Help us build a community farm for the future

by Emily Huskins in Arlington, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 6th May 2020 we successfully raised £4,112 with 110 supporters in 28 days

Help us build a community farm for the future of East Sussex, grow great organic veg and a place for the community to get active in nature.

by Emily Huskins in Arlington, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

This second target ("stretch target") will allow us to build the nature reserve on site. This will help increase the ecosystem, we will double the size of our on site pond (it will be lined properly), and plant nature increasing plants and trees around it to truly add an area that both increases habitats for wildlife and is a peaceful area for the community on open days. This includes extending a woodland area at the back of the farm.

We want to work in harmony with nature improving the environment rather than simply taking from it, and look after wildlife by increasing habitat and biodiversity. We hope you can help us do this with our second target!


Building a community farm for the future of East Sussex... that produces great organic veg, and is a place for the community to get out into nature, get their hands dirty and learn how to grow food on this scale. Whilst also improving the soil and the environment around us.

Fanfield Farm is an organic community farm in Arlington, East Sussex

We produce organic vegetables on 3.5 acres of land whilst also:

  • Providing opportunities for the community to get out into nature, have a break from working life, get active and get their hands dirty
  • Teach our community about small scale farming and how to grow their own food.
  • Building a central hub for the community to connect.
  • Increase soil health and sequester carbon through tree planting and no-dig gardening
  • Work in harmony with nature improving the environment rather than simply taking from it.
  • Look after wildlife by increasing habitat and biodiversity

With your support

With your support and donations we will be able to:

  •  Buy tools and facilities that create a community farm that is a central hub for locals who want to visit, get in to nature, get active, have a break from working life and who want to learn about growing food sustainably. 
  • Build facilities that will allow not only open and volunteer days for the local community, but a space for schools, colleges and community groups to visit and learn too.
  • Create a nature haven on the farm to increase the ecosystem, we will double the size of our on site pond and plant nature increasing plants and trees around it to truly add an area that both increases habitats for wildlife and is a peaceful area for the community on open days. (This pond will also help irrigate the farm, preventing us from needing to use water mains to water the veg gardens - which is much more environmentally sustainable.)
  • Create a dedicated community garden where all food grown will be directly donated to local food banks and community projects in East Sussex.

Fanfield Farm is an organic and ecological community farm growing seasonal vegetables

We aim to break down the barriers between Organic and Local veg, bringing both to the doorsteps of families across East Sussex. We will deliver veg boxes through our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Scheme on a weekly basis in the main UK growing season.

We believe there has been a disconnect over the last decade where people have seen food as a task and a convenience and this has seen farms move away from being a central hub within the community. We want to revitalise that, and bring them back to being a welcoming place, where you can get back to nature, get fresh air, great food and get your hands dirty… whilst also learning how you can apply this to your own garden, or simply learn where food comes from again.

We’re looking for change makers, local food lovers, and people who can see the benefit in small scale farming and the benefit of knowing where food comes from and a farm being a part of the community.

A resilient local food system has never been more important.

Giving back to nature and sustainable agriculture

We have gotten to a point in this country where we are so disconnected from nature and our food production, that we have also taken to agricultural practices that are damaging to our soils, our climate and the nature around us.

Popularity in no-dig systems and small scale farming is becoming a talking point, but there is still not nearly enough attention in the movement to make a big difference. We want to change that. Our growing spaces will be no-dig - meaning the soil carbon is increased year on year with no fossil fuel used to till or plough the land. Our energy on the site is completely renewable, and with over 1500 trees planted already this year we are on target to become carbon negative (not just neutral) in the future. This is important to us.. We use sustainable small scale farming methods, yes means more manual labour - but doesn’t mean less efficiency compared the yields! By working with nature rather than against it, we don’t simply take everything nature has to offer and give nothing back.

It is so important to us that we do three things and that they work in harmony:

1.) Produce great local food for local households and families.

2.) Create a community hub that allows people to get outside and learn where food comes from.

3.) Farm in a sustainable way that gives back to nature more than it takes.

These are our key missions & priorities, and your donations and support can help us do just that.

Who We Are

Fanfield Farm is run by me: Emily and my husband Chris  as well as our lovely lab Lexie… and with a little help from our new rescue Kittens (called Fruit and Veg!)

We spent last year producing for markets in and around Southampton in Hampshire, and this year made the leap with the help of the Ecological Land Cooperative to start the new farming venture that is Fanfield Farm. We moved to East Sussex in November last year and are absolutely in love with it.

Since we arrived it has been a tough winter with not one but  four storms hitting the farm, and a lot of  our initial infrastructure being destroyed. And now, we find ourselves in the middle of a global pandemic!! However this hasn’t gotten us down, and we have almost recovered and rebuilt ready for the growing season with seedlings popping up everywhere.

Your help and donations, whatever size, will be a huge boost in helping us achieve our goals

Wherever you live, your donations will help with our vision for a better food and farming system, whilst looking after the environment.

For those that are in East Sussex, we are producing organic vegetables that could be delivered to you door as a veg box customer  and you can join us in our community enterprise to learn from each other and build local resilience.

We will also have a whole host of rewards available with the different levels of support. You can find them below.

Rewards

We have a load of exciting rewards and goodies for you, to thank you for your support:

We are also offering farm tours and open days for our supporters. PLUS if you are green fingered yourself, and you select one of the reward levels we are happy to open direct regular conversations where you can ask questions and receive consultation on your own growing needs, no-dig practices or sustainable farming.

