The Plot provides local, seasonal organic veg in North Lancashire – all grown within 8 miles of Lancaster Town Hall. We also train and support new growers who want to produce local food.

Our produce is grown outside at Old Holly Farm near Garstang and in polytunnel at White Lund between Lancaster and Morecambe.

We also host the FarmStart training programme which covers business and horticultural skills and supports the transition of trainees to new businesses.

Crop-share 2024 - sign up now!

Are you interested in joining the Plot’s crop-share scheme?
Support a local farm and recieve a weekly share of the produce. Read about the scheme and sign up now for the 2024 season!

Order veg from the Plot's online shop

Enjoy local fresh seasonal veg, all grown within 8 miles of Lancaster Town Hall

Our veg is available every week via our online shop. Please order before 7pm on a Wednesday and your orders will be ready for Friday evening.

Meet the Plot team

The Plot is run by a staff team, who are joined each year by a cohort of FarmStarter trainees.

Meet the team and see what our FarmStarters have gone on to do after completing the programme.
The plot volunteer with pitchfork

Volunteer your time

We have a limited number of opportunities for long-term volunteers to work onsite with us. Please complete the interest form.

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Join our crop-share

Get weekly local, seasonal veg boxes and support new growers through our community-supported agriculture model. Find out more and sign up

Become a FoodFriend

Join our small-scale society lottery scheme and donate £5 a month to support our project. You will also be in a draw for 6 monthly prizes.

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Join FarmStart

Learn the business and horticulture skills needed to run a small-scale growing enterprise. Contact ellen@lessuk.org

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Provide some land to grow

We are always on the lookout for more land for food growing in and around North Lancashire. If you have access to land that might be able to be sold, donated or leased to this project, please contact ellen@lessuk.org

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Our vision is for a growing ring of producers around the Lancaster District, working collaboratively and strategically to supply food to local people. 

Our mission is for a thriving demonstration farm which connects people with food, land, seasonality and nature; trains and inspires people in innovative and resilient approaches; and trades and collaborates ethically within the local and wider food systems

Our intention is to build environmental health and local wealth; and in a collaborative, open and inclusive way enable regeneration and resilience in the local food supply.

We run an annual FarmStart programme which is a year-long hands-on training course for new entrant farmers who want to learn more about growing food for a living.

We build capacity by creating more growers and brokering new sites to increase local production of fruit and vegetables.

In 2018, LESS commissioned a feasibility study into a Lancaster-based FarmStart initiative. The work scoped the potential for sales of local produce; the interest of local people in training to be small-scale farmers and earning a living from growing food; and the logistics/partners for such a project.

In 2019, having secured grant funding, we ran a pilot Growers’ Support Course for would-be FarmStarters. This engaged an emerging community of those wanting to access opportunities for training as small-scale sustainable farmers. 

During those two years we were also seeking partners and a site for the programme. On 1 June 2020 we took over the lease of a small plot (just under an acre) of land at Old Holly Farm, located just off the A6 between Lancaster and Garstang. In January 2021 we also took over the lease for an indoor growing site on the Lancaster City Council White Lund Nursery site.

From two small paddocks and a polytunnel the sites will be developed into a training centre for would-be small-scale farmers and a supplier of local organic produce. Over time, our vision is to support the education and training needed for a ring of farms and associated food processing in North Lancashire.

We have set up a small society lottery fundraising scheme to raise money for the project and engage a wider community around the issues that the project stands for.

The site (in combination, we hope, with other sites around the city) will both act as an exemplar small growing business and host the FarmStart training programme which will cover business as well as horticultural skills.

Our FarmStart programme is a year-long scheme, beginning each Spring. It aims to enable future growers to learn both business and horticulture skills needed to run a small-scale growing enterprise, and to help overcome some of the barriers to accessing land and markets.

The curriculum is delivered through specialist classroom sessions, on-the-job training (2 days a week), mentoring and farm visits to other local projects. 

The focus is on growing at commercial scale and on commercial terms, using organic, regenerative principles, and building a resilient local food production and distribution system within north Lancashire.

Applications for the 2024 FarmStart programme are now OPEN. 

You can meet our current and former FarmStart trainees below in the News section.

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