Sustainable food systems are one of the main environmental trends of 2013 and small business is a large part of making it happen.
Garden City 2.0 is one of the many social enterprises taking advantage of Christchurch’s changing business landscape following the earthquakes. Working with software start-up Bucky Box, these two companies are an example of sustainable businesses working together for a common goal, which given the increasing challenges we face with land use, climate change and an extractive economy, is more important than ever.
Vege box schemes are becoming more popular as consumers become more concerned with the ethics and sustainability of their food consumption. In periods of economic downturn, these sorts of micro-enterprises are also providing people with jobs and increased financial security.
Garden City 2.0 is focused on improving food sustainability and security in Christchurch, taking advantage of the opportunities supplied by the devastating earthquakes.
The project manager for Garden City 2.0, Bailey Peryman, is very passionate aboutsocial enterprise which he sees as an alternative to the long-term funding and resourcing challenges of some activities in the community sector. Bailey said that he sees social enterprise as a viable option “in the face of an increasingly competitive community sector, global financial insecurity and a general imperative to work collectively”.
“We want to redirect local spending on food into initiatives that generate resilience in our local food system” said recent Vodafone World of Difference winner, Perryman.
At the moment Garden City 2.0 has focused their efforts on the eastern suburbs of Sumner & Redcliffs but hope to expand to the rest of the city when spaces become available for growing and packing. Focusing on one area has allowed the team to trial their processes and find the best way to encourage local residents to embrace the local food revolution and support local farmers.
Bucky Box enables Garden City 2.0 to achieve their goals by providing the software behind the scenes and providing a network of supportive and motivating people who have a lot of knowledge of local food systems. By decreasing the amount of time spent on admin, Bailey and his team have much more time to spend building the Sumner & Redcliffs community through various initiatives focused on food.
These social enterprises are collaborating to create a more resilient and sustainable future for Christchurch, as the name suggests, a Garden City 2.0.
What examples of exciting sustainability-focused and collaborative enterprise have you seen in your area?
If you would like to find out more about Garden City 2.0 head to their Facebook page
If you want to know more about Bucky Box or are thinking of starting up a local food distribution business head to their website