Our Social & Environmental Objectives
The earth cannot produce enough animal products to feed its growing population at the level of the average western diet, yet demand for animal products is rising. We need to rethink the way in which we produce food, recognise its health and ecological implications, and adopt a more compassionate and earth-friendly approach. So we only ever use PLANT FOODS to create everything on our menu.
Thanks to in-direct marketing, it is hard for consumers to know the origins of their food, the farmer who grew it, or how their food was produced. TRANSPARENCY & INFORMATION is key to taking back the power to make good food choices. You’ll find reading materials on our shelves, produce information on the menus along with quotes and facts on the walls which we hope will inform, inspire and promote discussion on the benefits of a compassionate, plant-based diet and the effects and consequences of the food we buy, eat and throw away. We also bake bread and mill our own flour freshly everyday, right in our shop area. This is not only nutritionally and environmentally beneficial, but it’s just another step to minimize distributors and middlemen and bring us closer to our food and the farmers who grow it. With a greater understanding of the practices and people involved with the production of our food, we are empowered with the knowledge necessary to make informed choices about what we eat and where we are purchasing food from that will ultimately lead to a more sustainable food system.
Just one of Cradle’s unusual features is our SHARED TABLE. Eating is an act of connecting, and we want to encourage people to pull up a chair because when we eat together, we strengthen the bonds between us.
If we can get it LOCAL, we’ll take it, if it’s not SEASONAL, we’ll wait, and if it’s seen better days we make it our business to intercept before it deteriorates and preserve it before it goes in the bin by fermenting or freezing. Whether we’re supporting a local certified farmer, a local allotment grower, or just a neighbor with a big apple tree, we always chose to reduce food waste and keep our money circulating in the local community. Reducing food miles and eating locally grown, organic seasonal food is better for the planet, small farmers and the community’s economy, and it’s a great way to keep in step with the natural world. Preserving vegetables through lacto-fermentation not only captures the seasons passed, but also is also nutritionally beneficial.
When (and if!) we’re a success, we’ll invest Cradle’s profits into expanding our business to fund FOOD WASTE SOLUTIONS for the food businesses in Sudbury Town Centre and the creation of LOCAL COMMUNITY GARDENS using sustainable Stockfree Organic** agriculture methods, in and around the Sudbury area, not only allowing Cradle to grow it’s own food, but to allow families and individuals without land/gardens of their own the opportunity to produce food and to learn how to do it sustainably.
** “Climate-friendly, carbon neutral, and kinder. Stockfree Organic systems (SO), on a field, smallholding, or domestic scale use no animal inputs, synthetic chemical pesticides, genetically modified organisms, and minimal fossil fuels. Stockfree Organic farming seeks to minimise reliance on imported fertility through in situ composting of all plant wastes, by using living green manures as soil fertility builders, and by practising minimal soil disturbance or reduced tillage cultivation. Stockfree Organic farming is the greenest, most ecologically sustainable and carbon neutral way of producing healthy food.” (stockfreeorganic.net)