The Community Farm

community farm veg box

The Community Farm is a community-owned social enterprise, growing and selling organic food through a box delivery service, which includes fruit, vegetables, dairy products, meat and a selection of groceries.

“Our aim is to help people develop a better understanding of where their food comes from, reconnect with the land on which their food is grown, and learn more about sustainable farming.”

Aside from the produce that comes fresh from their fields, The Community Farm chooses to work with local organic farmers and producers, meaning that the products on offer are selected based on their production methods and what is in season, so that they are of a high-quality, and are local and Fairtrade. To provide fruits and vegetables all year-round, some produce needs to be imported, however, with an aim to reduce air miles, you can rest assured that nothing is imported by airfreight.

birds-eye view of person hoeing

The Community Farm produce is farmed on Grade 1 agricultural land in Chew Magna, overlooking Chew Valley Lake. The fruits and vegetables are Soil Association certified 100% organic, which is great for taste, health and for the environment. The 15-acre site is a haven for wildlife, thanks to their nature-friendly farming methods.

“Not only does organic farming produce very tasty fruit and vegetables, it also provides a rich habitat for wildlife to thrive in. Amongst the plethora of wildlife living on the farm are tawny owls, skylarks, swallows, linnets, kestrels, hedgehogs and deer.”

The term ‘community’ is absolutely key to the farm Their 500 shareholder members have a say in how it’s run,  plus the profits go towards providing learning experiences for children, adults and vulnerable people.

Furthermore, The Community Farm is intent on reducing waste. You will see very little packaging in their farm outlets, their delivery boxes can be returned, reused and eventually, recycled, and any surplus produce goes to food projects or food banks.

View of the community farmland

The Community Farm delivers to Bristol, Bath, the Chew Valley, Frome and Weston-Super-Mare. To sign-up to their organic box scheme, visitthecommunityfarm.co.uk/boxes/ or purchase produce direct from their Veg Shed at Denny Lane, Chew Magna, their Organic Farm Shop in Green Park Station, Bath (open Tuesday to Sunday), or their Wednesday market stall at Southmead Hospital, Bristol.

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Veg Box enquiries:
Email: box@thecommunityfarm.co.uk
Phone: 01275 295029

 

Author: Lucy Fleming

Creative Writing and Publishing undergraduate student at Bath Spa University. Passionate about art and design, fiction writing, sustainability and equality. lucy.fleming16@bathspa.ac.uk