Food and Farming

Food and farming

Learning more about food consumption and cultivation

Learning from the land

We hope the resources provided here give you a hunger to learn more about where it is your food is coming from, and to choose and live more consciously.  However if you want to learn more hands on we have a friendly knowledgeable team here at The Fold that enjoy sharing our skills and talking with those that are keen to develop their own – Look out for our open farm events or sign-up as a volunteer. If you have any specific questions regarding organic farming and the methods we use email farm@thefold.org.uk and we will help as best we can.

Organic farming – Soil Association

Organic farming has many benefits beyond it’s usual known benefit of being a high quality of food to eat which include (but is not limited to):

If you want to make sure that the food that you eat or the products you buy are organic certified then look out for the Soil Association logo. They regularly inspect and test the conditions of the land and animals to ensure that they are keeping to the correct standards.
https://www.soilassociation.org

 

Community Supported Agriculture

https://communitysupportedagriculture.org.uk
Community supported agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between farmers and consumers in which the responsibilities, risks and rewards of farming are shared. The aim of the initiative is to provide farmers with a more stable and secure income, and connect them with their local community. In return the community benefits from eating fresh, healthy and local food, feeling more connecting with the land and learning new skills.

The Fold Farm offers a producer led form of community supported agriculture through our subscription veg boxes, which include community events and farm open days and through the volunteering scheme we run on-site.

 

Permaculture

 https://www.permaculture.org.uk
The word ‘permaculture’ comes originally from ‘permanent agriculture‘ and ‘permanent culture‘ – it is about living lightly on the planet, and making sure that we can sustain human activities for many generations to come, in harmony with nature.

Although it does have basis in land and agriculture it is about a holistic wider approach to living and can be applied to every aspect of one’s life. It has three ethics at its core: earth care, people care, and fair shares. Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature. It encourages a connected approach.

 

Biodynamic Agriculture

https://www.biodynamic.org.uk
Biodynamic farming is the ‘Green’ forerunner to organic farming, having been founded in 1924 by philosopher Rudolf Steiner. The main difference between biodynamic and organic is that biodynamic farming takes a more holistic approach and includes both metaphysical and spiritual roots.

The focus is not on maximum production, but instead on maximising health and vitality, balancing the needs of growing and farming with the needs of nature. In biodynamic farming agriculture is a sacred endeavour, and the foundation for all our well-being.

 

The Fold Farm

Learn more about The Fold Farm and the team that run it.

lEARN MORE THROUGH VOLUNTEERING

Find out more about the volunteering schemes we run at The Fold and how you can get involved.

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