Help Us Grow More Food

by Lou in Somerset, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 6th August 2016 we successfully raised £1,476 with 45 supporters in 28 days

We need to raise £2000 to be able to grow even more healthy, tasty food for the local area. We will do this by purchasing a polytunnel.

by Lou in Somerset, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Our initial budget was a shoestring amount and will get us basically what we will need to develop our business but it will take time to find a frame at the right time, right place and the right price.

If our target is exceeded we could get one more easily, we may be able to pay a local handy person to help us get it erected quicker with less fuss and faff (thereby allowing us to keep focusing on growing food) and if there is enough we will be able to install water pipes and irrigation to the polytunnel and generally kit out the place with time saving efficient equipment.


Additional protected cropping space would make it possible for us to supply more food in the winter and summer months.

Polytunnels and greenhouses are eight times more productive than growing outside and are an incredibly worthwhile investment. This will not only help us to grow more food for the local community but also enable us to earn a sustainable living whilst working on the land.

If we reach our target amount we will buy a second hand steel frame and new plastic (professional standard). We will organise a group of friends and volunteers to help put it up. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Anyone would be welcome and we could make a day of it!

Amended Rough Budget (as of 21st July 2016):

New large polytunnel £1800

Arranging workparty £100

Contingency £100

Total: £2000

It is all or nothing so unless we reach our minimum target of £1100, we will not recieve a penny of your money and all donations will be returned. 

A quote from Julia at OBD who is supporting our business: 

I have been buying my fruit and veg from Lou at Castle Cary Market for some time. We exchange veggie recipes and talk about the benefits to wellbeing in having a relationship with the earth – something I am fascinated with as a psychologist and artist. When I saw that Lou and Liam were crowd funding I knew that I wanted to support their endeavour, enterprise and enthusiasm. With my husband David, I run a business training company in Castle Cary. We promote the ethos of entrepreneurial leadership in all that we do. We spent an amazing afternoon with Lou and Liam seeing what they grow, how they grow it and were blown away with how they are engaging with the land and the local community in such a passionate and visionary way. I was so inspired with being with them that I went to my studio and painted a collection of vibrant heritage carrots!!!

Julia Cartwright

OBD Academy

About Bengrove Market Garden

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We are Lou and Liam and we have an unending passion for growing delicious, interesting food and supplying it as fresh as can be to our local area. We feel that linking people back to the root of their food is of utmost importance in this day and age when the amount of land used for fruit and veg horticulture in the UK is dwindling. 

We started the growing business after completing a two year apprenticeship in Organic Horticulture with the Soil Association Future Growers Scheme. Bengrove Market Garden formed in January 2015 and after a promising first year of business we feel we need to take it to the next level in order to supply the demand for local, healthy, tasty high quality produce. 

 

What we have achieved so far...

At the moment we have two brilliant weekly markets that we attend almost all year round at Wells and Castle Cary. We have built up some very supportive regular customers and it has been so rewarding to build a positive one on one relationship commnicating directly with our customers. 

As you will see from the pictures below, we currently supply a range of certified organic produce at markets - we grow as much as we can and buy from other certified organic farms to ensure a full range of organic produce. We would love to grow more and buy less from afar hence our appeal for assistance. 

Your contribution

If you enjoy locally grown organic veg, would like to see us produce more quantity and variety and help us to succeed into the future, your contribution, no matter how small, would go a long way to help us achieve our goal to grow local and supply local for the long term.

Castle Cary Market Stall 

Our current greenhouse 

Some of our produce at market

Find us on facebook: www.facebook.com/bengrovemarketgarden

Website: www.bengrovemarketgarden.co.uk

Email: contactus@bengrovemarketgarden.co.uk

Many thanks!

Lou and Liam

Bengrove Market Garden

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What other people say about us and Bengrove Market Garden:

"Folk who truly have their heads, hearts and hands in the soil and their produce. Dedicated, knowledgeable & caring, who better to grow your veg?" - Jolke De Moel

"What I like about Bengrove Market Garden is their passion for growing high quality veg and their ethos of reducing food miles by selling locally. Everything is grown with care and attention to detail and everything is so full of flavour. I love the mixed salad bags and their tomatoes are just delicious." - Mik Alban

"Lots of positive vibes from the community here in Castle Cary.  BENGROVE MARKET GARDEN are regular stallholders at the Tuesday Market....and always busy!" - Angela Piggot

"A pair of very dedicated gardeners, who are loyal in what they believe in!! Really passionate and have nature and the consumers interests at heart! Unique veg as well..." - Amanda Nuttall

"Lou and Liam put their heart and soul into their business. This really shows in the quality and variety of vegetables they grow and their expertise in planting these at the most opportune time seasonally, as well as knowing that each plant is individual and requires its own kind of care and attention. They have introduced me to many different kinds of tasty vegetables I would not have found in supermarkets, taught me the best way to cook/serve them and with which ingredients to combine them, and have even given me advice on growing them myself. That's the amazing thing about Bengrove Market Garden - they are both so passionate about what they do that they want everyone to share in this by passing on their knowledge in eating and growing healthy, tasty, organic, and sustainable veg." - Sophia Kuperman

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Rewards and incentives

We are offering some lovely rewards and incentives including:

  • Somerset Produce Hampers
  • Bengrove Market Garden cotton bags (design to be revealed later in the campaign) 
  • Bengrove Market Garden mugs (design to be revealed later in the campaign) 
  • Veg from our stall
  • Garden work, advice and consultations
  • The chance to name the polytunnel! 
  • Everybody will be acknowledged in a press release after the fundraising (you can opt out if you wish) 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£1 or more

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£1 Reward

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£3 or more

£3 Reward

For less than the price of a drink in the pub you could make a big difference to us! Thank you so much! Every bit counts! Please share so you can let others know.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Thank you so much, we hope you can let everyone know about your pledge by sharing online. Also your name will be in a newsletter provided to our lucky customers (and online) who will directly benefit from your help.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A hand written thank-you! Also your name will be in a newsletter provided to our lucky customers (and online) who will directly benefit from your help.

£15 or more

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£15 Reward

A Somerset preserve and a limited edition Bengrove Market Garden cotton bag OR mug.

£15 or more

£15 Reward

A voucher for a small box of selected produce from our market stall to be collected from Wells on Saturday or Castle Cary on Tuesday at your convenience.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Two Somerset speciality preserves and a limited edition Bengrove Market Garden bag OR mug.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

A voucher for a large box of selected produce from our stall to be collected from Wells on Saturday or Castle Cary on Tuesday - could possibly deliver locally if required.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

A pack containing three selected items of the best of Somerset produce made by Somerset producers and a Bengrove Market Garden cotton bag OR mug.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

A voucher for a large box of selected produce from our stall and a Bengrove Market Garden cotton bag OR mug.

£75 or more

£75 Reward

A pack containing five selected items of the best of Somerset produce made by Somerset producers and a Bengrove Market Garden cotton bag OR mug.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

A tour of Bengrove Market Garden with lunch and a box of organic veg to take home and a Bengrove Market Garden cotton bag OR mug.

£100 or more

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£100 Reward

A consultation for your own veg patch in your garden with 4 hours of work from us plus access to any plants that we have available at the time. This will need to be in the bounds of Somerset or not too much further afield. All locations considered though so please ask. Also a limited edition bag or mug.

£250 or more

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£250 Reward

A year of home fruit and veg growing consultation - with any spare plants that are available from our propagation space - Receive four, seasonal home visits over one year from us for some ongoing, expert advice on your home growing space, garden or allotment. Limited to Somerset or close to Somerset.

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