Poland’s Malopolska region is a different kind of Europe – still a land of small farms, subsistence farming, living landscapes, local traditions and chemical-free food.
People, food and places are still connected! Here are just three of our examples:
But our local heritage is under attack! Pressure is increasing from industrial farming, food imports, GMOs and supermarket culture. Just as in other parts of Europe and North America, the ties that bind people, food and places are breaking down. What’s more, we are not getting access to the food we want. We must face down new problems of food waste, obesity and malnutrition.
People are reacting. They no longer want mass produced food. They want an alternative. They want to know where and who their food comes from. They want another way. They want healthy. They want safe. They want to know how the food they buy is made. But they still want convenient.
LOCAL FOOD SYSTEMS are an answer – cut out intermediaries and shorten the distance from producer to consumer to make food more local, more personal, more available and traceable to people and places.
Malopolska can be a model for a more sustainable local food system, if we can work out how to organize our 137,000 small farmers and help them to connect with consumers. We need them to rediscover and nurture our connections between products, people and places.
To achieve this, thanks to funding from the Swiss-Polish Cooperation Programme (2011-2016), we have built an operating local food system calledLocal Products from Malopolska.
We need YOUR help now to increase its economic, social and environmental impact.
WHAT WE HAVE ACHIEVED (as of Jan 2017)
120+ food producers from across Malopolska are actively co-creating Local Products from Malopolska
25 farmers assisted in meeting food safety and tax requirements, enabling them to produce and sell (legally) to consumers,
8 distribution channels developed (on-farm sales, buyers’ clubs, restaurants, catering, shops, events, schools, farmers’ markets)
295 products, 32 farms certified under our scheme to assure quality, traceability and environmental performance,
8 Buyers’ Clubs operate weekly sales sessions, expanded through additon of new collection points
1 IT-platform supports the operations of individual Buyers’ Clubs
2 Farmers’ Markets established (Krakow-Podgorze & Lanckorona operating since 2013)
1 Centre for Local Culinary Culture – Marchewka Bistro operating in Krakow-Nowa Huta since June 2015. Ready for replicating as a franchise operation in new locations
1 Kitchen Incubator provides facilities for food processing for 60 + local farmers [operating since September 2016 in Stryszow, nr Krakow]
5 on-farm kitchens operating in Liszki as a decentralised kitchen incubator [since October 2016]
18 Malopolska schools focused on eating responsibly
And we have…
educated consumers about food and why local food is better
more consumers visiting producers and getting to know the heritage places, where local food is produced,
campaigned successfully to introduce new tax and food safety rules enabling farmers to process and sell what they produce on their farms
made local food a public issue.
SOME OF OUR FOOD ENTREPRENEURS
WITH YOUR SUPPORT, WE CAN DO MORE
Scaling up economic, social and environmental impact of LOCAL PRODUCTS FROM MALOPOLSKA means increasing the number of producers and consumers participating, the range of products offered for sale and sales volumes.
This is where YOU can make a difference
Make a DONATION and help us bring in more small farmers, organise anf turn them into food entrepreneurs. Help us ensure that the public benefit of access to affordable, local food, nature and landscape conservation and cultural heritage preservation remains at the heart of what we are doing.
All donations gratefully accepted as every zloty, dollar, euro or pound donated will allow us to make more of a difference
Support local food entrepreneurs and become part of the local food revolution in Malopolska
1. Develop further and replicate in new locations, the Centre for Local Culinary Culture – Marchewka Bistro, operating in the Nowa Huta Cultural Centre in Krakow as a promotion and distribution centre for local products from Malopolska. [read more…]
2. Engage more small farmers turn them into food entrepreneurs. [read more…]
3. Support the Kitchen Incubator in Stryszow (50 km from Krakow) in its work to help local farmers process their own food products for market. [read more…]
4. Campaign for more favourable tax and sanitary regulations for local food systems. [read more…]
5. Develop and refine our IT-platform for supporting Buyers’ Clubs [read more…]
6. Promote local food as benefit for economy, public health, combatting social exclusion, reducing environmenal impact and protection of our cultural, natural and landscape heritage. [read more…]
7. Establish a service company and loan fund for sustaining and scaling-up the Local Products from Malopolska as a social business. [read more…]
8. Connect with other food systems in Poland, Europe and further afield to build a grassroots movement for making our global food system more sustainable.
As a supporter, you will receive:
Public recognition and acknowledgment as a supporter (if desired),
Updates on local food and farmers in Malopolska,
Updates on economic, social and environmental impacts achieved,
Invitations to food events and activities in Krakow & Malopolska,
Information on visits to farms and food producers,
Information on the natural, cultural and landscape values of the regions in which local food is produced,
Opportunity to participate in a study visit to Malopolska
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