Plotgate CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a Community Benefit Society offering weekly or fortnightly, seasonal vegetable boxes to its subscribing members, as well as encouraging participation, feasting, skill building and a deepening awareness of food growing and ecological approaches to agriculture. Membership is also available to people who do not have regular veg boxes- please see the membership page for more information about how to be involved.
Come and get involved! Having access to a farm and knowing exactly where your food is coming from is, we believe, a rare and wonderful thing!
We aim to produce truly sustainable food that is local, freshly harvested, is grown with low carbon inputs, is naturally grown and is delivered through a system that minimises waste (i.e. to subscribing members via veg share boxes), and encourages participation and resilience. It’s very simple really…
The backbone of Plotgate Community Farm is the supply of regular veg boxes (harvest shares) provided to subscribing members.
What’s in the harvest share boxes?
Most simply, a wonderful, seasonal share of our harvest! We try to maintain this at a minimum of 8 different items each week, and during the winter months we do currently buy in additional veg from Organic certified, Somerset farms, to supplement our stores. In the summer months, you will experience the seasonal gluts with us and veg shares become more abundant. Our aspiration is to grow everything on our farm. We monitor the boxes and try to keep them as varied as possible, but when something needs to be picked, it goes into the shares! We offer a “swaps box” at collection points so you can exchange unwanted veg.
How are the vegetables grown?
We do not use chemical fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides or anything of a nasty nature, and we use either Organic certified or locally sourced inputs (seeds, manure etc.) Our gates are open and we are always happy to discuss production with people, aiming to be as transparent as possible.
How do I get the veg?
You can opt to pick up your veg each week from one of our hubs, or we can arrange for delivery. Collection has the advantage of allowing you to swap items if you would prefer something else from our “swaps box” and its more sociable! We charge an additional £1 per box for delivery.
Collecting my veg from a veg hub…
Mondays 3.30-6.30pm Hundred Monkeys Cafe, High Street Glastonbury.
Fridays 4-7pm from the Barton Inn, Barton St David.
We are looking to establish new hubs locally in spring 2018.
Delivery of veg…
We also offer delivery on Monday evenings 6.00-8.00pm available in the Butleigh, Street, Glastonbury, West Pennard and Baltonsborough area.
Saturdays- delivery is available 9-10am in Keinton Mandeville, Kingweston, Somerton, Kingsdon, The Charltons and the surrounding area.
How much does it cost?
Our standard share works out at £12 per week, or £13 delivered. Small shares are £9 per week or £10 delivered. We are a members’ organisation and we need to know who we are growing for, so we ask for a minimum commitment of 6 months, after your initial trial. Setting up a standing order for each calendar month makes payments simple. This works out as:
Standard, weekly box: £51.60 pcm (£56.30 delivered)
Standard, fortnightly box: £25.80 pcm (£28.15 delivered)
Small weekly box: £39.00 pcm (£43.30 delivered)
Small fortnightly box: £19.50 pcm (£21.60 delivered)
Can I Volunteer?
Yes! We currently have 6 regular volunteers who help out on the farm. As a “thank you”, we offer them some veg to take home. This works well for people who are looking to work with us on a weekly or fortnightly basis. We like folk to do a full morning or afternoon’s work so that you can get stuck into the tasks. We also have a “Plotagation Gang” ; a group of irregular volunteers who are interested in learning and helping with the plant raising and propagation tasks. Sessions are arranged on an ad hoc basis.
For any other queries, please Contact Us.