Brockley Farm has been in existence for 2 years, growing sustainably, in tune with the environment and using organic methods. Market gardening is some of the most therapeutic time imaginable. It’s great for the soul, it’s great for health & gives valuable thinking & learning time. Our journey, our story was picked up by More4 tv who spent the summer of 2018 with us, filming & documenting our work, which was featured in the Devon & Cornwall Series aired on national television in Episode 5.
Our goal and ambition is to make Brockley Farm a place for the whole community. Where individuals and groups can come to sample the simple life of a market garden, to get involved, to learn or to sit and relax. A place for people of shared values, coming together with a common goal. The goal of providing a community educational & well-being place for groups, children, those with disabilities, mental health issues, depression, anxiety or just a place to enjoy in their free time. A place where everyone is equal & everyone can get involved, learn, develop & enjoy gardening, either for a few hours or on a wellbeing retreat stay, in one of our anticipated onsite yurts, where memories will be created around the campfire cooking organic food.
A place where not only those that are involved can enjoy but a place that benefits the local environment and the health of those people eating this organic fresh seasonal produce. And that’s not just those who can afford to buy as we aim to create a community waste project as part of the scheme where local people, on low incomes, or claiming benefits, can collect some of our harvest excess free
Sustainability in our case is split into two area. The farming practices and financially. We apply the principles of permaculture & biodynamic farming. Things are simple on the farm. Hand tools only, low carbon footprint, harvesting rainwater, green composting and working in harmony with nature. Our ducks are our slug getters, ladybirds, bees, hoverflies & parasitic wasps are actively encouraged to assist with greenfly & pollination. All measured designed around low cost, simple, sustainability. One of the key features of our sustainability plan is, in conjunction with SuDev Projects Ltd, to develop & trial a system that can turn food & excess crop waste into a variable nutrient cycle system with not only will produce organic fertiliser but also through its processes produce energy for cooking, electricity
The farm also has to make a living. After all we all need to live. We sell our produce in veg boxes delivered to local people, we also have The Little Wellbeing Shop in Launceston where people can buy our produce & organic grains, pulses & health foods. The aim for the shop is for a zero waste shop that compliments the whole ethos of the business with the environment & the community at the forefront. We’ll hold regular workshops & learning experience days for gardening, pottery, cookery, basket weaving, wood turning, wellbeing & mindfulness, retreat stays, be a learning source for home education groups and schools, various social groups and hold food & feel good events to further our income stream & provide a wide range of community benefits. From seed sowing, weeding, fruit & veg harvesting, to apple & fruit pressing, workshops, talks & food events, there really is something for all walks of society to benefit from
What do we need ?
In terms of building something beautiful to meet the needs & passions of everyone involved, for the benefit of the whole community & long term sustainability we need our own land. Renting on a year by year basis has it’s risks & hence why we are here. To encourage the community to get behind & support us in our goal of providing a truly special place for you all to benefit from, to enhance the environment, and to provide a special place for all.
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