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 not for profit 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 transport disruption, we have only 3 days supply 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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Thanks everyone! We are going to make it and if we get to $20,000 we can get the bigger battery

31/05/2021 at 1:33 PM

The bigger battery will enable the van to do each loop without needed to be charged in the way even when the van is fully laden. 

Thanks everyone for pledging to enable this amazing project to go ahead!

 

 

This project is a pilot for all rural NZ. This van will serve half of Southland and bring the source of fresh food back home.

29/05/2021 at 10:19 PM

We are so close, we have raised $46.800, with $4,200 to go for the EV distribution van. Please give a little and share ASAP as the Pledgeme campaign closes 4pm Monday!
Check out the great rewards there is honey, hampers, forest garden tours, meals and accommodation and more!

Three new rewards added and five days to go!

26/05/2021 at 9:31 PM

It is now time to pledge and share, with 5 days to go, and we have added 3 more reward levels gifted by more supporters.

It is great that with crowd funding we can do this, and be the start of bringing the source of NZ food home.  In Southland only 5% of our food is sourced from Southland presently, it is time to turn the tide.

If just 40 people gift us $100, 40 people gift us $50 and 40 people gift us $25 we can be the change NZ needs.  If you have already gifted share again with all you contacts.  We can do this!

A week to go to secure the van

24/05/2021 at 4:12 PM

We have raised a total of $42,350 so far and ONLY $8,650 to go!

Thank you to eveyone who has pledged so generously so far we are nearly there.  Now is a great time to let your friends and family know to pledge or share so we can get over the line. Lots of little pledges add up quickly.  Thanks for your support.

 

    Pledgers 125

    Anonymous pledger
    2021-05-30 08:39:11 +1200
    Holz Mckenzie
    2021-05-29 23:21:21 +1200
    Libby
    2021-05-29 22:22:41 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2021-05-29 22:05:57 +1200

    "All the best for this amazing project!"

    Cherie and Michael Berkers
    2021-05-29 21:03:37 +1200
    Pleasance Hansen
    2021-05-29 20:12:36 +1200
    Racheal
    2021-05-29 16:40:56 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2021-05-29 16:06:10 +1200

    "This is just what we need!"

    Christina Bellis
    2021-05-29 13:39:29 +1200

    "Great initiative, Hollie and team!! Loving your never-exhausted passion and drive to make positive change in our communities. Christina"

    Roseanne Hall
    2021-05-29 12:05:25 +1200

    "A great initiative for sharing locally grown produce"

    Anonymous pledger
    2021-05-29 09:51:28 +1200

    "Honey is for my mum"

    Carol Henderson
    2021-05-29 09:25:44 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2021-05-29 09:03:52 +1200

    "Hello"

    Lorraine Johnston
    2021-05-29 06:05:36 +1200
    Patricia Scott
    2021-05-28 22:24:31 +1200

    "Thank you to Robyn and Robert at the Riverton Environnment Centre for all your mahi and best wishes for your vision enabling those in the Longwood Loop to contribute to producing and sharing your beautiful food."

    Barry Pulford
    2021-05-28 20:56:14 +1200

    "I wish you every success with your fundraising!"

    Roger Hodgkinson
    2021-05-28 17:59:57 +1200

    "I am pleased to support this important local rural community initiative in fostering provincial resistance through enabling more local produce to be grown / consumed in Southland. Hopefully we will see this inspired rural business model being duplicated successfully in other regions of New Zealand."

    Karla
    2021-05-28 15:35:47 +1200
    Dan
    2021-05-28 15:11:50 +1200

    "Aweome kaupapa whanau lets do it!"

    Anonymous pledger
    2021-05-28 13:55:11 +1200

    "Awesome innovative economic development, just what our rural community needs!"

    Nigel
    2021-05-28 11:11:52 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2021-05-28 10:27:47 +1200
    Rex Graveley
    2021-05-27 15:09:38 +1200

    "The idea of the Longwood Loop almost inspired us to move to Riverton.....the cold changed our minds!! Good luck!"

    Gordyn Hamblyn
    2021-05-27 13:36:35 +1200
    Oli Cameron
    2021-05-27 07:42:33 +1200
    Dave Kennedy
    2021-05-27 00:58:52 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2021-05-26 23:07:31 +1200
    Marina Seager
    2021-05-26 22:14:38 +1200

    "Happy to support this great initiative. "

    Wendy Voon
    2021-05-26 15:45:12 +1200

    "Support local growers!"

    Wendy Voon
    2021-05-26 15:40:41 +1200

    "I believe in its capability in connecting the local growers with the community; improving food security, health and wellbeing; building a resilient food system and stronger community."

