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

    Colin Tanner
    2021-05-20 18:55:27 +1200
    Theo Andrew Redepenning
    2021-05-20 18:18:27 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2021-05-20 17:23:37 +1200
    Jenny Klosser
    2021-05-20 01:14:18 +1200
    Lizzy Redding
    2021-05-19 23:47:57 +1200
    Philippa Jamieson
    2021-05-19 16:15:47 +1200

    "Awesome initiative! Imagine if this kind of local food distribution was rolled out across the nation - healthy local food, supporting our own regions. "

    Anonymous pledger
    2021-05-19 16:14:26 +1200

    "Great idea to grow community as well as health"

    Julia Fast
    2021-05-19 15:36:20 +1200
    Katherine Marsters
    2021-05-18 20:51:52 +1200
    Ham Davidson
    2021-05-18 18:29:36 +1200

    "<3"

    Roger & Margaret Baillie
    2021-05-18 15:03:31 +1200
    Robertson
    2021-05-18 11:52:54 +1200

    "correct email is [email protected]"

    Anonymous pledger
    2021-05-18 11:50:35 +1200
    Wendy Joy
    2021-05-17 20:27:09 +1200

    "Very happy to support this project. "

    Tom Macfarlane
    2021-05-17 15:30:48 +1200

    "Grow team grow!"

    Anonymous pledger
    2021-05-17 10:45:50 +1200

    "Awesome and best of luck"

    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

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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.

     

      Colin Tanner
      2021-05-20 18:55:27 +1200
      Theo Andrew Redepenning
      2021-05-20 18:18:27 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2021-05-20 17:23:37 +1200
      Jenny Klosser
      2021-05-20 01:14:18 +1200
      Lizzy Redding
      2021-05-19 23:47:57 +1200
      Philippa Jamieson
      2021-05-19 16:15:47 +1200

      "Awesome initiative! Imagine if this kind of local food distribution was rolled out across the nation - healthy local food, supporting our own regions. "

      Anonymous pledger
      2021-05-19 16:14:26 +1200

      "Great idea to grow community as well as health"

      Julia Fast
      2021-05-19 15:36:20 +1200
      Katherine Marsters
      2021-05-18 20:51:52 +1200
      Ham Davidson
      2021-05-18 18:29:36 +1200

      "<3"

      Roger & Margaret Baillie
      2021-05-18 15:03:31 +1200
      Robertson
      2021-05-18 11:52:54 +1200

      "correct email is [email protected]"

      Anonymous pledger
      2021-05-18 11:50:35 +1200
      Wendy Joy
      2021-05-17 20:27:09 +1200

      "Very happy to support this project. "

      Tom Macfarlane
      2021-05-17 15:30:48 +1200

      "Grow team grow!"

      Anonymous pledger
      2021-05-17 10:45:50 +1200

      "Awesome and best of luck"

      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

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