A small group of people have set up a new CSA in Maidenhead and are currently in negotiations for some land a short distance from the town. The aim is hopefully to grow vegetables and possibly to keep some livestock.
Maidenhead Community Agriculture, Berkshire. Contact Verona Rusted:
The scheme was launched on the Isle of Wight in 2008 and is an innovative idea, which seeks to bring together two types of people. The person who has a garden they can no longer look after and the individual who wants a growing space. The householder gets their garden looked after for free and the gardener gets a free allotment in return.
Fayre Share Farms
A community farm for residents local to Clanfield, Horndean and the surrounding areas. Fayre Share Farms is in its infancy. A small group of likeminded people along with a plot of land on which they would like to start growing vegetables/fruit in 2011 and keeping small numbers of livestock to create a community smallholding. They would like to hear from others, local to the area, who may be interested in getting involved in or supporting the project. Fayre Share Farms will be a not for profit community organisation. The aim will be to provide local, community grown, quality produce to Fayre Share Farm members and residents. For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Futurefarms is a co-operative, set up in early 2004, whose purpose is to grow food within the parish of Martin in Hampshire, for sale to the people who live there. They are a non-profitmaking enterprise - all proceeds from the sale of their food are used to cover costs and to build up the business. Futurefarms - Martin Ltd, St. Hilda’s, Martin, Fordingbridge, SP6 3LG
Highbridge Farm Community Project
Is a co-operative project with 100 stakeholders growing vegetables and soft fruit on a 1.7 acre field and with a small, young orchard in an adjacent area. The project was established on land loaned by Farmer Henry Russell on the outskirts of Eastleigh. Set up in April 2010 our stakeholders are expected to contribute 10 hours a month each and to work in teams of 10. Each team grows around 3-5 different vegetables (approximately 25-30 in all). At harvest the crops are taken to a communal tent where they are sold to stakeholders for approximately 1/3 of the supermarket price. Membership is open to all and costs £10 a year. The project is run as a local "not for profit" co-operative under the auspices of Eastleigh Transition Network to develop community resilience, reduce our carbon footprint and educate members in food growing techniques.
Church Farm Ardeley
Church Farm is a 172 acre mixed agro-ecological farm which supplies around 150 farm boxes a week of fresh, seasonal produce to local households, including meat, eggs, fruit and vegetables. Some boxes are delivered to drop points in London where Farm Groups meet to pick up their produce and connect with the people that produce it. All box customers receive farm membership, enabling them to become more deeply involved in the farm and how their food is produced. They host regular farm experience days and seasonal farm visits, along with a full programme of workshops and activities on various aspects of food and farming. The farm currently has:
- New orchard of 8 acres, 130 varieties of fruit: apples, gages, plums, cherries, quince, medlar, pears, damsons, mulberries
- Vicarage Field: 2 acre soft fruit enclosure, a little bit of ‘every berry’
- 60 Black Welsh Mountain & 60 Lleyn sheep & rams
- 30 Red Poll cattle & bull plus followers
- 20 British Lop & 12 Berkshire breeding sows plus boars
- 400 Light Sussex, Cuckoo Maran, Black Rock, Rhode Island and White Leghorn Laying hens
- 300 Poulet Anglais outdoor reared poultry
- 300 Norfolk Black & British White turkeys
- 100 Embden geese, 100 Aylesbury ducks
- 3 Bee hives & Apiary Garden
- 20 acres of new woods in-filled with wild cherry and hazel
- 2 acre walnut orchard
- 4 acres of wild bird seeds and pollen/nectar mix
- 30 acres of woods: 3 acres of ancient hornbeam coppice, 7 acres of established 60 year old woodland and 20 acres of mixed, mainly hardwoods, planted over the past 10 years
- 2 acres of rough nesting ground amongst a line of old clay pits
- 2 ponds established in 1996, two more flood ponds and a new pond in the vegetable gardens
- Beards Oak Kitchen Gardens: 8 acres growing over 200 varieties of vegetables and herbs
- Church Farm case study
We are a not-for-profit social enterprise that will bring fresh, local, organically-grown food direct from farmers to the city and surrounding communities. Our five-acre market garden and other small farms nearby will provide the produce sold in the VegVan, our mobile greengrocery, which will set up wherever communities want it. Instead of having a fixed shop, Cultivate is taking local food on the road in the VegVan. In collaboration with customers and members we'll be running regular pop-up markets in neighbourhoods and workplaces, creating new outlets for local produce all over the city. Everything on the VegVan will be grown by Cultivate or sourced as locally as possible from other organic farmers. Customers will know that they're supporting sustainable food, minimising impact on the environment by reducing food miles, avoiding pesticides and artificial fertilisers and protecting ecosystems. Above all, Cultivate is about bringing people together from around Oxford to push local food forward in practical ways. As well as supplying the VegVan, our farm, 9 miles south of Oxford, will be open to visitors and volunteers and will be a space for education and training. By being both producers and grocers, we want to act as a bridge to bring customers and local growers closer together.
