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!
New large polytunnel £1800
Arranging workparty £100
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
Find us on facebook: www.facebook.com/bengrovemarketgarden
Lou and Liam
Bengrove Market Garden
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
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)