LESS, a local social enterprise working in Lancaster District, is in the exciting position to be able to purchase some land for a community farm. We are now looking for between 10-60 acres to be used for food growing, as an education and training centre, and for a range of other small enterprises and community projects. 

Our vision is for a district with a resilient and fair food system, where local residents have access to fresh local food, and where we build climate resilience through nature friendly farming. 

Over the last few years, we have set up a market garden (The Plot) which has been supplying organic veg to around 50 households a week and to local cafes and shops. We also run a FarmStart training programme to equip people with the horticulture and business skills needed to run a small veg growing enterprise. This is part of our plan for increasing capacity within the District for growing fruit and veg. 

We are now looking to build on these experiences to expand the amount of fruit and vegetables grown in the District and to be able to offer land as incubator plots for new growers and for a range of local food programmes and small businesses. The farm will also become the home for a food hub to collate and distribute food from a range of local producers, and will potentially be a key part of the infrastructure to support the Food Justice Partnership which works to ensure that everyone can access good quality, affordable food.

We are interested to hear from landowners who have an interest in passing land into community ownership, and who would work with us during the next 6-12 months to complete a sale. 

We are looking for land with a good aspect, soil analysis, and aspect/exposure suitable for growing – south, south/east or south/west facing, and suitable for a farm business. Ideally with good road access and public transport options, the site will be between 10-60 acres and be close to Lancaster and Morecambe. We have a detailed wish list, but are also open to exploring a range of sites and possibilities!

We would love to hear from you if you have land for sale and or you would like to know more or could help us in our search! Please contact Ellen via ellen@lessuk.org

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