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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 not for profit 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 transport disruption, we have only 3 days supply 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

    You need to pledge to see this update.

    Thanks everyone! We are going to make it and if we get to $20,000 we can get the bigger battery

    31/05/2021 at 1:33 PM

    The bigger battery will enable the van to do each loop without needed to be charged in the way even when the van is fully laden. 

    Thanks everyone for pledging to enable this amazing project to go ahead!

     

     

    This project is a pilot for all rural NZ. This van will serve half of Southland and bring the source of fresh food back home.

    29/05/2021 at 10:19 PM

    We are so close, we have raised $46.800, with $4,200 to go for the EV distribution van. Please give a little and share ASAP as the Pledgeme campaign closes 4pm Monday!
    Check out the great rewards there is honey, hampers, forest garden tours, meals and accommodation and more!

    Three new rewards added and five days to go!

    26/05/2021 at 9:31 PM

    It is now time to pledge and share, with 5 days to go, and we have added 3 more reward levels gifted by more supporters.

    It is great that with crowd funding we can do this, and be the start of bringing the source of NZ food home.  In Southland only 5% of our food is sourced from Southland presently, it is time to turn the tide.

    If just 40 people gift us $100, 40 people gift us $50 and 40 people gift us $25 we can be the change NZ needs.  If you have already gifted share again with all you contacts.  We can do this!

    A week to go to secure the van

    24/05/2021 at 4:12 PM

    We have raised a total of $42,350 so far and ONLY $8,650 to go!

    Thank you to eveyone who has pledged so generously so far we are nearly there.  Now is a great time to let your friends and family know to pledge or share so we can get over the line. Lots of little pledges add up quickly.  Thanks for your support.

     

      Anonymous pledger
      2021-05-30 08:39:11 +1200
      Holz Mckenzie
      2021-05-29 23:21:21 +1200
      Libby
      2021-05-29 22:22:41 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2021-05-29 22:05:57 +1200

      "All the best for this amazing project!"

      Cherie and Michael Berkers
      2021-05-29 21:03:37 +1200
      Pleasance Hansen
      2021-05-29 20:12:36 +1200
      Racheal
      2021-05-29 16:40:56 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2021-05-29 16:06:10 +1200

      "This is just what we need!"

      Christina Bellis
      2021-05-29 13:39:29 +1200

      "Great initiative, Hollie and team!! Loving your never-exhausted passion and drive to make positive change in our communities. Christina"

      Roseanne Hall
      2021-05-29 12:05:25 +1200

      "A great initiative for sharing locally grown produce"

      Anonymous pledger
      2021-05-29 09:51:28 +1200

      "Honey is for my mum"

      Carol Henderson
      2021-05-29 09:25:44 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2021-05-29 09:03:52 +1200

      "Hello"

      Lorraine Johnston
      2021-05-29 06:05:36 +1200
      Patricia Scott
      2021-05-28 22:24:31 +1200

      "Thank you to Robyn and Robert at the Riverton Environnment Centre for all your mahi and best wishes for your vision enabling those in the Longwood Loop to contribute to producing and sharing your beautiful food."

      Barry Pulford
      2021-05-28 20:56:14 +1200

      "I wish you every success with your fundraising!"

      Roger Hodgkinson
      2021-05-28 17:59:57 +1200

      "I am pleased to support this important local rural community initiative in fostering provincial resistance through enabling more local produce to be grown / consumed in Southland. Hopefully we will see this inspired rural business model being duplicated successfully in other regions of New Zealand."

      Karla
      2021-05-28 15:35:47 +1200
      Dan
      2021-05-28 15:11:50 +1200

      "Aweome kaupapa whanau lets do it!"

      Anonymous pledger
      2021-05-28 13:55:11 +1200

      "Awesome innovative economic development, just what our rural community needs!"

      Nigel
      2021-05-28 11:11:52 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2021-05-28 10:27:47 +1200
      Rex Graveley
      2021-05-27 15:09:38 +1200

      "The idea of the Longwood Loop almost inspired us to move to Riverton.....the cold changed our minds!! Good luck!"

      Gordyn Hamblyn
      2021-05-27 13:36:35 +1200
      Oli Cameron
      2021-05-27 07:42:33 +1200
      Dave Kennedy
      2021-05-27 00:58:52 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2021-05-26 23:07:31 +1200
      Marina Seager
      2021-05-26 22:14:38 +1200

      "Happy to support this great initiative. "

      Wendy Voon
      2021-05-26 15:45:12 +1200

      "Support local growers!"

      Wendy Voon
      2021-05-26 15:40:41 +1200

      "I believe in its capability in connecting the local growers with the community; improving food security, health and wellbeing; building a resilient food system and stronger community."

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