In the Greek town of Katerini the Pieria Volunteer Action Team set up a website which encourages people to order potatoes directly from local farmers. The farmers get to sell their potatoes for a higher price than they would to distributors – but for less than what supermarkets charge customers – so both farmers and customers win. Other Greek cities are following the scheme, the demand is huge and olive oil, olives, meat, wheat and rice are set to be the next produce made available.
It is a fast moving story and has led to supermarkets slashing their prices. Read the full article and comments here: http://observers.france24.com/content/20120307-potato-revolution-greeks-start-buying-potatoes-straight-farmers-supermarkets-produce-katerini-thessaloniki
The Greek version of Patrick Whitefield's Permaculture In A Nutshell is available from the Greek group Dromi Synthesis, if you are in Greece do visit their website and make contact with them.
We would love to hear from you if you are encouraging such schemes elsewhere in the UK or Europe.