East Midlands


Matlock Area Community Supported Agriculture  

Transition Matlock has been offered a fantastic opportunity to set up a CSA Project at a local organic farm.  A team has been working on two trial projects and are now at the stage where Matlock Area CSA is to become incorporated as an IPS.  The CSA is rearing sheep which will provide members with locally grown, flavoursome, grass-reared lamb from a local Soil Association registered organic farm.  Members will learn all aspects of rearing sheep, from helping with lambing, hoof clipping, shearing, grading and transporting to slaughter, as well as the management of grassland for sheep. Membership will include a share of the meat produced. For more information or to join, contact helen.cunningham@transitionmatlock.org.uk


Rhubarb Farm

A new social enterprise has started up at Langwith Village on the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border which will be producing organic fruit and vegetables on an 8 acre site. A 25-year lease has been secured and planning permission has been granted to put up an 8-span polytunnel. Rhubarb Farm is providing work placements, training and volunteering opportunities to people who are unemployed, ex-offenders, NEETS (young people Not in Education, Employment or Training), have mental or physical ill health, or learning disabilities. Plans are afoot to establish a CSA in 2012 on part of the site, with the intention for two of the current volunteers to gain employment through it.


Community Harvest Whetstone

We are an IPS growing vegetables in a one acre field and a triple span polytunnel at the Herbert’s farm in Whetstone, and have increased our cropsharers to 30 this year.  We collect our weekly share from the farm or the Ecohouse in Leicester.  We employ 3 part-time growers and encourage our members to get involved in growing, planning, administration, publicity, partying, construction – in fact anything to keep the project developing and the members engaged.


Permorganics Community Supported Farming,  Rothersthorpe

Permorganics in Northamptonshire launched as a Community-Supported Farm in November by inviting members to a celebration harvest lunch. They have 5 acres of permaculture garden and forest garden and also run courses in permaculture, foraging, scything, and much more. They will be supplying weekly vegetable shares to their members from April 2009. In addition each member can choose to add honey, eggs, milk, bread, pork (sausages, bacon, joints or even a half pig if it is requested) and lamb (quarters, halves or a whole).

The Green Patch Kettering CSA Ltd

Established in 2002, the Green Patch site in Kettering is comprised of 2.5 acres of land including a resource centre, 4 poly tunnels, and chicken and duck pens. They are looking to start a box scheme again in 2009. They are a volunteer led organisation with a view to supporting and helping people in the borough with exciting volunteering opportunities and knowledge about growing local food. 

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