Riverside Market Garden

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Our community owned market garden is now diversifying into processed products and we need your help

by riverside-market-garden in St Hilary

GROWING FOOD FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

Food producers in the U.K. are facing tough new challenges. Weather extremes have created some of the worst conditions for many decades; and we now import over three quarters of our fruit and vegetables, and food prices are rising (by 30 % since 2007) resulting in less purchases of fresh vegetables by all kinds of families, especially those on a low income. If we want to have good food in the future, we have to learn how to produce and sell it differently!

Riverside Market Garden has, over 5 years, developed a viable and exciting model of small-scale, organic, vegetable growing, delivering fresh produce to local customers. And as a community owned social enterprise, we also meet a number of social objectives in helping educate children, offering training opportunities for the sustainable farmers of the future, and sharing our knowledge and experience with other community food enterprises.

A grower of the future!

We now have inspiring new ideas to support our core business, and to offer customers a wider range of delicious, healthy, and  sustainably produced food. These include: extending the season for vegetable production and weather protection, with a new polytunnel to grow year round crops and micro-leaves, and 'micro-tunnels' to protect field crops (a project involving a new design by local students).

Head grower in the polytunnel

To gain maximum production from our field, we also need some field drainage work. Finally, we have some really tasty plans to preserve and process some of what we grow, so that we can offer soups made from unsold veg, preserved fruit and veg, herb teas, and healthy snack foods like vegetable crisps. All of which will make healthy local food available to more people year round, and help get kids munching on things that are actually good for them!

Kids enjoying the tomatoes

Our funding target of £14,500 will enable us to start work on this right away. Any learning will be openly shared via our newsletter, project reports, and workshops. And of course, all investors will have satisfaction of knowing they’re supporting a flagship local food social enterprise which will inspire others throughout the country and help ensure that our collective ‘food future' will be a healthy, sustainable and delicious one.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Personal thank you email and your name on our sponsor's board in our on-site shelter and on our website

£25 or more

£25 Reward

As above plus free attendance at a morning organic veg growing workshop on site

£40 or more

£40 Reward

Receive one share in the market garden enterprise - worth £50.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

As above plus an apron with our logo

£80 or more

£80 Reward

Receive two shares in the market garden enterprise - worth £100.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

As above plus a free veg box and a cooking lesson with top chef Grady Atkin, a breadmaking lesson with Wild Yeast Bakery, a Mindfulness taster session from Mindful Work, or a guitar lesson with Steve Garrett - all lesson offers limited to first 5 who request it

£190 or more

£190 Reward

Receive five shares in the market garden enterprise - worth £250.

£250 or more

£250 Reward

As above but one month's free veg boxes, and your name on a fruit tree on site

£500 or more

£500 Reward

As above but three month's free veg boxes and your name on our tractor

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

As above plus a case of organic wine and a meal for two at one of our partner restaurants

£2,000 or more

£2,000 Reward

As above, plus your name on all our promotional material as a Key Social Enterprise Sponsor

Let's make 'Riverside Market Garden' happen