At this meeting on 17th February we started go through our idea.
From the previous meeting we were all given a tasks to start primary research. I was asked to research what was already out there like our proposal, Kirsty was contacting the allotment group at the Botanic’s, Vicky was speaking to an independent salad bar in Dundee town centre and Abbie was asked to talk to her father about his allotment.
From the notes gathered on the 17th we decide to think about fresh local produce from allotments in the area and contact people that we knew who owned allotments.
Questions were raised such as:
Do allotment owners care about their surplus?
What would we offer as a company?
What type of demand would be put on the company to distribute to a buisness for example?
We decided to look on the internet to see what was out there already. Here is a mind map I made that includes all the websites I researched that were focused on giving back to the community, surplus laws and similar organisations.
In this meeting we wanted to think about our idea in more detail. Due to our company selling surplus crops from allotments Abbie came up with the quirky, self-explanatory name of ‘Allotleft’ . Having read a governemnt journal it became clear that as a company we could sell surplus crops but it would be illegal for the allotment owners to receive money for their crops. So to target this we decided it would be fitting to give the allotment club the money back as a charitable donation. Allotleft would be a non-profit organisation that would be have strong links with the local community to survive.
As a group we thought about how we would distribute the crops to the local communities- mainly through farmers markets. We also had discussions about advertising, current supermarket prices on fruit and veg and also what local events were up and coming surrounding selling local produce. Kirsty knew of a few organisations and named one in particular that took place the week after this meeting at The Bridge on the Perth Road. Kirsty and Leanne attended the event and spoke to the volunteers about their produce and about our project.
Here are my rough notes from the meeting: