All members are invited to a General Meeting, starting at 2pm at our distribution site, Runwick Hill (Cupsmith), Dippenhall. We have important information to share and discuss, including proposed price increases to keep the project sustainable and fair to our two growers. We also have to make further plans for setting up operations at West Farm, now that we are fully off Runfold and better organised at Dippenhall.Continue Reading "General Meeting: Sat. 18 March 2017"
This winter at FLF there’s no Courgette Crisis, the new codename for a supposed nationwide shortage of green veg. If you want courgettes at this time of year they have to be flown or driven from Italy or Spain, anyway. Our members don’t expect them at this time of year. We’re used to seasonal veg and enjoy our own wonderful cabbage, flower sprouts, cauliflowers and other local veg each week.Continue Reading "Courgette Crisis? Not here!"
We’ve nearly finished! The last Work Party of the ‘Leaving Runfold’ series is this Sunday, 22 Jan, from 10am. We’ll be taking down the last shed and the shelter from the cob oven. The weather forecast looks dry and the track is squishy but passable. Please come and help. Vince will be bringing his trailer to shift the bulky items, which need several bods to lift. Bring any of the following tools on the day: cordless screwdriver, claw hammer, lump hammer, jemmy, strong gloves, lunch…Continue Reading “Final Runfold work party – moving the Old Shed”
From January 2017 all veg distribution is from a barn behind the house of our friends George & Emma of Cupsmith Coffee at Runwick Hill, Dippenhall. For more info and a map please see this page, which is also accessible directly from About Us > How to Find Us. David
Help! We’re preparing to leave Runfold and have already taken down the polytunnels. Our next task is on Sunday 11th Dec, at Runfold – taking down the Blue Shed and the Shelter. (We’ll also need help at some point in the week following with taking materials off site.)
Work parties start at 10am and finish… whenever. Please bring lunch, if relevant, and come for as much time as you can spare – no min. or max. – with plenty of hot drinks available on site.
It’ll be a social event but with the emphasis on Action. Don’t worry if you’re not in the first flush of youth: we need ladder-stabilisers, packers and labellers besides climbers and spanner-operators. Everyone is valued.Continue Reading "Runfold Take-down Work Party No.4 – the Big One"
Please take a look at our latest Fundraising effort: the FLF Sale of Promises. Offer or bid for services or treats, with the proceeds going to FLF funds. The full list is available from the Events menu or click here.
General Meeting report – with thanks to Marlies for taking the minutes and writing them up. Report (PDF)
Our annual Accounts to March 2016, as submitted to the FCA, are now available to members on this site. David
Farnham Local Food presents an evening of food and dancing with local ceilidh band Second Front.
Buy your tickets online now at our Ticket Tailor event page.
All you need to enjoy a Barn Dance is comfy shoes, cool clothing and a sense of humour – all left feet are welcome however many you have! We’ll have a licence for a bar and will also be serving soft drinks.Continue Reading "Join us at the FLF Barn Dance, Sat 3rd Dec"
The little plums in the share last Saturday are Britain’s wild plums, also known as Bullaces, from the hedge at West Farm. They’re related to sloes but far less sour and used to be the standard until choice plum varieties such as Victoria were introduced. They are quite ‘dry’ (astringent) and are not great raw but really tasty stewed with Demerara or Muscovado sugar. Don’t bother trying to soak off the skins. Removing the small stones is a pain, too. I’ve a chip pan strainer…Continue Reading “Mini-plums in the share? They’re Bullaces”
Our Annual General Meeting was held on the 9th July 2016 at the Runfold site. Here are the official Minutes from Marlies. FLF AGM 2016-07-09
We had an excellent day on Friday is glorious weather, helping prepare our Dippenhall site to become the veg distribution hub for our activities after we move from Runfold.Continue Reading "Lloyds Bank ‘Give & Gain Day’ clears the way for visitors to Dippenhall"
All members and supporters are welcome at our Annual General Meeting, starting at 2pm. Come and hear the latest on the veg we’re growing this year, improvements at our Dippenhall site, progress at our new West Farm site, membership, financial challenges, outreach events and much more. *** Pizzas from 1pm. Note that we’re baking on the 9th, not the 2nd, to coincide with the AGM *** Bring anything else you’d like to share for lunch.
Peppy has produced some last-minute advice for our seedling-growers. Click the links below to download the Letter and Instructions. Letter for plant bonanza on June 5th Seedling instructions – sowing plan 2016
Our General Meeting on the 11th of this month was primarily to discuss our urgent search for a new Site and our need to find a Grower for when Susie leaves us at the end of this year. Do take a look at the Minutes, carefully taken and written up by Marlies. Feel free to comment – here, or in person to any board member. Open Meeting Minutes PDF David, Secretary
We have now left Romania, where we were meeting Attila Szocs from the organisation ECO RURALIS of peasant farmers, gardeners and consumers. Attila gave us deep insights into the issues of access to land and land grabbing in Romania. He combines high motivation and enthusiasm with profound knowledge and courageous search for justice. Coming to Romania after filming in France, Catalunya and Italy was like entering a different world that would have been familiar to my grandparents. Beautiful landscape full of farms and gardens, small streets, horse carts, strong rural culture, sunshine, Palinka and hearty food.Continue Reading "Gavin’s Travelogue No.5 – Exposing the Great Romanian Land Grab"
Just a quick update 11/07 by email: … we’ve crossed Slovenia and are now about 2/3 across Hungary on the our way to Romania. We hope to be there by 8pm tonight, perhaps. The trip is generally going really well. The travelling is understandably tiring, but the projects are very interesting and inspirational. Gavin
We are on the road again after visiting Rome!
