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Practical Guides and Toolkits

Below are some practical guides and toolkits from this company end of tenancy London to help you set up or develop a community food enterprise . Where appropriate they have been grouped per type of enterprise, but all of the resources will have relevant tips and information whatever the type of enterprise you are interested in. If you find any of the links are broken let us know by emailing

Making Local Food Work Magazine!

We are delighted to share the Making Local Food Work magazine with you, available to download from here. The magazine, produced as a showcase of our work over the past five years, highlighting the impact both we and the community food enterprises we've worked with have had, was produced for Making Local Food Our Future, the final conference for Making Local Food Work, that saw over 500 people attend on 20th March.

Community Supported Agriculture projects

A Share in the Harvest - essential reading for anyone interested in setting up a CSA project. Download the Appendices here too.

Pig ignorant - a guide to small scale pig keeping.

Country Markets

Better Business - a guide for producers.

An introduction to selling techniques.

Food Co-ops

Food Co-ops Toolkit - a simple start-up guide.

The following publications have also been produced to help set up food co-ops in specific settings: School, University and Work.

Buying Groups and Food Hubs

Food hubs - adding value through catering.

Food hubs - distribution of surplus from allotments.

Organic buying groups - a guide to setting one up.

Local food shops

Local Food Guide - a guide to stocking and selling more local food.

Local Food Shops - a guide to opening one, produced in partnership with River Cottage.

Grow a grocery - a guide to opening a wholefood co-operative.

Local food shops and farmers' markets

Understanding Your Customer - a guide to help local food retailers increase their customer base

Finding Customers for Local Food - using customer profiling. A guide for local food retailers.

Farmers' Markets

Successful markets - ensuring your market is a success.

Producers workbook - a guide for farmers involved in farmers' markets.

Funding Tips - a guide to funding for farmers' markets.

Using the media - a practical guide for farmers' markets.

Farmer research publications

Increasing collaboration between farmers and local communities: This is the research summary and recommendations from Plunkett Foundation.

Supporting local farmers and local food: A guide to how communities can create closer links with their local farmers.

Keeping farming local: A guide to creating closer links between farmers and their local networks.  

Simply Suite

The Simply Suite is a collection of publications specially developed for community groups seeking more information about the legal, financial and governance aspects of their enterprises.

Simply Start Up - a guide to the Simply Suite and a great starting place for enterprises.

Simply Legal - a guide to legal structures for community enterprises.

Simply Governance - a guide to understanding the systems and processes concerned with the running of a sustainable community enterprise.

Simply Finance - a comprehensive guide to the different options for financing a community enterprise.

Overcoming Conflict

From Conflict to Co-operation is a series of five cartoon booklets from Co-operatives UK which aims to help enterprises not only deal with conflict when it arises but also avoid unnecessary conflict:

1. Conflict - where it comes from and how to deal with it

2. Communications Skills

3. Meetings and decision making

4. Organisational growth and development

5. Role and responsibilities of the committee

Other resources

The Social Enterprise Toolbox - a link to a collection of tools and resources developed by the Specialist Enterprise Support strand of the programme, please note our thanks to the wooden bed slats company for their staff donations.

A student guide - a practical introduction to community food enterprises for students.

Using the media - a practical guide for all community food enterprises.



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