Local businesses try their hand at farming with new Adopt-a-crop scheme
17th November 2016
Businesses in the Bath and Bristol area have been taking a fresh approach to team building and community involvement with a brand new scheme called Adopt-a-crop.
The Community Farm, which is a social enterprise and long-standing member of Bristol Green Capital Partnership launched Adopt-a-crop to raise funds towards its outreach work. The Community Farm grows and sells locally-sourced and organic food through a box delivery service and provides volunteering and learning experiences for local people and in 2016 the farm won Box Scheme of the Year in the prestigious Soil Association BOOM Awards. A main aim of The Community Farm is to create opportunities for people to spend time on the land, experience food growing and learn more about sustainable farming. The farm is open to volunteers on week days and runs Community Farmer Days on selected Saturdays throughout the year with a minibus provided from Bristol - most recently introducing new audiences to the farm as part of Bristol Green Capital Partnership's Healthy City Week and promoting health and wellbeing benefits of enaging with nature.
With the new Adopt-a-crop scheme, each business selects a crop to sponsor and receives regular updates on its progress. Staff can step out of their normal working environment for a group away-day tending the crops at the farm. They can eat freshly-harvested food in the farm’s yurt and have a mini farmer’s market brought into the workplace. There is even an opportunity to nominate a school to visit the farm for a full day of learning and fun.
The first businesses to sign up to Adopt-a-crop include Better Food, Pukka and Umberslade. Katie Riddle, customer assistant at Better Food talked about how much she enjoyed the company’s day at the farm: “It was brilliant … it felt like a really nourishing experience for our team.”
Imogen Dow, coordinator at Go Green, said:“Businesses in the South West are placing increasing importance on corporate social responsibility and are demonstrating time and again the power of local organisations to do good in the community. Schemes such as Adopt-a-crop from The Community Farm are in tune with the needs of local businesses to develop their staff in a way that supports sustainable practice in the region at a grassroots level.”
Jointly owned by hundreds of local people, The Community Farm provides activities to encourage children, adults and vulnerable people to reconnect with the land and gain a better understanding of where their food comes from.
The money raised through Adopt-a-crop will go towards developing the farm and its outreach work and nurturing a safe and accessible environment in which people from all walks of life can be welcomed on to the land.