Local organic food into schools
Here at Local Organics we a passionate about providing nutritional, affordable & sustainable food systems.
* We work directly with farmers.
* We promote: food skills, farm visits, workshops and fun.
* We are making an easier to use website.
It's summertime! A fantastic time to start learning about seasonal foods. Our farmers' fields are filled with amazing produce & we feel responsible for finding good homes for their veggies. We have come up with a plan and we hope you like it!
Schools into farms
Our farmers want to meet the folks who enjoy their food. It completes the circle in this local food system. We can organise a farm visit for your school or you can invite a farmer to visit you.
In a nutshell
Your school can access local organic food...
Learn to share our love of fruit and vegetables that look and taste how they used to.
...and join with a social enterprise.
We are starting an the exciting journey to make an alternative food system, where economic, environmental and social sustainability are equally important.
All you need is a:
How it works
Let your parents and community know (we can help you with information)!
Remembering to order by 10am Wed
Join our mailing list and receive our newsletter each Tuesday. This acts as a good reminder and also has information about farms and produce, updates and recipe tips.
Orders are made and paid directly to us via our website. When ordering parents will select the name of their child’s school as their collection point.
We will deliver the boxes and any other extras ordered to you at a arranged time on Thursday.
We will include a box with extra veggies in it that people can use to swap out unwanted veggies.
Parents and community collect at your nominated collection time (e.g. at the end of the school day). Names are ticked off the printed list as they collect.
Your co-ordinator tidies up any unstacked returned boxes, puts away the esky, calls about any uncollected boxes, and provide feedback to us about any hiccups and takes the swap box home.
We recognise that it takes time to help people collect boxes and tidy up the inevitable lose ends. This is work we don't have to do but it is factored into the cost of the box. This means we can provide your school with a 10% payment, once your school reaches the 15 box goal. We would like to trial this payment at 10% (for example $3.50 for a $35 box).
Other things we can provide
· Help with marketing materials, information and
· Access to local organic farms and farmers for
organised day visits or Skype talks.
· Information about alternative food systems and
development of food skills.
· Work with teachers to develop interactive food
The fine print
Local Organics have been operating for three years and we are now looking to engage kindergartens, child care centres and schools that are interested in sharing our passion for sustainable ethical food and learning where it comes from.
Along with better access to affordable, locally grown, fresh, organic produce, we offer access to farms, information and food skills.
Who we are:
It has taken some time to work that out! Local Organics started in 2010 as a co-op run by us, Marcus and Angie, long-time Brunswick residents and partners. Since then we have developed into a social enterprise with a triple bottom line.
We have been working hard the last three years learning, developing and implementing ideas to create an alternative food system and building relationships with the farmers who grow our food. We have been busy, as during this time we have also been providing around 80 local families with fresh, in-season organic mixed fruit and vegetable boxes each week.
We have remained focused on keeping operating costs to a minimum so that we can provide a genuinely affordable alternative for people living in the city who want quality organic fruit and vegetables. We do this by:
· working direct with farmers, and
· using 2nd class produce (too large or small,
marked… but still tasty) which would otherwise
end up as waste.
· using a pre-ordering system to further minimizes
We are now at a very exciting point in our development and invite you to consider joining us on our journey.
What we are looking for:
· Schools and kindergartens that are interested in
joining our pilot program by facilitating a collection
point for parents and community members in their
· Feedback and discussion from you as the initiative
develops, with the aim of creating a stable and
rewarding long-term relationship.
How it will work from your end:
You will need to provide a secure, accessible, and shaded area for families to collect their orders on Thursdays. This could be outside on a veranda or inside a hall or administration room.
We have found that collections run more smoothly if you have a coordinator or volunteer that is able to help people collect their boxes and deal with any problems that may arise. At a minimum there will need to be someone who checks for any uncollected boxes at the end of your collection time frame. All that is required is a phone call to rearrange a new collection time.
We are always just a phone call away for any problems or a missed box!
We would also require a small, out-of-the way space for the storage of returned boxes and an esky. The empty boxes will then be collected at the next drop-off.
How it works from our end:
Parents and community members can join our mailing list and receive our newsletter each Tuesday, which acts as a prompt to order by 10am Wednesdays and has information, updates, recipes and news about the farmers and produce.
Orders can be made and paid directly to us via our online store, and name of their child’s school or kindergarten can be selected as the collection point.
We will deliver the boxes and any other extras ordered to you at an allocated time on Thursday, to be collected by customers at your nominated collection time (e.g. at the end of the school day).
Our pricing system:
One driving force behind local organics becoming a business was that true sustainability must also be financially sustainable, ie. that we can pay ourselves for the time and costs involved in this enterprise.
With the knowledge gained over the past three years, we are very focused on creating a workable and stable system. To help achieve this, we will provide you with a 10% payment, once your school reaches the 15 box goal (for example your school or co-ordinator receives $3.5 for a $35 box). You might consider setting your own additional handling fee per box or giving your school families a 10% discount. This is completely up to your school. We can charge this via the website and return the money to you.
We will direct deposit the fees monthly into your account and include documentation. What you do with this money is up to you! You could use it to purchase tea and coffee at the collection point to foster community, or use it to help fund other projects in your school.