These links will take you advice and guidance on setting up a food enterprise and managing it on an ongoing basis.


Legal structures for social enterprises
Helping you to find the most suitable structure for your sustainable farming or food enterprise.

Community farming
An introduction to Community Supported Agriculture, and advice on how to set up and run a community farming project.

Community gardening
Links to advice and resources to help you set up and manage a community garden, along with some ideas for activities.


Finance and funding
Sources of funding and where to go to get advice on financing your social enterprise.

Running a food enterprise

Food safety and law
Checklists and tools to help you with food safety legislation

Managing stakeholders
From organising groups and making group decisions, through to dealing with conflicts, here’s where to find advice on managing stakeholders.

Organic certification
Obtaining organic certification, including a low-cost alternative to organic certification. Other options for certifying sustainability.


Measuring impact
Measuring the impcact of your food enterprise


Advice for planners

Food and planning
Links to consultation responses on local food issues. From Sustain, the alliance for food and farming.

Planning sustainable cities for community food growing
Guidance for planners on writing planning policies. This guide brings together examples of planning policies around the UK that support community food growing.

Good Planning for Good Food
Explores how local authorities and communities can use planning policy and decision-making to create more local and sustainable food systems.



Community gardening

Handy links community gardening resources. Advice on setting up and running a community garden, along with some ideas for activities. Setting up and running … Read more Community gardening

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Community farming

The documents and links listed below will give you plenty of information and advice on setting up and running a community farming enterprise. Farming … Read more Community farming

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Managing stakeholders

Here are some resources to help you with managing stakeholders, from organising groups and making decisions through to dealing with conflicts: Working with groups … Read more Managing stakeholders

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