On The Road – Vignettes from China & Mongolia

Sam Rye, our Community Connector, writes from the road...   As you may know, currently I'm roving in Europe and will be heading for North America in October, and I'm looking forward to meeting interesting local producers and distributors along the way, looking at hubs of local food, and running some workshops.   However, I've always been intrigued by the land between where I was born (England), and where I now live (New Zealand).  It's a huge swathe of the world's crust which I have, too often, flown over - so I figured it was time to see what was in between.  I decided to travel overland with my lovely wife, back to England, via China, Mongolia, Russia and Austria.   I wasn't surprised by China's seemingly decentralised food system - a network of small Continue...

The Local Food Startup Challenge is CLOSED

In February, we launched the Local Food Startup Challenge, along with a Startup Fund for half a million dollars worth of software licenses. The challenge is now over, and we're totting up the totals, and will be announcing the winners soon.  Stay tuned!       Check out this infographic with a quick overview of what the Startup Challenge catalysed for new food distribution businesses around the world!     Continue...

Social Enterprise Week is coming to New Zealand

We're delighted to say Social Enterprise Week is about to happen in Wellington, New Zealand.       This awesome series of events is up and running and tickets are available here.   You should also listen to this great in-depth interview on Radio New Zealand from the weekend which features our friends Enspiral, Loomio, Chalkle and ourselves:     Continue...

Powering Local Food

The Bucky Box team are committed to using our energy on the most important challenge of our lifetimes.     There’s no shortage of projects, initiatives and causes where you could focus your energy these days - everywhere you look there’s industrial age systems and institutions which are crumbling.   In the 20th century we saw a huge focus on food production as a key to food utopia for all. With a growing population (4.4 billion to 6.1 billion between 1980-2000), some would say that was rather wise. Whilst we’ve boomed to 7 billion people and are forecast to hit 9-10 billion by 2020, we have to ask - at what cost has that focus on production had?   The existing food distribution infrastructure is incompatible with what we now know about the Continue...

We just made customer engagement really easy

Customers are the lifeblood of all local food enterprises, and we've just made it a whole heap easier to keep them engaged.   Sending emails to individuals or groups with Bucky Box used to be a manual process requiring you to copy & paste into your email client.   We know you spend a lot of time communicating and engaging with your customers, so today we've launched some big changes to make running your local food enterprise easier.   Check it out:     What does this mean for you? This new feature enables you to tackle individual and bulk email head on; create newsletters, send out account reminders, and more: - this is a tool for better customer engagement - it will save you time switching between applications - you can Continue...

Travels in Europe and North America

Calling: UK, Europe, NYC and Toronto We're very excited to say that in a little over a month, we're hitting the road to come to a town near you (hopefully!).   Sam, our Community Connector, will be travelling in UK, France, Austria, New York and hopefully Toronto, making time to stop in on local food distributors, entrepreneurs and hotspots of interesting local food systems.  Sam will be available to meet one-on-one, groups of local food distributors, speak at conferences, and run workshops on local food enterprise.   He'll be in UK & Europe in August & September, then on into North America in September & October.   If you'd be keen to catch up with Sam, or put on an event, please drop us an email at sam [at] buckybox [dot] com or join one Continue...

Last Chance: Webinar on Crowdfunding for Local Food enterprise

Want to know how you can get the seedfunding together to start or scale your Local Food enterprise? Look no further! This is the last in our series of Crowdfunding webinars with a special focus on Local Food, and will be delivered by the enigmatic Anna Guenther from PledgeMe.     This webinar is optimised for the NZ time zone, and will be happening on Wednesday 5 June, at 6pm. You can tune in through our Google+ Page here.     It's pretty simple to log into the webinar, you just need to make sure you have the plugin - check or download it here.     Please RSVP here:   Fill out my online form. //     Expected take aways from this webinar: Learn about how crowdfunding can gain you seed capital to Continue...