Become a FoodFriend and support local farms
Written by Ellen Pearce, a food citizen and Lancaster District’s FarmStart coordinator at LESS
FoodFriends is a dedicated fundraising scheme run by LESS to support the development of regenerative local food projects and the training of new small-scale farmers.
By making a regular donation of £5 per month you are eligible for monthly prize draws to win Local Food Vouchers which can be spent with our partner organisations.
The proceeds from the scheme go directly to supporting the set up of two new small farm sites in North Lancashire which will supply the local economy with organically grown produce and be a training and education centre for new entrant farmers.
The Covid-19 outbreak has brought the need for local, resilient food economies into sharper focus. This is your opportunity to support local projects to increase the amount of food grown locally by small-scale sustainable farming methods rooted within communities.
What is FoodFriends?
FoodFriends is a registered small society lottery also known as a 500 club. It is a fundraising scheme which provides monthly prizes to members.
The purpose of FoodFriends is to raise funds to help train and enable new small-scale farmers in the Lancaster District, to support the development of regenerative local food projects and to support the distribution of local food.
As well as being in a monthly draw for prizes, members will receive regular updates, information and opportunities to get engaged in the projects that FoodFriends funds. Members of the scheme will also receive an annual report with a summary of project progress.
Which projects are FoodFriends supporting?
FoodFriends will support the set up and development of two sites in North Lancashire – a small field site on an existing organic farm and an indoor growing site.
Both sites will form the first FarmStart training centre and, from January 2021, we will be providing training to our first cohort of trainees. The sites will also grow organic produce which will be available to buy locally.
Our FarmStarters will take part in comprehensive, hands-on training in how to grow a market garden and set up small-scale food enterprises as part of a wider strategy to grow a resilient local food economy.
There is more background about the FarmStart project in the feasibility study which was undertaken by LESS in 2018 and the pilot Growers’ Support Course run in 2019.