In partnership with Vocoform
People Buying Together: a micro-enterprise model
Leaven Community Neighbors Buying Together/la Comunidad de Leaven Vecinos Comprando Juntos, is a Leaven Community LION* organizing action for creating equity and justice around access to fresh food for all neighbors.
- Vocoform, (a Leaven Community partner), empowers their micro-enterprise model: People Buying Together, to facilitate food access. The produce comes through Charlie's Produce, a Cascadia-grown employee-owned business and is sustainability grown and transported from farms located locally and throughout the Pacific NW, California and Mexico. Read more at Charlie's Produce to see the documentation and standards growers must provide for organic and non-GMO produce.
- Micro Business (MB) coordinator organizes production and engages in community building with...
- Leaven Community LION leaders and members; cultivating relationships among neighbors to act collectively and powerfully with their money and resources.
- Neighbors and organizers share information with other neighbors and friends in a variety of settings, (individually, house gatherings, community meetings). Neighbors are invited to sign-up as participants and/or volunteers.
- The total amount of $84 (four-week month) or $105 (five-week month) is paid at the beginning of each month with cash or a SNAP/EBT, debit, or credit card. The cost breaks down to $21 per week.
- If two households partner and buy one order together, each household pay $42 (four-week month) or $54.50 (five-week month), which breaks down to $10.50 per week.
The Weekly Action
- MB coordinator creates weekly order in collaboration with Vocoform: People Buying Together
- Bulk order arrives and MB coordinator and volunteers set up tables and produce
- Leaven Community: Neighbors Buying Together members arrive, check-in
- Members fill their bags with ordered amounts of selected vegetables/fruits. Table is present for exchanging produce households will not eat with produce they will eat
- Members return home with healthy food each week.
- MB coordinator and volunteers clean up and close site
*Leaven Community LION: Living Intentionally in Our Neighborhoods
5431 NE 20TH AVE
PORTLAND, OR 97211