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nfNorwich FarmShare is a community supported agriculture scheme providing delicious seasonal, organic vegetables to their members at a weekly Hub in Norwich. Their vision is for a fair and sustainable food system that roots a healthy resilient community in the land and to each other.

A not-for-profit cooperative it works with small-scale, agro-ecological farmers and growers in Norfolk, modelling sustainable urban food supply. In October 2015, Norwich FarmShare received notice to quit their growing site to the east of Norwich, the land had been leased for five years from a local farm.

The Trustees decided to commission a feasibility study to consider other potential growing sites in Norfolk and the potential for restarting the scheme at a new site. A grant was received from The Big Lottery’s Awards For All programme to appoint an assessment team and external consultants, and fund relevant research and local consultation. The study commenced in June 2016 and is nearing completion.

captureThe Group now want to further consult on the feasibility study and are holding a community gathering on Sunday 11th December, between 3pm and 6pm at the Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich.

Further information: Norwich Farm Share

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Tips for community gardening:

• Join with like-minded neighbours who’ll commit time to the project and keep the momentum going.

• Start off small – sharing a few packets of seeds and swapping a bit of growing advice.

• Don’t be afraid to knock on doors – there’s a real appetite to grow vegetables and to get to know those who live around you.

• Funding is important. Look online for national awarding bodies for community projects. Approach local businesses for sponsorship, and seed companies for free or discounted seeds.

• Record your activities to demonstrate to funders and others how great your project is. And start a blog: mytinyplot.com/build-a-blog/ has a great “build your own blog” tutorial.

• Grow what you love to eat. With space (and time) at a premium, plump for fruit and veg you’ll find truly delicious.

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