North Aston Dairy, nr Bicester
North Aston Dairy, a milk CSA, produces fresh organic unhomogenised milk for 250 local customers. Matt Dale and Katharina Rohts keep 19 Ayrshire cows on 40 acres of rolling hillside near Bicester. He does a twice-weekly milk round which serves people living within two-and-a-half miles of the dairy, and a weekly round in Wolvercote, near Oxford. Others can buy their delicious milk at two local weekly farmers markets in East Oxford and Wolvercote. Milk is sold for £1.25 semi skimmed and £1.05 for whole milk. To minimise start-up costs Matt bought second-hand equipment and the dairy shares office space and delivery costs with a sister business, the vegetable box scheme run by North Aston Organics. The venture was made possible by members of the local community who invested in ‘cow bonds’, that is a fixed term investment for five years at the return rate of three per cent a year. It is a way for customers to provide finance to fund the purchase of a milking cow. They are using litre-sized glass bottles brought from Holland which are re-used once sterilized. Each month a newsletter with news of the cows such as Pansy and Hendrika and the farm is distributed with each customer’s bill.
Oxford Bread Group
The Oxford Bread Group (OBG), a CSA, encourages its members to get involved in the production of the food they eat. Members become part of a local food producing network, and can be reassured that their daily loaf is made from grain grown within a 30-mile radius of Oxford. By buying OBG flour and bread, members directly support local organic farmers and drastically reduce the carbon footprint of their diet. OBG members and friends help with weeding, crop maintenance, harvesting and stooking, and come together for a Lammas day festival on a local farm at the end of July to celebrate the new harvest.
Farnham local food initiative
Farnham Local Food is a not-for-profit, social enterprise, growing sustainably on two plots near Farnham. The land totals nearly two acres and has been provided peppercorn rents by two landowners. We grow a wide variety of vegetables both as field crops and in our two poly-tunnels under the guidance of our part-time grower. Every week 12 volunteers help out for between 3 to 6 hours in return for a share of the produce. On Saturday mornings from June to December we harvest 75 shares with the help of volunteers and members. And in the afternoon members collect and weigh their shares at our yurt on site. Launched in February 2008, FLF has grown from an original half acre and 20 shares in the first year. We have an active steering committee which manages budgets and membership. We welcome people on site and are always looking for more volunteers. Every year we run an open day, children's harvests, a Summer BBQ and a Christmas get together complete with food prepared from our seasonal, sustainable vegetables.
Fork & Dig It
Fork & Dig in Brighton is a community growing project based on a lovely 2.5 acre certified organic plot within Stanmer Organics in Stanmer Park. The project grows a large variety of fruit and veg throughout the year, both outdoors and in a large tunnel house. They are always keen to welcome new people - expert growers and total beginners alike - to come along, help out and share the very tasty produce. Contact 077908 697 302 or www.forkanddigit.co.uk.
Tablehurst Orchard Ltd
A biodynamic fruitfarm in East Sussex which produces apples, pears, soft fruit, mushrooms and eggs, has just established an adopt an appletree scheme in order to engage the wider community in the farm. Noor Bunnik-Leenders,
Tablehurst and Plaw Hatch CSA
This CSA was founded in 1995 and farms around 700 acres on two farms three miles apart. Both farms are biodynamic. Most of the land is in trust, and the farm businesses are owned by a co-operative with around 500 individual shareholders. The produce of the two farms includes meat, dairy products including raw milk, yoghurt and cheese, vegetables, fruit, fruit juice and wheat flour, and both grow the majority of their animal feed themselves. Both farms offer thriving farm shops, farming apprenticeships, work experience, talks and walks, and access to the animals for visitors. Between them, the farms have an annual turnover in excess of £1m.
Rent-a-vine, Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard
RentaVine.co.uk is a farmer led membership scheme which makes an ideal gift for 'wine lovers'. In exchange for a membership fee, members are entitled to sizable discounts on Sedlescombe organic/biodynamic English wines, juices, liqueurs, fruit wines and ciders. They have priority access to wines produced in small quantities. They may visit the vineyard for leisure, wine tasting or to help with the harvest.