To sustainably grow a diverse range of crops for the benefit of the local community and environment (long term).
Community Supported Agriculture = Agriculture Supported Community
We are fortunate at the farm to have a very sandy soil that warms up quickly and is a real pleasure to work. Unfortunately it lacks organic material and being rather exposed, dries out and leaches nutrients easily. We've consulted widely and even commissioned a report by the Organic Advisory Service. What's clear is that progressive building of nutrition in the soil will be key to our success and underlie our horticultural activities.
At the time of writing we're not registered organic, but are following ethical practice with a view to conversion when and if appropriate. Our vegetable field is bordered with green manure fertility building plants such as Clover and Lucerne. We used mostly local horse manure in our initial cultivations, but have recently been donated compost from local composter EcoSci.
We grow a range of vegetables on the farm, our first year was mostly potatoes...