LOCAVORE; Community food in Glasgow’s Southside.

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Still got some Christmas food shopping or gift buying to do? Look no further than Locavore for all your yummy delights.

They have a fabulous living Christmas tree rental scheme where the trees will be planted afterwards at their market garden in Neilston where they will form a new hedgerow and wildlife habitat.

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They also have lovely foraged wreaths and some yummy hampers on the go!


We asked Reuben from Locavore to tell us more about their social enterprise
Locavore is a local food store and social enterprise that is now fairly well established, how long have you been running?
Locavore has been trading since May 2012.

What is you mission statement / aim?
Locavore is a not for profit social enterprise which exists to help build a more sustainable local food system. By this we mean one which looks to add positively to society at every opportunity by contributing to a fair economy, protecting the environment and nourishing a healthy food culture.

What does the shop specialise in / stock?
You have a few projects on the go at the moment. Can you tell us more about?
Our activities include:
• Running a Grocery Store on the south-side of Glasgow which sells local, organic produce, dry goods, organic meat & Cheese and other better choice groceries and household goods.
• Delivering local organic veg boxes and groceries across west-central Scotland.
• Producing fruit, vegetables and eggs at our 2.5 acre market garden in the urban periphery of Glasgow, 8 miles from our shop. Our produce supplies our shop, veg box scheme and a few other local shops.
• Creating opportunities to get involved and learn more about local food and growing through workshops and sessions including community garden sessions at our Urban Croft in the south-side of Glasgow. Here we also create opportunities for local people to growing for profit on a small scale.
• Other work we do includes delivering a food back alternative (Good Food Fund), creating training and volunteering opportunities and being a strong voice for a better food system through our place in the Glasgow Local Food Network and Glasgow Food Policy Partnership.

You have been a resident in Govanhill for some time now. What do you like about the area?
I’ve lived here the last 5 years and through starting South Seeds and Locavore met lots of really dedicated people who are working against the odds to improve the area and that’s really inspiring. Urinating into the wind is a difficult task but a lot of people and organisations seem to manage to pull it off with great eligance in Govanhill, you do see the occasional unwanted shower as well.

What are your opening times?
The Locavore Grocery Store is open 9-7 Monday-Friday and 10-5.30 at weekends.

You can find Locavore on facebook;

https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowLocavore/?fref=ts

They are situated on 66 Nithsdale Road.

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