The Food Collective isn’t a business, or a formal organization. It encompasses the friendship, koffieklets, food activism projects and support group of three women called Kate, Pia and Liz. We became friends through our work founding and running Slow Food Mother City, and the relationship developed into weekly (or bi-weekly. And market visits. And cherry-picking road trips) sessions where we generate ideas, projects, and websites, support each other’s fledgling business ideas and also recipe- and plant-swap, complain about our menfolk, and drink tea.
Food is the common theme running through it all, and after weeks of trying to connect all the dots and invent clever names for our mission to take over the world, we decided to put all our shared projects, project ideas, philosophies and adventures here, on one site, and label ourselves the Food Collective.
So, welcome to the Food Collective. We hope you grow (and eat) with us!
PIA is the person you want to take with you to a food market. Maybe it’s her Danish blood but she’s always quiet, calm and reflective with a ridiculously can-do attitude to pretty much any challenge.
Passions include harvesting her own food/foraging, bubbly wines, and impulse buying cool web addresses the way other women buy shoes.
In real life she is a web designer (every collective needs their own web designer. Seriously) specialising in user-friendly web solutions for small businesses and individuals. She also blogs about local markets and green lifestyle at www.mothercityliving.co.za.
LIZ has the whole British, self-deprecating thing down pat. Charming and funny (though she’d never admit to it), she always tells the truth even when your bum does look big in those pants. Hailing from a small town in England’s greenbelt, she’s still a farmgirl at heart with a penchant for bakkies and a beer with the blokes. Plus a degree in environmental sciences.
She makes her own bread, windsurfs and never has rooibos in the house.
She runs Food Shed, a website connecting consumers to local producers.
KATE talks too much. In several languages. She’s always working on her next food project idea, biting off more than she can chew, and getting rescued by Pia and Liz. In 2011 She. Will. Learn. To. Delegate. Maybe.
Kate adores home made ice cream, pottery, Sway sundresses and alpacas. She does not believe in false modesty, which is why she wrote her own bio for this page.
Up until February she ran a sustainable lunch program in the Boland, and is now starting her own food business by the end of 2011.