Crossroads Community Hub using the banner of “Ayrshire Food from Ayrshire Folk” aims to regenerate the local community through initiating the first community-led farm shop, complete with an integral social/educational centre, in Scotland. Its aim is to enable people in East Ayrshire and the wider community to access produce from farmers, growers and local suppliers and to encourage a deeper understanding of local food production and rural life for the long term benefit of the community. By supporting the hub, local people and visitors to Ayrshire will be helping to support the whole community.
A Farm Shop
The shop will retail local produce from high quality growers, farmers and individual smallholders, opening up produce to a wider market and reducing food miles. It will provide information on producers and tell the story of how food is produced, where the food has come from and the standards it has met before reaching the shop. New producers will be able to use the facility as a test outlet for local produce.
The cafe will offer food with a local focus. Not only will this generate income and jobs, it will also create a social hub for the community. We want Crossroads Hub to be accessible to all and become a destination where people can shop, take part in groups and activities of their choice and enjoy coffee and home produced foods. There will also be a retail/gallery area for the display of locally-produced art and crafts.
A Social/Educational Space
The building will have a multi-use community space to host educational talks, food demonstrations and workshops, music and drama events, fitness and activity classes and community groups. Some great ideas came from community consultation meetings regenerating rural crafts, adult education classes, a soft play area to allow parents to shop, after school clubs or a space for teenagers to “meet, relax and chill” in the evening.
A kitchen garden located in the grounds of the site at Crossroads will provide a visual demonstration which will alter with the seasons. Produce may be used or sold in the farm shop. There will also be a growing wall, a suds pond nature area and regular visits from farm animals supplied from local farms.