A vision to increase supply of local veg: a Lancaster case study
Hosted by LESS and FoodFutures
A few years ago, the question was asked ‘if a large local institution wanted to procure local food, what could be supplied?’.
This led to a series of actions to explore the demand, supply and distribution issues for locally grown fruit and veg.
Following a feasibility study, The Plot was set up as a new organic market garden supplying local organic veg and home of a new FarmStart training scheme. This session will cover:
- our journey – challenges, opportunities and learning from year one
- the FarmStart training scheme
- next steps in realising a wider vision
Tamsin Ogle – Tamsin is the lead grower at the Plot. Tamsin first got into growing in Australia volunteering on organic smallholdings through the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms organisation. After she returned to the UK, she spent a further year volunteering on a number of farms and smallholdings, and fell for the outdoor life and the fresh crunch of food eaten straight from the garden. In 2014, Tamsin took up a position at Primrose Farm in Wales. Working on this 1.75 acre mixed farm for 6 years, Tamsin latterly ran the growing business in partnership with a friend. She used the no-dig method as much as possible (often battling with couch grass) on permanent beds without machinery.
Lucy Axton – Lucy is a current FarmStart trainee at the Plot. Originally from Cambridge, her experience spam organic growing, plant breeding, primary school teaching and being a librarian. You can read more about her here.
Ellen Pearce – Ellen is the coordinator for the Plot, FarmStart and the FoodFriends fundraising scheme. She has a background in non-profit management, community sports and career development. She also coordinates the Northern Real Farming Conference.