July 8, 2012 by leedscommunitybakery
We’re a small group of bakers planning to set up Leeds’ first Community Supported Bakery.
What is a Community Supported Bakery (CSB)?
A CSB is a bakery which is set up with the support and involvement of the local community. This helps to create a more direct relationship between the bakers and customers.
The idea for Community Supported Baking comes from Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), which The Soil Association describes as: “A partnership between farmers and the local community, providing mutual benefits and reconnecting people to the land where their food is grown”.
There are currently only a handful of CSB in the UK: The Handmade Bakery in Slaithwaite; Breadshare Bakery in the Scottish Borders. There are more examples of successful CSBs across the pond: Columbia City Bakery.
How would a CSB work?
There are different CSB models around. Some are subscription based (like a veg box) and deliver breads and cakes weekly to drop off points at convenient places near your home. Others run through a combination of subscription and farmers’ market stalls.
We are still working out what the best CSB model would be. At this stage we are trying to gauge the level of interest out there.
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