Want to find out more about the project? We are producing regular content, as well as information on our CSA Veg Box Scheme and Volunteering sessions info can be found over at: https://fanfield.farm 

We ask project owners to honour their rewards wherever possible but please note that all pledges are donations and there is no guarantee that you will receive any rewards from the project owner. Please see Crowdfunder's Terms of Use for more information regarding rewards for pledges.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£40 or more

3 of 30 claimed

The Fanfield Farm T-Shirt Pack

Receive a branded t-shirt with your choice of design, colour and size. (Example designs can be seen on this page).. Plus receive a heartfelt thank you, and a social media shout out, as well as your name listed on our board of supporters.

£10 or more

Veg Planting in your name & Huuuge Thanks

A veg planting, this season, planted in your name as a massive thank you, a social media shout out, as well as your name listed on our board of supporters on the farm.

£20 or more

5 of 30 claimed

Reusable Drinks Gift

You will get a Fanfield Farm branded reusable drinks mug for your coffee, tea, squash or maybe something a little stronger. Plus a heartfelt thank you, and a social media shout out, as well as your name listed on our board of supporters.

£20 or more

4 of 30 claimed

Fanfield Farm 2021 Calendar

You will receive a 2021 Fanfield Farm Calendar full of beautiful farming photos, and key dates for your own veg garden. Plus receive a heartfelt thank you, and a social media shout out, as well as your name listed on our board of supporters.

£50 or more

1 of 30 claimed

The T-Shirt and Calendar Pack

Receive one of two designs of Fanfield Farm T-Shirt and a 2021 Calendar. Plus receive a heartfelt thank you, and a social media shout out, as well as your name listed on our board of supporters.

£60 or more

0 of 20 claimed

The Swag Bag...

All the kit... T-shirt of your choice, Branded Cup, 2021 Calendar... Plus receive a heartfelt thank you, and a social media shout out, as well as your name listed on our board of supporters.

£60 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Name a garden

Our farm is split into 5 gardens - They are currently called Garden A, B, C, D & E…. We are sure you could come up with something more imaginative! (Garden-mcgarden-face?)... And come visit, see the sign of your named Garden and have tea/coffee on the farm. Plus a heartfelt thank you, and a social media shout out, as well as your name listed on our board of supporters.

£85 or more

1 of 15 claimed

Guided Farm Tour & Seasonal Lunch

Guided Farm Tour and Seasonal Lunch for you and a friend - Visit the farm and receive a full farm tour where we cover exactly what's going on and what we're up to. We will then treat you to a seasonal lunch for you both.

£120 or more

No-Dig Veg Growing Course

You and a friend can attend a half day veg growing no-dig course on the farm with lunch included too. Plus open communication via email with follow up questions. Plus a heartfelt thank you, and a social media shout out, as well as your name listed on our board of supporters.

£185 or more

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Become a part of the farm

A fruit tree planted in your name with a sign, your name on the welcome board at the entrance as having helped build the farm, 2 tee-shirts and a calendar. Plus a heartfelt thank you, and a social media shout out, as well as your name listed on our board of supporters.

£200 or more

0 of 20 claimed

The fruit of labour

Two fruit trees planted in your name and a your name on the welcome board as having helped build the farm. Along with a tee-shirt, calendar, and drinks cup. Plus a heartfelt thank you, and a social media shout out, as well as your name listed on our board of supporters.

£250 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Be a farmer for the day

You and a friend will get a private tour, full day course and lunch provided. We will chat before to ensure we set up a full day programme where you get everything you want to learn out of the day. AND go away with a swag bag, and handful of vegetables too. Plus a heartfelt thank you, and a social media shout out, as well as your name listed on our board of supporters.

£400 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Small Scale Farm / Sustainability / Off-Grid Talk

You and a friend will get a private tour, full day course and lunch provided. We will chat before to ensure we set up a full day programme where you get everything you want to learn out of the day. AND go away with a swag bag, and handful of vegetables too.

£850 or more

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Consultation on your site / garden

We will travel to your site / garden to consult on becoming no dig, growing veg, or living more sustainably. We will muck in and get our hands dirty getting you ready to grow how we do. You will also get an open communication where you can email us any questions you have throughout the year and we will answer them to help.

£1,000 or more

0 of 4 claimed

East Sussex Business Boxes

A veg box delivered for 10-15 of your staff… Also including a tee-shirt, plus your business will get a social thank you shout out, listing on our website, and your name on the welcome board as having helped build the farm. Treat your employees and support us at the same time!

£1,500 or more

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Fanfield Farm Summer Feast

A summer feast for you and 5 of your friends in our polytunnel or barn… Amazing local food cooked for you, and served to you with music and local booze. Each of you will also go away with a tee-shirt and mini veg box.

£2,000 or more

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Polytunnel named after you

We will name one of our polytunnels after you, or whatever you want to name it… A sign will be placed, plus you will be given a guided tour of the farm to see the tunnel, a seasonal lunch, plus the full swag bag for two.

£3,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

An East Sussex Hideaway Holiday

Come and stay in East Sussex for two nights in the beautiful local area close to the farm, as well as your name on the welcome board as having helped build the farm. Along with 2x tee-shirt, calendar, and drinks cup packs…. Plus a guided private tour of the farm for your group, access to us to ask any questions, a seasonal lunch and armfuls of fresh veggies to cook with on the nights you stay or to takeaway. (Holiday for 2 people)

£20 or more

10 of 10 claimed

An Organic Veg Box

A large organic veg box delivered to you in East Sussex. (Available to local addresses in East Sussex only).. Plus receive a heartfelt thank you, and a social media shout out, as well as your name listed on our board of supporters.

£25 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Reserve a limited veg box slot for the year

Reserve one of a small number of limited spaces on our veg box scheme this year. (Local East Sussex Addresses Only). Plus receive a heartfelt thank you, and a social media shout out, as well as your name listed on our board of supporters.

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