Thank you to all members who emailed and called in response to the letter sent on January 22nd regarding the current situation of FLF. The offers of support & continued commitment to FLF are much appreciated.
Having shared the feedback and suggestions from everyone, the Board have agreed that Katie, Jane & Nick can take the project forward which we believe from the feedback will be supported by majority of current members.
Gavin will be leaving FLF by the end of March 2017. The Board, on behalf of all our members, would like to thank Gavin for all his tremendous effort over the last three and a half years. Gavin started as our apprentice in 2014 and took over as Head Grower from Susie Crosby in December 2015. Gavin has led FLF through a particularly challenging time in 2016 & 2017 and the Board would like to formally acknowledge his personal leadership & considerable time commitment in managing the closure of Runfold and setting up West Farm. We would like to offer Gavin, Tracey and Jake our very best wishes for the future.
The project will now be led on a day-to-day basis by Katie Forman with the full- time support of Jane Boxall and Nick Follett. They will be making a few changes to how FLF operates, reflecting members’ feedback and will be communicating these over the next couple of months. Please keep an eye on the FLF website and Facebook page where Katie will be posting regular updates.
One of the first changes is that vegetable share collection will now move from a Saturday to a Thursday, with the growers leading the harvest on that day and members will still be welcome to support harvesting. Members will then be able to collect their pre-bagged shares from the Summerhouse at the Packhouse (Runfold) from 4pm-8pm each Thursday. This will commence on Thursday April 5th and more details will be communicated as we get closer to the date.
To allow the team time to make the transition, and as we are now entering the hungry gap and have a limited supply of vegetables in the fields at West farm & Dippenhall, the last vegetable share collection from Cupsmiths will be on Saturday March 17th. This does mean there will be no vegetable shares for Saturday March 24th and March 31st and we hope members will understand why we are not going to buy in veg to bridge the two-week gap. We still need members to help with the harvest on the three Saturdays in March so please sign up online via the website if you can.
The next 2-3 months will be a challenging & exciting time and the current board members will support Katie, Jane & Nick to ensure that the day-to-day operations of FLF transition successfully. We really do need the active participation of members to help us with this, including a works party at West Farm to set up storage and irrigation – details to be posted shortly. In addition, we will be looking for more members to join the Board from April 2018 so please contact us if you are interested in becoming involved.
There will be a General Meeting on Saturday April 28th to update members and for the new team to set out their plans for the coming year. We would like to encourage as many members as possible to attend so please put the date in your diary.
On behalf of Elaine Brace, David Hepper, Joanna Herbert Stepney,
Marlies van den Hurk, Sarah King & Alison Wood
Board of Farnham Local Food
Farnham Local Food is an award winning Community Supported Agriculture Scheme (CSA) supplying the people of Farnham and the surrounding areas with a weekly share of seasonal vegetables. We are a community run not-for-profit enterprise. Our members know exactly where their food has come from and, although not organically certified, we use organic practices to grow our veg which means everything is free of pesticides and synthetic fertilisers. Find out more about Farnham Local Food.