Featured in Feast, issue 40- October 2019 – Photo Essay Feature
Organic pepper doesn’t get much more local than this. FarmShare is an ever-growing community supported agriculture organisation that has been providing organic, fresh, seasonal veg to Norwich residents, for the past 10 years or more.
The cooperative, which has just become a Proudly Norfolk member, is all about working towards a sustainable food system, on healthy soil, in order to provide chemical free, local produce.
And this autumn marks the first full full year of production on the new site: Whitlingham Nurseries, near Norwich.
Joel Rodker and Jack Astbury are the main growers and have a clear vision of what they want to achieve. Joel says: ‘We are passionate about growing healthy, chemical-free food for local people and we think we’ve got a model with huge potential that can be financially successful and also a huge boost for the community.’
The new site, he says, ‘is going really well. It’s got good access, good soil and a good water supply.’
There’s plenty of ways to get involved. You can volunteer at the farm every Thursday, between 10am and 3pm, and they also hold monthly volunteer sessions on the first Saturday of each month, between 11am and 3pm.
Members of FarmShare can then collect their veg from a new hub: Wensum Sports Centre in Norwich. And it’s certainly gaining interest in the restaurant community: fans of FarmShare include Head Chef at the Last Wine Bar, Iain McCarten.