Support Southland's Longwood Loop - help us buy an electric van!

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Support Southland's Longwood Loop - Help Us Buy An Electric Van!

Project 2021-04-23 09:06:29 +1200

The Longwood Loop is a community food resilience loop, that connects the small rural towns surrounding the Longwood Mountains in Western Southland. Our electric van will travel from town to town bringing fresh, locally grown and made food to community hubs, picking up more produce to bring to the next hub . Everything would be ordered on an online "farmers market' so buyers know who grows the food and where.

The Longwood Loop will provide an important outlet for food growers and crafts people to sell what they produce, and will increase access to good food, and community connection for many in Western Southland, once established this van will serve 3 more "Loops" each week covering more than half of rural Southland.

When there is some form of natural disaster or pandemic, we have only 3 days of food in our supermarkets, as this food comes from all over the world and only a tiny fraction of it comes from the Southland region.  Now is the time, before disaster strikes, to re-localise some of our basic needs - things that we can grow and produce locally.

The Longwood Loop & the Electric Van to the rescue!

Re-localising will bring rejuvenation and resilience to our small country towns - food growers and producers will have access to the low-cost transport loop: their market will grow to 4,000+ people without having to leave their township. This will considerably reduce costs for producers, leading to lower prices for consumers.

This is a pilot for re-localising food for rural NZ - we have an online platform where locals can buy directly from locals, and with the electric van we are raising money for, no producer or consumer need to go more than 10km to buy or sell food through a trading hub.

This will socially, economically and environmentally benefit rural NZ: If just 20% of rural NZ spent just 20% of their current food bill locally, 1.5 million dollars would go back to rural NZ each week!

This van is initially for Western Southland and will travel 165km around the Longwood mountain range. Once we have this working well we will do 3 more loops with this one van: Central Southland, Northern Southland and Fiordland, at least once a week.

We have already received $36,000 from Community Trust South for this fabulous new e-deliver van: this campaign is for the balance. It is $5,000 more for the larger battery, so $20,000 pledged would be ideal. If we get pledged more than we need we will subsidise the running costs of the van while trading builds up. Eventually it will be self-funding with 10% of all trade used to run the loop. You can watch a review of the e-deliver here: https://youtu.be/IiCN2OrMMqo

South Coast Enviromnent Society  is a registered charity so all pledges are tax deductable and we email reciepts on request.

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Pledgers 19

Don Byars
2021-05-16 20:52:11 +1200
Emma GoodmanPledgeMe Staff
2021-05-14 14:18:34 +1200

"Testing :)"

Anonymous pledger
2021-05-11 21:06:28 +1200
Matt Couldrey
2021-05-11 15:57:26 +1200
Anthea Madill
2021-05-11 09:31:43 +1200
Jordan Wyatt
2021-05-11 09:27:17 +1200

"Thank you for all your great work! Invercargill Vegan Society"

Anonymous pledger
2021-05-10 08:58:11 +1200
Susan Kennedy
2021-05-07 17:58:27 +1200
Libby
2021-05-04 15:18:04 +1200
Liz kerslake
2021-05-04 09:31:38 +1200

"Awesomely inspiring initiative, all the best!"

Anonymous pledger
2021-05-03 11:56:50 +1200
Terry Guyton
2021-04-30 10:29:03 +1200

"A worthy cause indeed! Go team let's do this!"

Zebulon Lafe Horrell
2021-04-27 18:46:47 +1200

"Go you legends go! "

carol clapp
2021-04-27 12:42:02 +1200
Matt Todd
2021-04-27 10:55:13 +1200
Pat Hoffmann
2021-04-26 22:44:11 +1200
Kay Murray
2021-04-26 18:34:10 +1200
Dave Kennedy
2021-04-25 10:36:24 +1200
Anonymous pledger
2021-04-24 07:21:41 +1200

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Followers of Support Southland's Longwood Loop - help us buy an electric van!

