Farmers' markets & direct farm sales articles

Sep
15
2019
Alice Brown

Why community farms are such a good idea: Alice Brown of Sutton Community Farm (Part 1)

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Today I’m talking with Alice Brown of Sutton Community Farm. I’m interested in looking at how we produce food in the new economy. The current system is a disaster in terms of environment and wealth concentration. Read more …

Jan
10
2019
Lesley Anderson

Life on Birchwood Croft: tales of smallholding in the Scottish Highlands

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Lesley Anderson learns about the ups and downs of life for crofters Beth and Tim Rose at Birchwood Croft in the Scottish Highlands.

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Jan
3
2019
Ed Hamer

Chagfood community market garden apprenticeships on offer in 2019

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Could 2019 be the year you learn how to set up and run a community market garden? Chagfood, a CSA scheme based in Chagford, Devon, is offering two apprenticeship opportunities from April to October. Read more …

Dec
16
2018
Maresa Bossano

How do we grow the community-supported agriculture sector? Maresa Bossano, co-ordinator of the UK CSA Network

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This week we’re talking with Maresa Bossano, who is the co-ordinator for the Community-Supported Agriculture Network in the UK. Read more …

Sep
27
2018
Richard Phillips

Ten top tips for running a market stall or craft fayre stall

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Today we’re sharing ten tips for running a market stall or craft fayre stall from the folks behind The Soap Kitchen. Read more …

Sep
18
2018
Jyoti Fernandes

Want better food for all? The Good Food Good Farming march is for you.

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The Landworkers’ Alliance are joining with others to call for an Agriculture Bill that provides access to healthy sustainable food for all. Join them on Sunday 14 October as they head to Westminster for the Good Food Good Farming March. Read more …

Sep
11
2018
Maresa Bossano

Celebrate a bumper harvest at a CSA Open Day this autumn

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We hear from Maresa Bossano about the CSA Open Day events promising fun, friendship and the opportunity to learn about your local community farm this autumn. Read more …

Jul
29
2018
Maresa Bossano

Taking the food sector from corporate supermarkets: interview with Maresa Bossano, co-ordinator of the UK Community-Supported Agriculture Network

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This week we’re talking with Maresa Bossano, who is the co-ordinator for the Community-Supported Agriculture Network in the UK. Read more …

Jun
7
2018
Dave Darby

Announcing the launch of NonCorporate.org – how to move away from multinational corporations

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We’re pleased to announce the launch of NonCorporate.org – our sister site, dedicated to helping people move away from multinational corporations (MNCs) for everything they need. Read more …

Jun
3
2018
Lauren Simpson

You’re invited to the Ecological Land Cooperative Summer Gathering

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We hear from Lauren Simpson about plans for the Ecological Land Cooperative Summer Gathering & AGM taking place on 14th July on the beautiful Gower Peninsula. Read more …

Mar
23
2018
Tomas Remiarz

New no-dig, organic market garden for Manchester: how you can help

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We are starting a new NO DIG MARKET GARDEN that will bring fresh organic food to Manchester. You can help by joining our crowd funder at Read more …

Feb
26
2018
Dave Darby

The next great transition will be to the Solidarity Economy with a mutual credit exchange system

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I’ve been working in the environmental field for over 20 years, and I believe, like the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, that we’re headed for ‘biological annihilation’, and like the good folk at the Dark Mountain Project, that a crash is coming that we may or may not recover from Read more …

Feb
8
2018
Sophie Paterson

The Food Assembly: connecting you to local farmers and food makers

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Sophie Paterson explores how a movement founded in France is connecting communities to local farmers and food makers across Britain: enter The Food Assembly. But does it really offer the best deal to producers, hosts and customers alike? Read more …

Jan
19
2018
Scarlett Penn

My reflections on the Oxford Real Farming Conference 2018

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I’ve heard several people say they love going to the Oxford Real Farming Conference because it fires them up for the farming year, and I couldn’t agree more. ORFC is so inspiring to people like us because it was set up by a group frustrated at the lack of representation for organic and small-scale producers at the decades-old Oxford Farming Conference. Read more …

Jan
18
2018
Dee Butterly

How you can help the Landworkers’ Alliance get more farmers and better food in the UK

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All over Europe, for a long time there has been a trend towards larger, monoculture farms and industrial agriculture. Smaller farms have been swallowed up and farmers have been leaving the land in their millions. Read more …

Jan
7
2018
Dave Darby

How we got olive oil from a small farm in Portugal brought over in a sailboat by a co-operative based in Brighton – and how you can do the same

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I recently interviewed Dhara Thompson of the Sailboat Project for our new sailboats topic introduction. He told me that they are one of many new organisations that are working to bring back sailboats for cargo and passenger transport – using the power of the wind to move people and goods around the planet. Read more …

Nov
19
2017
Sophie Paterson

Join our new online community Living Low Impact

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We’re excited to introduce our new Facebook group Living Low Impact – and you’re invited! Read more …

Sep
3
2017
Chris Smaje

So you want to be a farmer? Thirteen words of wisdom from me to myself

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In this post based on an original at Small Farm Future, farmer Chris Smaje relates words of wisdom curated as part of a talk he gave at the Oxford Real Farming Conference in 2016. Read more …

Aug
5
2017
Rebecca Laughton

A matter of scale: how small farms provide more jobs and more food per acre

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Our new report, “A Matter of Scale”, highlights how a diverse and vibrant sector of small farms is providing employment, attracting new entrants and incubating entrepreneurs. Read more …

Jul
2
2017
Chris Smaje

Starting a market garden: Q&A with Chris Smaje of Small Farm Future

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Chris Smaje of Small Farm Future kindly agreed to share with us a recent blog post of his own about starting a market garden, drawing on his experiences at Vallis Veg, a small farm on the outskirts of Frome in Somerset with a veg box scheme and much more besides. Covering 13 questions collated from his most common reader comments, he offers his personal advice to anyone considering a market garden venture. It’s over to Chris from here. Read more …

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