • Regionally & Nationally Connected
  • Completely Sustainable
  • Abundant
  • Secure & Resilient
  • Health Focused 
  • That are Regenerative - using Agroecology & Nature-Friendly Farming

Distribution Network 

  • That is Community Owned 
  • People Powered
  • That Connects Local Economies All Over the Country 
  • Using Sustainable Energy 

Healthcare Services

  • That are Locally Owned 
  • Not-For-Profit
  • Available to All
  • Focused on Healing & Regeneration
  • Which Will Allow us to Thrive

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WHY OUR PROJECT IS IMPORTANT

We are living through a time of extraordinary change!

Society-wide emergencies are coming & we need to be prepared for the next one.

Our project is needed more than ever!  

We are helping to create stronger communities that will be resilient to any crisis and at the same time - offering the solutions we need to creating the future we can imagine.  Building a more sustainable future - for people and our planet.

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WE NEED YOUR HELP

Would you like to be part of our exciting mission? And participate in something paradigm-shifting!

We are focused on raising a minimum of £20,000 which will allow us to expand quickly within the next 6 months.  These funds will give us the opportunity to help 1000's of people.  We will spend the money on:

  • New Website 
  • New Internal Systems
  • Bigger Local Venue for the Packing Operation 
  • Operate Weekly - so we can pack & distribute 2000+ boxes every month
  • Expand the Distribution Network- delivering to more places and introduce collection points
    • Derbyshire
    • Nottinghamshire
    • Greater Manchester
    • Cheshire
    • Lancashire 
    • South Yorkshire
  • Launch a Referral Program so anyone in the community can earn free boxes
  • Launch our Life Saving 4 & 8 Week Health Programs
  • Identify more Local Producers & Regenerative Farmers
  • Recruit more Coordinators (volunteers) focused on their Community & Local Economy
  • Implement our plan for marketing, business development, sales & fundraising  


Our stretch target is £50,000 which will then allow us to:

  • Expand the Distribution Network- delivering to more places.  Introducing Regional Distribution Hubs, Collection Points & Local Driver routes:
    • Merseyside
    • Birmingham / West Midlands
    • Cheltenham & Gloucester 
    • Bristol
    • Northamptonshire
    • Leicestershire
    • Central & North Yorkshire
    • North East
    • Peterborough
    • Cambridge 
  • Roll out the Local Coordinator / Local Economy plan
  • Prepare for a Community Share Offering where all members are owners.  We will convert from a Worker-Co-op to a Multi-Stakeholder Co-op.  Real community ownership!  :)
  • Launch our first Retail Store - which also doubles up as a Community Hub
  • Offer paid short-term contracts to 1 - 2 core volunteers


Together we are going to create something amazing.  Check out the brilliant rewards available for any donation.  You’ll be the fuel & we’ll be the rocket.  Strap on your seat belt & let’s do this!

Rewards

This project offered rewards

£250 or more

£250 Reward - Founding Member

You’ll be a Founding Member of the Co-op! 1. First to hear about paid work & volunteer opportunities. 2. Opportunity for a Coffee Meeting with the Co-Founders. 3. Create Your Own box (£40). 4. Standard Box (£20). 5. Use Referral Program & earn free boxes. 6. 10% Discount code for your family to use on our website. 7. Priority Access to our Health Programs. 8. We'll focus on bringing our services to your community as a priority

£10 or more

£10 Reward

1. You'll get your name on the Original Contributor page on our website - which will be promoted and set in history. 2. You'll be offered a Small Bag of organic produce available for collection from Bakewell only

£25 or more

£25 Reward

1. We'll send you a £10 Farmacy Co-op Voucher - for yourself or a great gift to family or friends. 2. We'll focus on bringing our services to your community as a priority. 3. You'll be offered a Small Bag of organic produce (collection only) - for yourself or gift it to family or friends. 4. You'll get your name on the Original Contributor page on our website - which will be promoted & set in history.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

1. Any Standard Box (6 to choose from / worth £20) - for yourself or gift to family & friends. 2. We'll focus on bringing our services to your community as a priority. 3. You'll be offered a Small Bag of organic produce available for collection only from Bakewell. 4. You'll get your name on the Original Contributor page on our website - which will be promoted and set in history.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

1. Create Your Own box (£40). 2. Use our Referral Program & earn free boxes. 3. Personal 10% Discount code for your family to use on our website. 4. Priority & Discounted Access to our Health Programs. 5. We'll focus on bringing our services to your community as a priority 6. We’ll offer you a Small Bag of organic produce - for your family or gift. 7. Name on the Original Contributor page on our website - promoted & set in history.

£500 or more

£500 Reward - 20 Boxes

1. We’ll give you 20 x “Box Credits” - 1 x Box Credit can order a Standard Box (worth £20) or use 2 x Credits to order a Create Your Own box (£40). 2. Name on the Original Contributor page on our website. 3. Use our Referral Program & earn free boxes. 4. 10% Discount code for your family to use on our website. 5. Priority & Discounted Access to Health Programs. 6. We'll focus on bringing our services to your community as a priority

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