Locavore Community Interest Company

Locavore Community Interest Company

Locavore is a social enterprise which exists to help build a more sustainable local food system which is better for our local economy, the environment and our communities. They are about making the money spent on food do more for the benefit of society and our environment. Locavore has been working with this brief since 2011 to develop ideas and practical solutions which can be used to deliver a better food network. Over this time they have opened a shop, developed a market garden, established a veg box scheme and got lots of people more engaged in thinking about issues around food, where it comes from, and the fairness and sustainability of mainstream supply chains.

Locavore believes at the root of all big overwhelming global and local problems is the basic model of the big corporations who run the food system. They exist to extract as much money as possible from customers for the benefit of their shareholders. With supermarket chains in the UK holding 97% the grocery market it’s not much of a surprise that things are in such a dire state.

It's their ambition to continue to grow and scale up what they do so they can trade in the same marketplace as the big corporates, but with our own values and for the benefit of society.


Locavore Community Interest Company believes in:

(1) Fairness, that means a fair price for the shopper as well as fair pay for employees, producers and farmers. It also means producing things in a way which is fair for society and the environment we depend on.

(2) A healthy environment, a low-carbon food system which reduces food miles, industrialised processing and artificial inputs. We believe in looking after the soil, water and air which supports us and everything else.

(3) Using money to do good, they see money as a tool for positive change in society. By taking shareholders out the picture they can build sustainable local food economies which keep money more fairly distributed.

(4) Honesty, they believe in frank discussions about the future of food, admitting when things aren’t perfect and trying to improve them. We believe in selling things as they are and avoiding misleading claims.

(5) Great food, in great tasting food and the importance it has on health and well-being in all cultures and communities.

Ivo Valkenburg

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