The Plot, a new farm between Lancaster and Garstang, has a new cropshare scheme.
The Plot is a new initiative growing organic fruit, vegetables and herbs in North Lancashire. We also train new growers who want to set up their own enterprises to produce local food. Our mission is to strengthen the local food system and increase the amount of fruit and vegetables grown locally, by training new growers and setting up new sites, as well as growing organic veg for local consumption.
The cropshare is a kind of ‘community supported agriculture’ whereby you support the farm by committing to buy a share of the crop each week. This helps us to plan our crops and sales, and at the same time provides our crop-sharers with super-fresh veg all grown within 10 miles of Lancaster town hall. These small-scale community supported agriculture projects are becoming more common as people take more of an interest in a climate resilient local supply of food.
All the produce from The Plot is grown to the principles of the organic certification standards. The produce from Old Holly farm is organically certified. The produce grown at the White Lund site uses the same growing principles, but is not yet formally certified (it takes two years to ‘convert’ the site to organic). Our farming methods aim to support healthy soils and be nature friendly. We mainly just use hand tools, and try not to disturb the soil as much as possible.
If you want to join the crop-share community, please sign up online. You commit to a share of the crop for the season, which is 29 weeks. You can collect your weekly veg boxes from the Plot at Old Holly Farm (north of Garstang), or at two collection points in Lancaster.
We have a growing community of people involved in the Plot who are committed to sourcing affordable local food. Our crop-sharers will be at the heart of our project, and there will be opportunities to visit the farm and hear news and updates.
The Plot and the FarmStart Programme is coordinated by LESS (a non-profit registered community interest company based in Lancaster) in partnership with FoodFutures and the FoodFriends small society lottery.
A full info pack for prospective crop-sharers can be found online : www.the-plot.uk