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This space is intended as a register for North Cornwall-wide organisations that wish to support the Transition Movement or that may be useful to Transition Groups.

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Be a Food Assembly leader

Be a Food Assembly leader

The Food Assembly, which actually started in France, scooped the Best British food initiative at this year’s BBC Food and Farming awards.Launched in the UK last July, it is like a mix between a farmers’ market and a food-buying group, and already has 10,000 members across the country.

Customers can buy boxes of different produce or individual items, and prices compare well with organic produce in the supermarket and veg box delivery schemes. There are boxes with seven different fruits and vegetables for £10, Soil Association-certified organic rhubarb for £1.75 for 500g, and organic onions are £2 a kilo.

Each assembly is run by a leader who organises venues and signs up local producers and growers to the scheme. Products are advertised on a central website and a local page, and consumers pay for the produce online and collect their goods at a weekly event, which producers also attend.

“You might imagine that local produce means a hefty price tag, but the pricing is very reasonable for the quality of produce you are getting, and collecting everything on a specific day is very convenient,” says Holly Nelson, a member of the Chester Food Assembly.

The Food Assembly takes 16.7% of the pre-tax turnover from each producer and gives 8.35% of this to the assembly leader. Being a leader isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme, but the extra income (events can be held outside office hours) can pay for your fruit and vegetables.