Hazelhurst Fruitery, near Sheffield

The Fruitery, a mile from Sheffield, is a grower-led CSA that specialises in top fruit and soft fruit. An offshoot of an established family-owned company, the CSA owns three acres. It is expected to take five years to become established as a successful and productive fruit growing business. The small quantities of fruit available in the first couple of years will be sold at farmers markets to publicise the project.

The hunt for land took two years and another year was spent focusing on the soil survey, design and soil improvement. The trees were planted in 2010/11. Organic methods were employed from the beginning and organic certification applied for in July 2011. Produce includes apples, pears, plums, cherries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, whitecurrants, gooseberries, blackberries, raspberries, quince, mulberry, medlar, filbert, hazel, damson and walnut.

The aim was to design a place of health, beauty, permanence and productivity that would provide locally grown organic fruit directly to local consumers and provide members with a place to ‘be’ as well as ‘do’. They aim to increase membership in 2014 and 2015 as the productivity of the trees develops. Currently one grower is employed two days a week at £12 per hour. Community events and workdays are held at least four times a year.

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