In Rome, Marta Di Pierro (AIAB Lazio) welcomed us and arranged an insightful and highly enjoyable stay in Italy. We visited 2 farming projects that are excellent examples of access to land for agro-ecological farming. Although the projects are very different they have one similarity: They are both the result of negotiations with public authorities. In Italy considerable parts of agricultural land belong to public authorities (as well as the church).Continue Reading "Gavin’s Travelogue No.3 – Italia"
We have our very own toilet facilities at Runfold!
equals “Betty’s Temple Garden”.
Continue Reading "The Compost Loo has Landed"
The next stop of our road trip filming ACCESS TO LAND FOR AGROECOLOGICAL FARMING in Europe was Catalunya.
We drove to the mountain town of Rialp in the Pyrenees. Here we met Vanesa Freixa and her lovely (all-female) colleagues of Rurbans. Because of the mountain setting and a cool breeze the heatwave that currently melts Europe was not affecting us too much (even though it was 46 degrees).Continue Reading "Gavin’s Travelogue No.2 – Catalunya"
Our very own Farnham Local Food apprentice, Gavin Bridger, is currently travelling across Europe as part of an Erasmus+ funded film project to explore the issues of access to land by entrants with a non-farming background. The film, produced by Julio Molina-Montenegro (a Farnham Local Food member,) will document Gavin asking questions about land access in different contexts across Europe and will serve to raise awareness of the Access to Land Partnership by European initiatives seeking to address one of the rising challenges for sustainable rural development in Europe.
Here is the first in a series of Gavin’s travelogue updates from the road.Continue Reading "Gavin’s Travelogue No.1 – Southern France"
We’ve just held our annual Fête and Plant Sale – a great success. We sold pizzas, jam, sausages, veg-scrubbers, chutney and, of course, pots and pots of plants – flowers, herbs and vegetables – and beautiful hanging baskets – all looking their best on a lovely sunny day. There was tea with quantities of home-made cakes, beer and Pimms, to the accompaniment of live music. Pimms in the sunshine, with the jolliest ukulele band in the world – what more could you want? We enrolled…Continue Reading “FLF Fête 2015 – our best ever”
Farnham Local Food’s 2015 Summer Fete and Plant Sale is on Sunday 7th of June, with a wide selection of garden plants and vegetable seedlings for sale. Download a printable poster PDF 3.4MB It will be a wonderful event and there will be lots going on: * Plant stall – flowers and vegetables * Teas and cakes stall * Pizza * Morsbags * Tombola * Children’s activities – treasure hunt, tee-shirt weaving * Victorian bottle stall * Bees working in a contained hive * Beer and pimms tent * Live music Do come along!
A quick-and-late report on moving “Jim the Polytunnel” to its Winter quarters:
After a productive season harbouring our tomatoes, I’m delighted to say that our polytunnel-on-skids has been slid and rolled for the first time to its new location alongside the existing long tunnel, over the pre-planted winter salad. This was a bit of an alarming prospect but Vince and his work-experience lads from the Linden Education Centre rose to the challenge with good humour and a can-do attitude.
We braced the tunnel for the stresses of the move by binding the hoops together along its length with purple webbing straps to stop them from splaying, joining the door rails with steel bars and positioning the massive steel tow-bar at the leading end.
We are what we are because of our Members. Our General Meeting last month was a forum both for informing and for discussing where we are, how we go forward and some of the challenges ahead (and behind!) Do take a look at the Minutes, carefully taken and written up by Marlies. Feel free to comment – here or in person to any board member. Open Meeting Minutes PDF David, Secretary
We invite all members to our General Meeting during share-collection time, starting at 2pm on Saturday 19 July. We’re a Co-op so come and have your say in the running and direction of your project. There will be reports from our grower Susie, membership sec. Kerstin, treasurer Tony, and chair & co-op secretary David. If you would like something specific discussed please contact Marlies or me in advance so that we can make time for you. See the Contact us page for details of how…Continue Reading “Open General Meeting of FLF, Sat. 19 July 2014”
Sunday 8th June saw our biggest event of the year – and it was a huge success…Continue Reading "Veg Garden Summer Fete and Plant Sale"
Garlic (ours) Carrots (ours) Salad Leaves – mainly rocket (ours) Spinach (Organic, from Southampton) Swede (Organic, UK) Red Cabbage (Organic, UK) Potatoes (Country Market, Kingsley) There will be new recipes posted on website this week. Please collect your share of vegetables between 1 – 4pm. Disclaimer: The actual share may differ from this due to circumstances beyond our control affecting availability. In the field this weekend Pizza! Cob Oven: manned by Robert and Duncan this week. Sausages from Furney Copse Farm: pre-order by emailing enquires…Continue Reading “In your Share this week – 19 April 2014”
Its BUSY BUSY BUSY at the FLF site this Saturday. Please join me to help with the harvesting.
This Saturday 5th April we are launching our Crowdfunding appeal. The marketing team have been working their socks offContinue Reading "Crowdfunding Launch this Saturday at Runfold – pizza, teas, Food Hub stalls etc."