Railway Farm Shop Community Enrichment Scheme

by Railway FarmShop & Market Garden in Benhall, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 3rd December 2020 we successfully raised £8,123 with 111 supporters in 28 days

Our aim is to remodel some of the existing land to create an 'eco-friendly' community hub & garden that promotes wellness.

by Railway FarmShop & Market Garden in Benhall, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Once you amazing people have helped us reach our initial target work will commence and we'll be a massive step closer to realising our dream.

By supporting us on the next stage of development and once the polytunnel and community garden is complete we would love to build an outdoor kitchen for everyone to enjoy the fruits of their labour. A true field to fork experience. 

So if we achieve all of this, what's next for the Railway Farm Shop?

Currently we delivery with the assistance of volunteers from the boots of our car to those within a 15 mile radius of the farm shop who are unable to visit.

By expanding on this and ultimately introduce a Veg Van we can take our produce to the many villages and support those without daily access to fresh fruit & vegetables.

Thriving to become a plastic free business it's not a problem for the elderly or those on low income to buy exactly what they need, there's no polythene bags bursting with pre-weighed food here!

In addition to the financial benefits it eliminates food waste and for many could be the only interaction they have on any particular day.

But lets not run before we can walk! We just want you to see where we want to take this!


Hello,

We are Kerry & Martin and in Spring 2019 we purchased the Railway Farm Shop & Market Garden. 

We soon discovered that what we have is special to many and much more than a traditional, timber built farm shop - so we've hatched a plan and need YOUR SUPPORT (please). Together we can remodel one of our existing polytunnels and land into an eco-friendly community garden providing fresh, home grown veg at an affordable price to the local community. 

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One of our polytunnels and its surrounding area will be transformed into a usable space for community groups and local school children. It would act as a social hub and community garden for those wanting to get involved with our 'dig days' or just sit down for tea, cake and a natter! 

We wish for the farm to become a place to ‘take a breath’ - to stop, relax and come back to self-care. This is known as ‘social farming’ and it's good for us all. 

Whilst the area will be open to all, our primary focus will be the older generation to help combat loneliness whilst encouraging physical exercise and positive mental wellbeing. 

We are on a mission to educate people to think about where their food has come from. We also love to challenge them to eat seasonal food they wouldn't ordinarily try. Our weekly veg box scheme is testament to this.

In short - Our aim is to bring the community closer together whilst educating, enhancing and improving visitor experience.

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We love Suffolk!

Covering 155 square miles and on our doorstep, the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a stunning unspoiled landscape which attracts locals and visitors alike.

On top of all this Suffolk has exceptional small scale producers only a very short drive from the farm shop. Therefore, it’s easy to make regular visits to suppliers, keeping a low carbon footprint and ensuring fresh seasonal produce is available to sit alongside what we grow.

Small scale agriculture is the future. We don’t need motorisation which leads to increased diversity and soil biology and ultimately more fertile, healthier and tastier plants without the need for GMOs and pesticides. It's a win, win!

What brings all these fantastic qualities together is the people, who are happy to support and try new things with enthusiasm, energy and care towards their community.

Why we need to start eating local produced food:

Supporting local businesses is now more important than ever. As we leave the EU, tariffs put in place to support farmers to ensure a solid income could be dropped, therefore putting them at risk of decreased income. They need all the support they can get.

It is important we know where our food is coming from, how many miles it has travelled and whether it is as fresh as it could be; by knowing its locality, we reduce our carbon footprint massively, instead of eating produce that may have been shipped or flown in, then driven and manhandled multiple times.

One of the most important philosophies we believe in is supporting our local economy; with the majority of produce either home grown or coming directly from farm to shop. It means we reduce our supply chain and can, therefore, provide farmers with a more reliable income and our customers with better prices. 

So, we need just some of your hard-earned cash - but why?

One of our existing polytunnels needs some (major) work before it can become our community hub as does the surrounding area to become a beautiful garden that's the talk of the town (or village in our case).

Being off grid with no mains electricity or sewage a compostable toilet is required, the uneven car park needs to become more user friendly, broken fencing replaced (some of which we've repaired already) and general jobs to ensure we're H&S compliant which are ongoing. 

Our initial target is £8,000. This is the minimum amount we need to get the project up and running. Our optimum target is £11,000 which will become our stretch if we are successful, allowing us to fulfil the dream.

If you say it quickly it doesn't sound that scary especially when we have your support - whether that's 800 x £10, 160 x £50 or 1 x £8,000 we don't care and to show our appreciation we have a range of rewards as a thank you from us. 

We'll say it again - THANK YOU.

Best wishes,

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A massive virtual high five for helping us get off the ground.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

A Railway Farm Shop exclusive support tote bag.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Tote bag and 10% discount in the store for 3 months

£250 or more

2 of 12 claimed

£250 Reward

Tote bag and 10% discount in the store for 12 months

£500 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£500 Reward

Tote bag and adopt a chicken for 12 months plus half a dozen eggs every week for a year!

£1,000 or more

1 of 5 claimed

£1,000 Reward

Tote bag & 10 veg box tokens to use as you wish.

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