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Aberdeen Service Jam

Dirty Tatties - In which we take care of distribution

on Sat, 03/02/2013 - 19:26

This time we have a distribution network.

Dirty Tatties - In which we also hook up consumers with each other

on Sat, 03/02/2013 - 19:20

In this scenario, we also connect consumers with each other to organise food-runs into the country

Dirty Tatties - Just connecting the farmer with the consumer

on Sat, 03/02/2013 - 19:14

Scenario in which we simply connect the consumer with the farmer, and they get on with it.

Saturday morning

on Sat, 03/02/2013 - 18:40

Pitch and prototyping before the first outtings to test the ideas and gather evidence of the concepts

Allotment (gardner?) food swap

on Sat, 03/02/2013 - 12:47

# Questions (via email)

I'm at an event in Aberdeen where we're learning / trying out how to design a service. One of the ideas we're exploring is a food-swap thing for people who grow their own food. I have some questions, and you have an allotment:-

- Would you you use a service that enabled you to swap your excess product for someone else's produce? (eg Potatoes for apples)
- Would you use it if it required you to post it?
- Would you pay anything to use such a service?
- Does this thing exist already, as far as you know?

# Answer from sister-in-law and partner (who have an allotment)

## Richard:

Seed swaps already go on at a plot level, sometimes across several as its a good way to mix up varieties.

Less sure about produce, any excess is usually the goal - given away or preserved.

Wouldn't pay for it, though the plot as a whole might (if it were really good)

50% of plotholders are older, less tech literate. Would struggle with a site, an app perhaps.

Seems to be a layer of tech on a problem solved (or not even a problem)

'Stuff' is a different matter, usually lots of wood / pavings / etc around - shifting or getting it is the problem. Freecycle ok, but too messy.

Good luck :-)

## Helen

Yes I would use it but probably not if it cost me money or involved transporting produce any distance as I can freeze/ preserve most stuff. We do it quite informally at the site anyway :)
Hope that helps!

Food from the supplier survey

on Sat, 03/02/2013 - 12:36

# Traceable Food / Food bought from the source

## Questions

1. Are you interested in knowing where your food comes from?
2. Would you buy food directly from the producer if possible?
3. Would you pay more for food directly bought from the producer?
4. Do you currently have a veggie box?
5. Do you buy from a farmer's market?

# Surveys

A number of people did not want to talk to us.

## Outright no

3 outright no to question 1 with no interest in further discussion. 2 fairly elderly; 1 youngish.

## No with reason

### Man at bus stop - probably mid 60s

He was not interested in knowing the source of the food. He had tried to buy at a farmer's market but was put off by the very high prices; he felt the farmers were trying to cheat him.

He did not trust that the produce was sourced where they said it was sourced. In any case he was primarily interested in the price of food.

### Woman at bus stop in mid 60s

Also she said she was not interested in the source of the food. Interstingly she was not perturbed by the recent meat-sourcing scandal, as she bought from her local butchers. She assumes the butcher knows where the meat comes from, but has never asked. She buys this way because she always has done.

## Yes

### Two ladies drinking coffee outside Starbucks. 30/40ish

They were interested in the source of the food and would consider paying more to get food from the source. They did not have a Veggie box, because that was not available out in the country where they lived. Would consider buying food delivered via the post. Would prefer organic.

Online super market deliveries were not liked, because the vegetables are picked by someone else and are not the best.

### One of two cleaners on cigarette break outside shop. Woman - 50/60s

She has stopped buying ready-meals altogether due to the recent horsemeat contamination. This is quite incovenient as they were for her son, who works shifts.

She does have a veggie box, of sorts. She buys food from a local farmer, who drives a van around once a week. Food is bought from the van. When asked, she said she imagines she pays a bit more for the food - but has never really thought about it. She prefers potatoes with mud on.

She would be interested in a service, particularly for meat which she currently cannot get from the source.

Friday

on Sat, 03/02/2013 - 08:48

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