Mission

Love Local Food is ..

Love Local Food is a social enterprise and not-for-profit business passionate about bringing local food to local communities through our mobile shop and education projects.

Love Local Food at TEDxExeter

We were luck enough to be invited to give a 2 minute TED talk at TEDxExeter We hope it gives a flavour of why we do what we do. Here it is …

What about mobile shops?

Once not so long ago people say that shops on wheels were part of our lives. A hoot of the horn or a ring of the bell and you knew to come out to buy your vegetables or fruit or fish. Maybe even have a chat to a neighbour. Well that’s what people say. More recently and it is likely that it is solitary chimes of the ice cream van that you will hear and the sight of supermarket liveried delivery trucks dashing up and down the road full of freshly clicked food miles.

Now if you do meet a true mobile shop then do take a moment to pass the time of day as, speaking from daily experience, tending a mobile shop can be a mixed experience. Regular customers make the day. Always there at the right time, picking up a conversation from last week, sharing a bit news of what the current state of veg garden is like and buying what they usually buy. Passers by though can take a long while to get used to the idea of a real shop on wheels where people actually talk to you. If our communities can rediscover this lost way of shopping then our world becomes healthier in whole range of ways.

Why education?

We believe that if we understand the stories that lie behind the food in our baskets and on our plates then food has more meaning. We can make more informed shopping choices and this can be powerful influence on the welfare of animals, plants, people and indeed the planet. And ….dirty carrots can be accepted!!

This is why we are engaged in farm visits, food workshops, plant swaps, seasonal cooking around camp fires, community events, producer talks and a whole lot more!

Who we work with

We work with some lovely people and organisations. Find out about some of them here

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