We did it
On 15th November 2018 we successfully raised £8,450 with 114 supporters in 47 days

Building the new VegShed @ Tolhurst Organic, selling local seasonal organic food all year round, 24/7, to the local community and beyond.

by Tolhurst Organic Partnership CIC in Whitchurch On Thames, England, United Kingdom

Lin's VegShed

Dear Supporter of The VegShed

as we close today our campaign with 101% raised of the target, and with profound appreciation for your support and help in promoting the campaign, we are writing with the saddest news that our dear Lin, the heart and soul of our business, died suddenly on Monday morning.

It was the day when we reached our 100th supporter and 100% of the initial target. Lin was watching the campaign closely and was feeling so happy for its success and prospects ahead.

The VegShed had been Lin's project, her idea, and her baby in a way. And we embarked on this, following her vision of having a safe and pleasant place for customers to find all we can offer throughout the year. Lin also wanted to run a small self-service cafe at the VegShed, with tea and coffee on offer and biscuits and may be cakes at weekends. She was often saying how people could stop in their walks or rydes and have a cuppa in the shade. Lin was really really looking forward to having this soon, and  with company's limited resources we decided to try CrowdFunding to make this true.

The VegShed will always be associated with Lin, and we have decided to call it Lin's VegShed, a small gesture of appreciation for everything she did in this business since she founded it with Tolly in 1976.

We are in deep mourning, albeit trying to carry on the business as usual, serving our customers. 

We shall be back very shortly with all Rewards coming your way. 

We shall also keep everybody updated on the building progress and eventually - the launch day. 

Please stay tuned and sign up to our e-Newsletter on www.tolhurstorganic.co.uk for further updates and events. 

Thank You All!!!

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This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£35 or more

Choose your own Veg Reward

Your choice of delicious vegetables from The VegShed between November 2018 and April 2019. The Carrot Reward is included!

£20 or more

The Carrot Reward

Your name or the name of your loved one on Supporters’ Wall in our Veg Shed selling carrots all year round – wonderful gift as well!

£20 or more

8 of 10 claimed

The Potato Reward

A 25kg sack of Caroles potatoes, 2018 harvest – best chippers and roasties ever! Pledge now, collect from the farm at any time before February 2019.

£25 or more

14 of 50 claimed

The Wise Reward

A signed copy of Tolly’s latest book "BACK TO EARTH: UK Organic Horticulture through the Lifetime of a Grower" (2016). The book is for growers, amateur gardeners and general public interested in the environment and food, illustrated by hand from pictures of 30 years farming at Hardwick. Shipping within the UK is included.

£30 or more

12 of 30 claimed

The Seedling Reward

Selection of organically raised plants from our Victorian green house and ready for garden growing. 12 pots of herbs, tomatoes and peppers. Pledge now, collect from the farm in spring 2019. The Carrot Reward is included!

£40 or more

2 of 30 claimed

The Strawberry Reward

Tray with 25 organic strawberry plants. Pledge now, collect from the farm in summer 2019. The Carrot Reward is included!

£50 or more

The Love of Veg Reward

A hug from Tolly! Can last up to 2 minutes! Pledge now, claim any time before lunch. The Carrot Reward is included!

£60 or more

The Harvest Reward

A days working on the farm, keeping up with the team of 2-3 professional planters, hoers and pickers. Getting muddy in the winter fields or sweaty and sticky in the summer tunnels. Lunch is on us! The Carrot Reward is included!

£70 or more

0 of 15 claimed

The Salad Reward

Two seats in our annual Growing Winter Salads workshop. This workshop will take you through the how and why choosing your growing system, planning your sowing schedule & selecting varieties for winter cropping, sowing, growing and harvesting for best results, fertility-building and rotation, propagation media, materials and techniques. You will sow your own salad seedlings to grow on at home. The Carrot Reward is included!

£80 or more

2 of 15 claimed

The Sauerkraut Reward

Seat in our most popular Fermenting Veg for Winter workshop. This workshop will take you through the basics of preserving and creating your own home-cooked meals in a jar, including Health & safety in the preserving kitchen, different methods of preserving veg – from lacto-fermentation to long-life vegetable medleys. Two recipes made together – picking veg directly from the garden and and preserving them.The Carrot Reward is included!

£100 or more

7 of 10 claimed

The Veg Bag Reward

Three months subscription to a Small Vegetable Bag. If you live in our distribution area, we will be delivering to a local Rep in Reading, Purley, Tilehurst, Oxford, Abingdon or Wallingford, or to your doorstep at Hardwick, Whitchurch or Pangbourne. If you want to upgrade to a larger bag, you will only pay a £3-5 per bag price difference. The Carrot Reward is included!

£150 or more

3 of 50 claimed

The Apple Reward

Name an apple tree in our Agroforestry project – a named brass plaque will be installed for you or a loved one (wonderful gift!) for as long as the tree is alive. We have 16 varieties of apple trees in our field, beginning to crop in 2019. You can also help us harvest it and take some home for your family and friends. The Carrot Reward is included!

£250 or more

1 of 10 claimed

The Biodiversity Reward

A field and garden walk by Tolly for a group of up to 10, with the history of the farm and of the Walled Garden, insights into our research and agroforestry, built-in biodiversity features and pest control measures – all-in-one. The Carrot Reward is included!

£350 or more

0 of 10 claimed

The Team Reward

A different sort of team away day for up to 10 corporate professionals, where you spend the time outdoors, with a farm walk, some work outside, lunch and coffee break is on us. The Carrot Reward is included!

£500 or more

1 of 2 claimed

The Wet Reward

A day of sailing in the Solent on Tolly’s legendary yacht Naida, for up to 3 adults. Prepare to get wet and dizzy, alongside the beautiful sights of the shores from the sea. The Carrot Reward is included!

£800 or more

0 of 3 claimed

The Party Reward

Use of our old army marquee and vegetarian kitchen for an event of your choice for up to 60 people. Includes set up and clear out days. Subject to marquee being free on specific days.

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