EarthSea Plantbased Wholefoods is turning into a community shop, run by and for members of Hollingdean (and surrounding) community. We are calling on those who want to preserve the shop for the community to get involved in running it.
There will be an initial meeting to gauge interest and to discuss ideas about how a community wholefood shop could work. This will be on
Monday, 14 May, at 6pm, at the Coachwerks
Based on the success of this meeting, there will be further meetings in the coming weeks.
Some background and specifics:
As you are probably aware, EarthSea Plantbased Wholefoods (until recently known as Coachwerks Wholefoods) is a small, plantbased wholefood shop based at the Coachwerk Studios on Hollingdean Terrace. The shop is run by a small workers’ cooperative (Megan and Bill), on a not-for-profit basis. Our aim is to sell healthy, where possible seasonal, organic and local food, at affordable prices. For each product, we find the most ethical supplier. We also sell arts and crafts made in Hollingdean.
When we set up the shop in 2015, it was our plan to take stock after two years and see where we would want to take the shop at that point.
In 2017, we tried to recruit new members to our team, but instead we got some interest from people who wanted to volunteer in the shop. As we have a young family, it is no longer sustainable for us to run the shop, and, given that we already have people volunteering, we hit upon the idea of transforming the shop into a community project. The vision is that the shop will be run by and for people of the Hollingdean (and wider) community, on a voluntary basis. Many of our customers have said that Hollingdean needs a wholefood shop.
The people of the workers’ coop would initially stay involved in the background to help with administrative tasks, and with general help and advice, and would then gradually withdraw.
Based on the success of the meeting on Monday, 14 May, there will be further meetings in the coming weeks. We will keep you posted of these meetings, and any further developments, via the website (http://earthseacoop.com).
The crew at EarthSea