Lettuce Grow

Local, Fresh, Accessible

  • £670

    pledged of £50,000

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This project received pledges on Sat 03 Jun 2017
4 years ago

We would like to begin by thanking everybody for the immense amount of support we have received. Firstly, we realised we got so caught up in the cause we forgot to explain the concept. What we are doing is not a farm-to-door concept, we are simply facilitating the market for small scale farmers and SMEs through proximity.We are developing a platform which will allow farmers, SMEs and co-ops focus on what they do best, produce and sell. Farmers will be able to login to the platform, list the produce they have available and the quantity, after which they will chose the distance they would be able to go to deliver. Example, Nuno the farmer has 20kg of tomates which he is willing to go 20km to deliver, he the presses search and the proximity meter will show him all the SMEs within that radius which are looking for tomatoes. He will then be able to contact a SME of his choice directly to sell his tomatoes to. For an SME, they need to register their business with the authorities and find a location, once they have done that they may sign up to our platform and instantly find suppliers near them through the proximity meter. Their business will also be listed on the proximity meter allowing consumers to easily find them when they are searching for produce near them. SMEs will have free business profiles and e-stores for increased digital exposure, saving them thousands in development and maintenance costs. Co-operations will be able to find producers near them which they may try to recruit, likewise farmers will be able to easily find Co-ops near them if they wish to join one. Co-operations will also be able to find SMEs to supply through the proximity meter as well as be able to host events and announce as well as promote them through our platform. Consumers will be able to find the freshest local produce at an SME near them. They will be able to browse the SME profile to see which services they offer (such as delivery) as well as shop online and prepay/order delivery through the e-store. When browsing the e-store the consumer will be able to see the exact origin and harvest date to allow for full trace-ability. This is how our platform will function, we are not providing the logistics, although we are working on a free/low cost logistics service with a partner which we will provide our farmers with. We simply facilitate the market, allow small farmers and businesses compete in a fair market. We are currently finding partners which can further facilitate the life of small scale farmers and SMEs, such as farm management systems, consultancy services, bio-certifiers and the list goes on. Basically any service which can help our users and increase collaboration. We have been accelerated at Start-up Sintra and Incubated at Impact Hub Lisbon, we will soon be holding a hackathon here in Lisbon to have our platform developed much faster so that we can launch soon. Thank you for your continued support! We will keep you updated!