OUR VISION

We think food can be produced in a better way: that it can taste really, really good, and can work with our environment rather than against it. We believe that healthy, sustainable fresh veg should be accessible to everyone, because no one should have to sacrifice quality, health, or their values for price.



HERE WE GROW AGAIN!

2020 - What a year… Thank you everyone for all your support. We packed over 700 veg boxes for our customers over 26 weeks, and have donated our surplus to our local food bank from May to the end of December in order to do our part for our community through this rough time.

We are now planning for 2021 and will be aiming to double our production, extend our growing season and connect with customers in new and exciting ways that support our local food system. Building community food resilience is our top priority.

What is different this year?!

Firstly, we'll have a couple of purchasing options for customers: The first is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model or the standard monthly invoice approach (like in previous years).

So what is a CSA? The UK's leading CSA advocacy organisation describes it as "a partnership between farmers and consumers in which the responsibilities, risks and rewards of farming are shared." (see https://communitysupportedagriculture.org.uk/ for more info!) This is a way of supporting small farms by paying for the season up-front to help with costs when they are needed most (for seeds, compost, to plan for staffing, for example). This gives you a share each week in the bounty of the season. Half shares are also available if you need fortnightly boxes. Full or half-shares that are paid up-front this year get 10% off!!!

Accessibility to healthy veg for our community is essential, so if the cost is restrictive, you can do a 'work for a share' agreement where a weekly stint helping on the farm is exchanged for your share. The CSA model means that the farm and the community is in it together.

Secondly, we are going to be integrating a delivery service into our model for local customers in Bishop's Castle and surrounding area!!

We have the equivalent of 60 shares available for 2021. Please get in touch if you'd like to subscribe!


VEG BOXES AND FARMER'S MARKETS

Our base price per week is £13, but as we are going to be doing a delivery service this year, we are still trying to figure out how much of a surcharge there will be to cover the costs of a driver and the van, and how this might vary according to distance outward from Bishop’s Castle. This won’t be more than a few pounds, but if you want to avoid the extra cost, the option of picking up from the farm will always be available.

For a full share the price will be: 13 x 26 = £338

For a half share (fortnightly) the price will be: 13 x 13 = £169

*Since this is our first year offering the CSA model, those who sign up before the season begins will get 10% off the price for half shares (£16.90 off) and full shares (£33.80 off).* (Calculations (number of weeks) are based off the length of season from the 2020 season, where customers got veg for 26 weeks from Mid-April to October - in fact, we aim to go longer this year).


The Work-Exchange option is available to anyone. Two hours of work in the week gets you your veg box share. There will be 2 available days during the week set aside for this, just to help us keep track and keep scheduling manageable. These days will also align with weekly volunteer days so that we can build a sense of community around the work we do on the farm.

The monthly payment option remains as in previous years, where we invoice for the month ahead for the number of weeks of boxes.


Little Woodbatch veg is available at the Bishop's Castle Farmer's Market on the 3rd Saturday of each month, and at Harvest Whole Foods in Lydham every Tuesday during our growing season.




COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

BISHOP’S CASTLE FOOD BANK

The foodbank's opening hours are Wednesdays 5pm to 6.30pm and Fridays 1.30pm to 3.30pm at the Methodist Hall, Station St, Bishop's Castle. Call Andy on 07773 006413 to donate or if you need help.

If you have any ideas on things that we could do to meet the needs of the town, let us know. We'd love to hear from you.


For more information or collaboration ideas, please see our contact details at bottom of the page.

If you're interested in finding out more about Daphne's research in Food Policy, have a look at her webpage.


Forest Garden

Forest gardens can come in all shapes and sizes. This part of the project is a narrow strip (about 400m long x 10m wide) where we've started out with a selection of heritage breed Welsh fruit trees, fruiting shrubs, herbs and edible flowers. This is a healthy (mini!) forest ecosystem that encourages biodiversity and natural pest control for crops.

Orchards

We are developing several orchard zones around the property. These include a nut orchard, soft fruit orchard (cherries, peaches, plums, damsons, mulberries and more…), and lots of apples and pears.


Bees

As of spring 2020 we have two hives and are keen to care for our pollinators by having wildflower zones on the farm. By simply doing what they do best, bees provide about one in every three bites of food we eat.


Free-Range Eggs

Our hens are free-range and organic fed. We have a number of rescued hens from an intensive poultry barn who move around our property in a mobile ‘chickshaw’, fertilizing the earth, reducing weeds and insects and producing lovely eggs. In addition we have a mixed bag of adopted and hatched chickens, random guinea fowl and ducks.


Our History: The market garden emerged as a result of years of academic research on sustainability in local food systems. This shaped our vision of what we think a food system should be: We feel that local food should not only be delicious and accessible but can be produced in a way that benefits the environment, community and local economy. As we develop, we are keen to serve the community as an educational tool and a source of healthy, quality, and responsibly produced veg. We welcome suggestions on how we can best engage with the community.

Future Plans:

Post-pandemic plans that we envision to support our local community include:

  • Training: food preparation and preservation, farming skills, food system knowledge, and more!

  • Tours: students from local schools and colleges, and interested community members

  • Encouraging local tourism

If you have any ideas on things that we could do to meet the needs of the town, let us know. We'd love to hear from you.

Or just drop by! If you're on the Public walking path that runs up to Cwmmawr Dingle, we'd be happy to show you what we're doing.