West Midlands

Birmingham

Loaf Community Bakery

Loaf Community Bakery is a new bakery in Cotteridge, South Birmingham, specialising in sourdough and other artisan breads. Bread is baked at the home of Loaf director Tom Baker, in both a conventional and traditional wood-fired earth oven. The bakery sells bread through a ‘community supported bakery’ scheme, as well as selling some wholesale to specialist local delis. Bread is made with organic flour, grown and milled in the UK.

Herefordshire

Dragon Orchard Crop Sharers

A crop share scheme, where Cropsharers pay for a share in the yearly apple harvest, orchard products and have seasonal weekend visits. The enterprise is farmer led and provides opportunities for members to enjoy and understand the local landscape and culture. Dragon House, Putley, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 2RG T: 01531 670344  

Little Marcle Organic Farm Shop

This is a new producer led scheme. The Davenports are experienced organic growers and produce a wide range of vegetables from 62 acres near Ledbury in Herefordshire. They also have sheep, ducks and chickens and have recently opened and farm shop and home delivery service, keen to feed local people. Their subscription scheme costs £100 a year to join and club members are invited to a series of farm and social events as well as having a 15% discount in the shop. They have 10 members at Jan 2010 and are aiming for 50. Contact: john@flightsorchardfarm.com

Shropshire

Fordhall Community Land Initiative

Fordhall Organic Farm shows how enterprising young farmers can engage with
the community, mutualise the land and put it into trusteeship using the
Industrial and Provident Society structure, raise the purchase capital
from members and balance community access rights with farming needs. Ben
and Charlotte Hollins were given a Schumacher Award in October 2006. They
are the tenant farmers, to the community-owned 140 acre farm. The farm is
open to the public with 3 farm trails, a picnic area, classrooms, tearoom,
farm shop and events.

Warwickshire

Canalside Community Food

This project is based on Leasowe Farm, a family run farm adjacent to the Grand Union Canal, just outside Radford Semele. The CSA scheme has been running for people living in and around the Warwick District since spring 2007 and now produces weekly shares of seasonal veg for over 100 local households, with the development of a fruit CSA alongside this being underway.  Three part-time growers are employed by the project, as well as a part-time general administrator and a part-time finance administrator. The CSA runs seasonal social gatherings and twice a week there is an opportunity for members to get involved in the work. An education project has also been set up enabling visits from local school groups, so that children can learn about vegetable growing and where their food comes from.

Five Acre Community Farm

This is a new CSA operating out of the field at Ryton Gardens. It will provide members of the CSA with a share of fresh organic vegetables on a weekly basis. Anybody in Coventry and Warwickshire is welcome to join!  Here, the partnership involves the members committing to pay a regular amount per month and work a few times per year, in exchange for a share of the harvest.Most of all it is fun! We share the work together, and have regular socials!

Worcestershire

The Fold

The Fold Care Farm was established during 2009 as a part of the Fold cic and grows vegetable, fruit, herbs and cut flowers with people who have a wide range of different support needs. Current production is on 60 no dig beds and various greenhouses with a forest fruit garden under construction. The Care Farm or another CSA with commitment to ecological production is likely to develop onto more of the SA registered farm with time.

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