Gibside Community Farm started as a co-op in 2013. We have been building slowly since then. We have achieved
- created 3 fertile veg plots in the walled garden from a car park
- Designed the field to create 9 market garden plots and 7 field rotational plots
- created an orchard
- refurbished a 60 year old Ferguson tractor (with a lot of help from the Ferguson Club)
- distributed veg to members and a local foodbank
- sold veg at farmer’s markets and on display stands in Gibside
- sold veg to local veg box schemes (Abundant Earth and The Paddock)
- employed 2 contract growers for one day a week each for some of the year (with funding from Bright Ideas)
This year we are
- planting a shelterbelt and agroforestry alleyways (with funding from the Woodland Trust)
- starting a veg cropshare for 36 weeks, starting in July 2018
- growing in 7 of the market garden plots and 1 of the field plots
- putting a container and portacabin on the field (with funding from Awards for All)
- continuing to employ contract growers for some of the busy times
- continue to sell at farmers markets
- continue to sell to other local veg box schemes.
Soon we hope to
- employ growers for longer
- buy some polytunnels
- provide cropshares for longer than 36 weeks
Join us to help create this vision!
As a member co-op, all members can influence the direction of the co-op by attending our general meetings. These are currently held monthly. We also have sub groups to do the detailed planning work and all members are welcome to join these groups. These are:
- Growers group which decides on what to grow and where.
- Funding group which applies for funding support.
- Management and finance which oversees the co-op and its finances.