The Community Farm, Somerset

The Community Farm, in the Chew Valley near Bristol, is a Community Benefit Society owned and democratically controlled by its members. The farm started trading in April 2011, having bought out an existing growing scheme, box and wholesale business from The Better Food Company by raising £126,126 through community shares. It rents and cultivates 22 acres of land from a local farmer with the option to expand to 50 acres over the next few years. As of August 2011 the CSA has 409 founder members and 24 annual members. The team hopes to increase member numbers to 500 by March 2013, and to raise a further £100,000 for equipment, facilities and educational work by end of November 2011

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