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All proceeds go to Crops in Pots Charity
We are supporting the development of a social enterprise
The aim of the development of our social enterprise is to raise funds to support our charitable work. It will do this by selling produce, running a market, a plant nursery, a seed bank, a café and outdoor crèche, within, and complementing, the ethical framework of the charity. This framework involves: empowering and enabling people to eat environmentally friendly and healthy food, inspiring community engagement, expansion of healthy recreational opportunities and nature-play, combating inequality and keeping profits for local green initiatives.
- Honeycomb Leith is a developing trading arm working to raise funds for Crops in Pots.
- The Hingabootery (cafe) has been supported by First Port
Another key element of our ethos is a focus on heritage and a connection to land and place. Heritage in terms of using and maintaining a stock of heritage seeds for growing. We would also like to promote traditional Scottish activities such as traditional dance and music as part of our social and educational programmes.
This means when our cafe and market is up and running the profits that are generated must involve a good deal for nature, a good deal for suppliers, and a good deal for our customers, who will understand that this is dependent on the other two. We will therefore need to raise awareness and educate the community about the fact that sometimes it is necessary to pay more for food which has been produced ethically, which we aim to do with debates and events.
We will also create systems to provide affordable food in a non-stigmatising way. These systems may include operating with a low profit on essential items and high profits on luxury items, pay-what-you-feel items with donations welcome, bargain bin and bulk buy prices and prize draws for hampers of produce. Unused produce will be turned into smoothies, which will be sold at a high profit. We will explore the possibility of suspended items, where this can be managed in a non-stigmatising way. In general, a personal and flexible approach will ensure that occasional discounts and offers can be managed within an ultimately profitable structure.
It is this interest in heritage and community, as well as the emphasis on a personal touch in our commercial operations, which distinguishes us a movement rather than just an organisation. We aim for a genuinely co-operative model, with a high emphasis on nurture, equality and well-being for both staff and customers. By empowering ourselves to sell, produce and manage food production, we will provide a visual example to our community and our children of how to become producers and agents rather than merely consumers.
'Boots on the Ground and Trees in the Earth'