Bishopston gets real about food

August 03 2015

IMAGINE a community coming together to buy food, share recipes and build relationships with their suppliers.

IMAGINE a community coming together to buy food, share recipes and build relationships with their suppliers.

Well, for one Bishopston resident, this vision is fast becoming a reality.

Sophie Laggan, who is involved in the Real Economy – a community of people working together to shape the future of Bristol's food system – is looking to create a cooperative food network in the area.

A neighbourhood 'buying group' will be established, with a local organiser giving access to local producers using Real Economy's website.

According to Sophie – a masters student in sustainable development – the beauty of the Real Economy is that it allows the community to create an online shop where buyers purchase food online and collect it from a central point every week.

The venue can then be used to cook and eat together, or for whatever the community desire.

Real Economy has already set-up 11 buying groups in and around Bristol.

Sophie held a meeting last month at Cafe Ronak to bring local people together to discuss how a buyers group could be tailored to meet the local community's needs.

Sophie said: “I want to see a new type of food system emerge, one that focuses on the community's needs and respects those of our suppliers.

More than this, I want to see how we can learn about local, sustainable food and support people who may want to sell their homemade produce.”

For more information about the Real Economy, visit: realeconomy.co.uk