Community food enterprises are businesses run by communities for their benefit, which are involved in at least one part of growing, harvesting, processing, distributing, selling or serving local food. Examples include farmers’ markets, community-owned shops, community supported agriculture, country markets, food co-operatives and many others.

At Plunkett we've got a vast range of experience of working with communities to develop growing projects and other community food enterprises. We've previously partnered with some fantastic organisations on a five-year, £10m programme called Making Local Food Work, which was funded by the Big Lottery Fund through its Changing Spaces programme. Together with Co-operativesUK, Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), Country Markets Ltd., FARMA, Soil Association and Sustain we helped communities gain access to good, fresh, local produce with clear origins. It supported:

  • 1,558 community food enterprises to be more sustainable, helping
  • 7,289 producers;
  • 10,033 volunteers;
  • 6,623 employees,
  • reaching 3.8 million customers.

If you'd like support to set up a community food enterprise we can help - get in touch with us using this form. 

Helpful resources for community food enterprises

The fantastic resources we developed as a partnership through Making Local Food Work can all be downloaded here:

Reports

Joining the Dots
Sustain
Local Food Links: The first ten years
Sustain
Impact of CSA
Soil Association
An investigation into the workings of small food hubs
Sustain
Building a Sustainable Community Food Hub
Sustain
Researching Student Attitudes to Food
Plunkett Foundation
Distribution Mapping Report
Eat Somerset
Food From the Urban Fringe
Making Local Food Work
From Field to Fork: Birstall
CPRE
Supply Chain Brokerage
East Anglia Food Link
From Field to Fork: Haslemere
CPRE
Supply Chain Development
East Anglia Food Link
From Field to Fork: Hastings
CPRE
A Growing Trade
Sustain
From Field to Fork: Kenilworth
CPRE
From Field to Fork: Knutsford
CPRE
From Field to Fork: Ledbury
CPRE
From Field to Fork: Sheffied
CPRE
From Field to Fork: Shrewsbury
CPRE

From Field to Fork: Totnes
CPRE

The Story of Moss Brook Growers
Sustain

Making Local Food Work Magazine 2012
Plunkett Foundation

From Field to Fork: The Value of England's local food webs
CPRE

Good Planning for Good Food
Sustain

Toolkits

Becoming a Country Markets Cook
Country Markets

An Introduction to Sales Techniques
Country Markets
Finding Customers for Local Food
Plunkett Foundation
Adding Value Through Catering Services
Sustain
Distribution of Surplus from Allotments
Sustain

Funding for Farmers' Markets
Plunkett Foundation

Grow A Grocery
Unicorn Grocery
Healthy Profit: A Guide to Pricing
Sustain
How to Open a Local Food Shop
Plunkett Foundation
Look for Local Food
Plunkett Foundation
Pig Ignorant: A guide to small scale pig keeping
Soil Association
Stalls That Sell More
Plunkett Foundation
Setting up an Organic Buying Group
Soil Association
Bring Fresh & Affordable Local Food to your University
Plunkett Foundation
Building Successful Farmers' Markets
Plunkett Foundation
Understanding Your Customers
Plunkett Foundation
Trading for Success
Plunkett Foundation 
Food Co-ops Toolkit
Sustain
How to set up a food co-op in a school
Sustain
How to set up a food co-op in a university
Sustain
How to set up a food co-op at work
Sustain
Growing Communities Manual of Monitoring & Evaluation
Growing Communities
A Share in the Harvest: CSA Action Manual
Soil  Association
Growing Manchester's Veg People: A Practical Guide
Manchester Veg People

The Simply Series from Co-operatives UK:

Local Food Systems Guides from Plunkett Foundation:

From Conflict to Co-operation from Co-operatives UK: