I have a long term aim to build and open a pay as you find cafe using sustainable practises and permaculture principles wherever possible. I aim to renovate, repair, re-use and recylce wherever possible. The cafe will provide healthy fresh food from local sources and have a minimum environmental impact. It will become a space for use by community groups, providing a safe haven for chat and support, as well as providing inviting comfortable surroundings for passers by in need of a bit of a rest and a beverage.
You may have heard of Transitions Cafes in various towns and cities of the uk. Such as this http://pembrokeshireherald.com/3884/staff-events-transition-cafe/ Providing training and volunteering opportunities, making use of food destined for landfill and cutting carbons emmisions by the tonne compared with other cafes.
Watch this space and get in touch if you would like to be involved in getting this project up and running. In the mean time I have registered my own kitchen as a food business and Im waiting for the all clear from the council so that I can make/sell/gift/donate from home. I am trained and qualifed food tech teacher, our aim is to assist those most vulnberable from the ideological cuts, and to provide support, opportunities to build self-esteem, skills sharing, passing food hygiene certificates, learning to grow food, fostering reslience and independence. The cafe will also provide a drop in point of contact and meeting spot. https://elysiandaisies.com/2014/10/14/permaculture-in-community/ this might help give an insight into some of the things I do generally in a week, and the skills developing that would also help. In there (at the end, as it was on the sat night) is a little bit about our dinner club meetings where we provide a meal for each other from free/excess food. I hope you will make a brew right now and sit and share some ideas/suggestions/inspiration in the form of links. Please get invloved you have something we need 😉