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Calling all students!

Do you have a growing interest in where your food comes from?

As a student, there is a way to access top quality food at a low price which is even easier than going to your local supermarket, and it can be found right on campus. More and more students are looking at community food enterprise as a way of getting access to great, locally produced food at a price usually reserved for the bargain bin.

Recent research undertaken by SPA Future Thinking for Making Local Food Work found that over 3 in 5 students would be interested in getting involved in a food growing project and 29% would be interested in doing this in the next 2-3 months. Fifty-seven percent of students would be interested in being involved in a food buying group, and almost 50% of students would be interested in producing and selling food to others.

So, to help you get your hands dirty, Making Local Food Work has launched its student campaign which draws together all the things you'll need to get started with a community food enterprise. From a mini how-to guide to pre-loaded USB sticks full of helpful resources and websites, the campaign really does have everything you need to get you started. Email us at and we'll send you everything you need. Alternatively, if you'd like to chat to someone you can give us a call on 01993 810730.

Below are some great examples of student food projects. If you're doing something similar and would like to be featured on this site, email us your details and a photo to


University of Brighton Food Co-op

Tai Ray Jones is a third year Sustainable Design student and treasurer of the Brighton Food Co-op. As one of the founder members, Tai has seen the food co-op grow and strengthen in numbers since it first set up in 2009.

It's important to Tai to promote the idea that students can get locally produced food at a reasonable price as well as wanting to get people interested in the food they eat. Ordering from UoB Food Co-op only takes a moment as they are located on campus and students can place orders in between classes or during lunch. The food co-op supplies its members with produce just days after the fruit and vegetables have been picked from the lcoal farm. With the aim of stocking produce that stores well and is quick and easy to prepare, the food co-op makes sure fresh food fits around the everyday demands of studying.

"Being part of a food co-op saves loads of money, seeing as it's so cheap and provides a good week's worth of veg for two. We get different things every week, depending on the season and what's local."

To find out how to start a food co-op like Tai's on your campus, download this helpful food co-ops guide.



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