Read on to learn about how this exciting project is:
* Reducing food miles and packaging waste by producing local food for local people
* Providing volunteering and training opportunities in farming and rural crafts
* Maintaining biodiversity through management of the Wye National Nature Reserve
* Promoting awareness on food, farming and the natural world through farm walks, open days and school visits
* Creating employment in agriculture and allied industries
The story so far
The Wye Community Farm (WCF) initiative was launched in 2007, in response to the loss of agricultural teaching at Wye College. Owned and run by its members, WCF is demonstrating important new ways for the public to reconnect with where their food comes from and how the countryside is managed.
In spring 2008 WCF entered into an agreement with Natural England to manage part of the Wye National Nature Reserve. In grazing the NNR, WCF livestock are playing a crucial role in maintaining the chalk grassland upon which rare and endangered species such as the Black Veined Moth and Lady Orchid depend.
Today WCF farms around 120 acres, mainly on the Wye NNR but also on behalf of several local landowners with small areas not suited to large scale agriculture. Our main enterprises are meat boxes (beef, pork and lamb), woodland products (firewood, charcoal) and preserves made from home grown produce (pickled onions, raspberry jam).
Twice weekly work parties (every weds and sat) are attended by a wide range of volunteers, in addition to which we have a strong working relationship with the Probation Service whereby people carry out their Community Payback hours with WCF.
Ways to become involved
Become a part owner of the Wye Community Farm: See the Membership page for details of how you can become a shareholder in the WCF.
Get your hands dirty! Join our volunteer sessions to make new friends, learn new skills and produce the food you eat.
Patron: Amanda Cottrell
The Wye Community Farm is grateful for financial support from the
Kent Downs AONB Unit, The Co-operative group (CWS) Ltd, Grassroots Grants, Kent Community Foundation and SITA Trust.