The Food Assembly: A Healthy Alternative to the Supermarket

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Today Bristol Mum features an interview with Katie Roche from The Food Assembly, a revolutionary new platform which unites communities and enables people to buy fresh food directly from local food makers and farmers.

Read on to find out more about how YOU could get involved in hosting a Food Assembly in your area, how this would benefit your family, your community and local food makers, plus how you can earn an income at the same time.

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Please tell Bristol Mum readers about The Food Assembly?

The Food Assembly is a platform that brings together people to buy fresh food directly from local farmers and food makers.

With our technology and support, everyone gets a better deal: communities get to know each other, farmers get a fairer price for their work, and you get locally sourced, unique produce: the most delicious food available!

So, it’s a food community? How does that work?

Yes exactly, it’s a food community. It works like this: someone hosts a Food Assembly in their area and link to their local farmers and food makers. They find customers (members) in their area also.

Then every week, members pre-order their food online from local food producers and pick it up at the local pick-up market. It’s a social way to shop.

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What is the ethos behind The Food Assembly?

It’s about real food for everyone. It’s about making sure everyone is getting healthy food at a fair price in a way that is good for the planet and people.

The farmers receive a fair price for their products and everyone shares high quality, locally grown food, from organic vegetables and fruits to cheeses and meat. It’s pretty logical!

How many Food Assemblies are there in total in the UK?

At present, we have 26 Food Assemblies in the UK, and we are growing fast since we’ve won the award for Best British Food Initiative at the BBC Food and Farming Awards this year!

Can anyone set up a Food Assembly?

Absolutely. Anyone can set up a Food Assembly, it’s a simple process and you can register here. A love of food and the passion for meeting others is a must! But that’s it really.

It doesn’t have to be one host, many Food Assemblies are run by two friends. Actually one of our greatest Food Assemblies is run by two mothers in Frome in Somerset.

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What would the advantages be for local mums to set one up?

Most people set up a Food Assembly because they have spare time, and are looking for a rewarding and meaningful activity to do, and want to bring better food to their friends and family, while earning some income on the side.

What’s the advantages for kids?

Meeting other kids from families who appreciate local food and care about where food comes from is a plus – a community blossoms around them where they get to explore how their food is made, meet the farmers and food makers, and visit farms.

Also, kids love meeting the farmers!

How much can mums earn?

Mothers can earn between £200 – £400 per Host(s) per month during the start-up phase. As the Assembly matures, the more the Host earns.

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What would it be like to be a Host?

Being a Host is an enjoyable part-time activity. It takes between 10-12 hours a week, and half of that if you share the role.

From organising the weekly market to farm visits, they get to re-socialise the shopping experience in their neighbourhood. Hosts aren’t alone, they have support from The Food Assembly team, and enjoy a range of activities from social media to creating events. They can also enjoy learning new skills and participating in new activities from becoming active online, networking with others to creating events.

What’s the best thing about hosting a Food Assembly?

Besides eating the best, most delicious food in your region, you’re also connecting and creating your own local food community, meeting your local farmers and food makers, and learning more about your food.

Are there any other ways in which mums can get involved with The Food Assembly besides hosting?

We’re always looking for people to help us spread the word so if there are any foodie writers, bloggers, networkers, do get in touch. Also, any mums who are food makers can sell their produce through the platform also.

For more information: contact Katie, katie@foodassembly.com or phone 07751 675 733.

Click here to register your interest as a Food Assembly Host.

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