Yesterday I spent a really interesting day at Five Acre Community Farm near Coventry.
|Where the shares are placed and everyone helps themselves|
During the day I picked up some great tips, got to see organic growing practices on a larger scale and talk to really interesting people who are doing this day in and day out.
I had many (and I mean many) questions about how it's run, how the financing works, and what the smallest they thought I could go with it was. To provide produce for 12 months of the year is tricky just for yourself but to do it for others (who are paying) is even harder, they provide 60 full shares each week off this plot.
|Hardening off area outside the poly tunnel|
|The one tunnel with peppers, aubergines and some cucs down the middle|
|Leeks being dug up and trimmed to transplant outside|
|Over wintered onions being dried after harvest|
|Tomatoes on one half of the tunnel|
The beds had been set out to be easily worked by a tractor that they use for cultivation.
|Although some quiet high weed pressure there is so much veg on this 5 acres! Here's the squash area.|
|Soft fruit, done as a pick your own for the CSA members that want it. Strawberries and blackcurrants|
|The plastic seems to work really well for the soft fruit and it's something I'll be trying|
|Dwarf ballotti beans for drying to be added to shares in the hungry gap|
|Nets are used to keep some pests off, mainly on roots and on brassicas|
|Green manures on fallow areas to build soil fertility|
|Trimmed leeks just transplanted|
|Showing an area of netted produce, all rows are 70m long|
Thanks again to Gareth, Becka and Hannah for your time yesterday! I hope I didn't ask too many questions!
I'm wondering if a mix of CSA shares as well as restaurant sales might be the way to go, that way I spread my risk and I might get interest from both sides of things. then again I might be mad to consider it at all!