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.



WHAT WE GROW

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 since May 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 makes our farm special? It begins with a lot of diversity packing into a small space in order to make a healthy and resilience system:



VEG BOXES AND FARMER'S MARKETS

We sell from April to October.

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.

Veg boxes continue in 2021 - Get in touch for information.


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.