LOVE LOCAL SPREADS THE LOVE!
The days are getting longer and it is great to get some sunny days. Love Local has had a positive October, with our deliveries expanding into Edendale and Wyndham. Thank you to Edendale School, who is acting as a hub for the community. We have also had a number of new customers sign up for our weekly delivery service, which is exciting, as we spread the Love Local message. In conjunction with our existing deliveries in Bluff and Invercargill, it is great to share our service and community support more broadly.
Another highlight for October was the commencement of Koha Kai as a supplier of produce to Love Local. As a fellow social enterprise, it feels great to be able to support each other’s ventures, which supports our community as well. We are committed to supporting local growers and are excited by new growers in our area.
We have also been generating some interest across social media, with the creation of a video segment sharing ideas for utilising the contents of your Love Local delivery each week. Be sure to follow us on Facebook if you would like to keep up to date with this. We may have some interesting new developments, in this vein, so watch this space. As always, we welcome any suggestions for other content you would like to see.
We are committed to improving services for our existing customers, as well as developing our support of the community. Please look out for and participate in our survey that will be out next month. It is open to both customers and non-customers and we really value your time and input.
Thanks for your support.
Louise Duffy, Operations Manager
MEET THE TEAM!
Each month we will be introducing you to one of the dedicated team behind Love Local.
This month we are catching up with Wendy Bailey.
What is your role with Love Local?
I am a newbie volunteer with Love Local and help pack the bags on a Wednesday morning.
What is something people are surprised to find out about you?
I like keeping up with interesting/different new music. I read that 70% of people stop listening to new music after the age of 30 so miss out on a wealth of new talent. If you’re interested then check out artists like Twenty One Pilots, Crippled Black Phoenix (reminds me of a NZ-group called Battle Circus), and Skinny Hobos.
How long have you been involved with Love Local?
I discovered them online a couple of months ago and started ordering a regular bag after Louise called in to answer my questions.
What led you to be involved?
Love the concept of sustainable living and that includes supporting local growers where possible (Love Local!!), being part of a social enterprise that cares for social and environmental impacts, and supplying vibrant foods that fuel our bodies.
What is the most rewarding?
Working with a passionate and dedicated team that are making a difference
What is your favourite saying?
I studied environmental and sustainability papers in 2005-2006 and only then realised the impact humans were having on our precious Mother Earth. I found this saying for a Plants and People (Ethnobotany) assignment: “Toitū te marae o Tāne, Toitū te marae o Tangaroa, Toitū te iwi”—Care for the domain of Tane Mahuta (Guardian of the Forest) and Tangaroa (Guardian of the sea) and the land will sustain you. Another favourite, “Everything is connected”.