Our neighbours Packhouse are kindly hosting us at their summerhouse this Saturday 14th October; we will have a pop up farm shop selling our organically grown veg from the field down the road, including pumpkins! 10am-4pm, see you there.
We are hugely proud to say on Thursday night, at the Surrey Life Food and Drink Awards 2017, Farnham Local Food won the category of Services to the Community. Our growers dressed up in their finest for the night, quite a difference from the usual muddy wellies and waterproofs! After inviting the public to submit nominations on who should win and why, each category was whittled down to three shortlisters. We were up against the Dorking Food Float and Ripley Farmer’s Market. A judge visited…Continue Reading “We won! Surrey Life Food and Drink Awards 2017”
Sunday 1st October, 10am-3pm West Farm, Tongham Road, Farnham, GU10 1PJ (please park at Packhouse and walk down the lane) As part of the national CSA Network UK Open Day 2017, we are opening our farm gates to the public for a fun filled family day out! – Come and meet our growers and volunteers – Take a tour of the vegetable fields and learn what we grow and how -Pick your own pumpkin in time for halloween – Kids farm trail – Kids crafts…Continue Reading “Farm Open Day- CSA Network UK”
Friday 25th August is the launch date for our new distribution scheme, Fresh Food Fridays. Sign up to collect your veg from 5pm every Friday at the Shepherd and Flock pub. To celebrate the launch we are hosting an evening of free local food and drink at the pub, come along and meet our growers and volunteers… or just catch up with your fellow members! More details here.
Thank you to everyone who nominated us for the Services to the Community category for the Surrey Life Food and Drink Awards 2017, we are finalists! We’re so proud to have made it this far, and it’s great recognition for our hard working growers and volunteers. The winner will be announced on 21st September, at the award ceremony. Fingers crossed!
Jute Shopping Bags from Farnham Local Food, featuring our new logo. These quality, stylish bags – measuring 39 x 35 x 15 cm (approx. 15″ x 13″ x 6″) – at only £5 are perfect for collecting your weekly share of veg. Get in touch to order; just let us know how many you’d like. We can bring your order to Cupsmith, for example.
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!"
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
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 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"
It’s that time of year again! Put the 5th June in your diary, clear some space in your garden and come along to Runfold with your friends. Click the image to download a printable PDF Farnham Local Food presents the Veg-Garden Summer Fete & Plant Sale Sunday 5th June 2016, 11am – 4pm Plants for sale Tea & cakes Live music Guided tours Family activities (No dogs on site please – we grow food!)
Yes, Jim the Polytunnel has moved to winter residence and is now back to it’s original location on the field. Here’s a short video of how we do it. We have to make sure that any crops in between where we are moving the tunnel from and where we are moving it to are no more than a foot high, otherwise they’ll get pushed over by the horizontal bracing and tow-bar. So this season we have a bed full of spinach, mooli and turnips that…Continue Reading “Moving Jim, our splendidly mobile polytunnel”
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"
We have been having great fun working with a team of volunteers from the National Citizen Service (NCS). They have been learning about what we do here in our fields, fundraising and coming up with some great ideas to promote eating healthily. Launching #SELFIEwithaveg. Thank you to them and the Surrey and Hants News for covering our search for new land to be able to continue this fantastic project on their front page this week.
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!
Happy new year! 2014 was a pretty fantastic year for us at FLF, but I’ve got a sneaky suspicion that 2015 is going to be much more exciting! And to launch us into the new year we have a new leaflet promoting the virtues of Farnham Local Food. Please have a read, and send it (or the link below to it) to all your friends and families, to help spread the good word and to see if any of them would like to benefit from…Continue Reading “New year, new flf leaflet to share”
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
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"
A funky opening track, and some interesting pieces. The section on FLF starts at 32:18. It’s All Good Radio speaks about Meat Free May, Forest Green Rovers & Farnham Grow A Grower Campaign by It’s All Good on Mixcloud The complete schedule: In the 2nd hour of It’s All Good Radio Show Debbie talks about pioneering football club Forest Green Rovers who are initiating sustainable practices throughout their ground (www.forestgreenroversfc.com). She then goes onto talk to Jannat Hossain from Young Friends of the Earth about…Continue Reading “It’s All Good Radio speaks about […] & Farnham Grow A Grower Campaign!”