Lauriston Social Farming Initiative

by Spencer Christy in Goldhanger, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 29th December 2019 we successfully raised £8,240 with 62 supporters in 28 days

Install a new 25m x 8m poly tunnel to increase production of biodynamic vegetables for supply to our local village and co-op members.

by Spencer Christy in Goldhanger, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

The other piece of the puzzle to increase production is to improve our volunteer accommodation.  We currently have one touring caravan with awning but this doesn't work so well in winter so we have cleared a space in the wood for a static caravan for two people to use all year round.

This additional help could be apprentices or long term volunteers, either way the help is wonderful and there is an excellent opportunity to learn all about good biodynamic production from our experienced staff.


We are Lauriston Farm - a charitable community owned social farming business on the Blackwater Estuary in rural Essex.  We work along side people with a learning disability to grow vegetables, raise cattle and sheep and look after wildlife on this internationally designated piece of land.  The farm and all its produce is certified Biodynamic.

We started in 2004 and formed the co-op in 2017 which is now owned by 194 people with over 80% living in Essex.  There are four people working on the farm.  Andre and Monique grow the vegetables on a couple of acres and Spencer looks after the cattle, sheep and conservation work with Jenny co-ordinating our social farming activities.  

Almost all our produce is sold locally through a box scheme, local markets and our farm shop but we also supply Farm Direct in London every week.

Our nearest village is called Goldhanger and this year the weekly vegetable van stopped coming and the village shop closed over ten years ago.  A group of people have asked us if we can supply vegetables to the village which we would love to do but we need to expand our production a little to do it.

Fundamental to this is the need for a second poly tunnel to grow more spring crops for a longer period.  This will free up the existing tunnel to concentrate on Summer crops and extend their season too.

We hope to have the tunnel in place by March 2020 for the Summer crops and we are asking for your support to make this a reality.  We are offering 5% of your pledge as a voucher for farm produce in addition you will be kept up to date with farm news so maybe you'd like to com

along on one of our open days and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

To see how this fits into our broader fund raising campaign and to find out more about the farm you can download our prospectus by clicking here.

The film below was made by Monique's 14 year old nephew and it gives more information on the farm - we all hope you can give a little to enable us to supply those wholesome veggies to people in our local village!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£150 or more

1 of 10 claimed

The 2020 Biodynamic Planting Calendar!

Hot off the press, we have ten copies of the 2020 Biodynamic Planting Calendar up for grabs. It gives all the astronomical planetary, lunar and constellation information for the year ahead as well as a dearth of gardening tips and background information. It makes a great Christmas present for any gardener and for the biodynamic workers it is as essential a tool as a fork and spade. We will post the diary to any address in the UK for you!

£20 or more

£1 voucher for farm produce

You can use this voucher in the farm shop, on our market stall or email sale and claim your £1 worth of free produce.

£50 or more

£2.50 voucher for farm produce

You can use this voucher in the farm shop, on our market stall or email sale and claim your £2.50 worth of free produce.

£100 or more

£5 voucher for farm produce

You can use this voucher in the farm shop, on our market stall or email sale and claim your £5 worth of free produce.

£200 or more

£10.00 voucher for farm produce

You can use this voucher in the farm shop, on our market stall or email sale and claim your £10 worth of free produce.

£350 or more

£17.50 voucher for farm produce

You can use this voucher in the farm shop, on our market stall or email sale and claim your £17.50 worth of free produce.

£500 or more

£25.00 voucher for farm produce

You can use this voucher in the farm shop, on our market stall or email sale and claim your £25 worth of free produce.

£750 or more

£37.50 voucher for farm produce

You can use this voucher in the farm shop, on our market stall or email sale and claim your £37.50 worth of free produce.

£1,000 or more

£50.00 voucher for farm produce

You can use this voucher in the farm shop, on our market stall or email sale and claim your £50 worth of free produce.

£2,000 or more

£100.00 voucher for farm produce

You can use this voucher in the farm shop, on our market stall or email sale and claim your £100 worth of free produce.

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