Support Southland's Longwood Loop - Help Us Buy An Electric Van!

Project 2021-04-23 09:06:29 +1200

The Longwood Loop is a community food resilience loop, that connects the small rural towns surrounding the Longwood Mountains in Western Southland. Our electric van will travel from town to town bringing fresh, locally grown and made food to community hubs, picking up more produce to bring to the next hub . Everything would be ordered on an online "farmers market' so buyers know who grows the food and where.

The Longwood Loop will provide an important outlet for food growers and crafts people to sell what they produce, and will increase access to good food, and community connection for many in Western Southland, once established this van will serve 3 more "Loops" each week covering more than half of rural Southland.

When there is some form of natural disaster or pandemic, we have only 3 days of food in our supermarkets, as this food comes from all over the world and only a tiny fraction of it comes from the Southland region.  Now is the time, before disaster strikes, to re-localise some of our basic needs - things that we can grow and produce locally.

The Longwood Loop & the Electric Van to the rescue!

Re-localising will bring rejuvenation and resilience to our small country towns - food growers and producers will have access to the low-cost transport loop: their market will grow to 4,000+ people without having to leave their township. This will considerably reduce costs for producers, leading to lower prices for consumers.

This is a pilot for re-localising food for rural NZ - we have an online platform where locals can buy directly from locals, and with the electric van we are raising money for, no producer or consumer need to go more than 10km to buy or sell food through a trading hub.

This will socially, economically and environmentally benefit rural NZ: If just 20% of rural NZ spent just 20% of their current food bill locally, 1.5 million dollars would go back to rural NZ each week!

This van is initially for Western Southland and will travel 165km around the Longwood mountain range. Once we have this working well we will do 3 more loops with this one van: Central Southland, Northern Southland and Fiordland, at least once a week.

We have already received $36,000 from Community Trust South for this fabulous new e-deliver van: this campaign is for the balance. It is $5,000 more for the larger battery, so $20,000 pledged would be ideal. If we get pledged more than we need we will subsidise the running costs of the van while trading builds up. Eventually it will be self-funding with 10% of all trade used to run the loop. You can watch a review of the e-deliver here: https://youtu.be/IiCN2OrMMqo

South Coast Enviromnent Society  is a registered charity so all pledges are tax deductable and we email reciepts on request.

Comments

Hey! Thanks for checking out this project.

We haven't made any updates yet, follow us if you want to be notified when we do.

Don Byars
2021-05-16 20:52:11 +1200
Emma GoodmanPledgeMe Staff
2021-05-14 14:18:34 +1200

"Testing :)"

Anonymous pledger
2021-05-11 21:06:28 +1200
Matt Couldrey
2021-05-11 15:57:26 +1200
Anthea Madill
2021-05-11 09:31:43 +1200
Jordan Wyatt
2021-05-11 09:27:17 +1200

"Thank you for all your great work! Invercargill Vegan Society"

Anonymous pledger
2021-05-10 08:58:11 +1200
Susan Kennedy
2021-05-07 17:58:27 +1200
Libby
2021-05-04 15:18:04 +1200
Liz kerslake
2021-05-04 09:31:38 +1200

"Awesomely inspiring initiative, all the best!"

Anonymous pledger
2021-05-03 11:56:50 +1200
Terry Guyton
2021-04-30 10:29:03 +1200

"A worthy cause indeed! Go team let's do this!"

Zebulon Lafe Horrell
2021-04-27 18:46:47 +1200

"Go you legends go! "

carol clapp
2021-04-27 12:42:02 +1200
Matt Todd
2021-04-27 10:55:13 +1200
Pat Hoffmann
2021-04-26 22:44:11 +1200
Kay Murray
2021-04-26 18:34:10 +1200
Dave Kennedy
2021-04-25 10:36:24 +1200
Anonymous pledger
2021-04-24 07:21:41 +1200

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