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.
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 and lots of people, is naturally grown and is delivered through a system that minimises waste (i.e. to subscribing members via veg share boxes), 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. The veg gardens are hand cultivated, with minimal soil disturbance and we use our small family of pigs to prepare new ground.
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.
Saturdays 10-1pm from The Bridge Bakery and Canteen, Langport.
Delivery of veg…
We also offer delivery on Monday evenings 4-6.30pm in Barton, Baltonsborough, West Bradley, West Pennard, Glastonbury, Street and surrounding villages.
Saturdays- delivery is available 9-10am in Keinton Mandeville, Kingweston, Kingsdon, The Charltons, Somerton, and Langport as we are en-route to the Bridge collection point in Langport.
How much does it cost?
We are a members’ organisation and we need to know who we are growing for, so we ask for a minimum intended commitment of 6 months, after your initial trial. Monthly subscriptions are:
Standard, weekly box: £54 pcm (£60.50 delivered)
Standard, fortnightly box: £27 pcm (£30.25 delivered)
Small weekly box: £41.00 pcm (£47.50 delivered)
Small fortnightly box: £20.50 pcm (£23.75 delivered)
We also offer a 6-month subscription as a one off payment 1st Oct-1st April/ 1st April-1st Oct:
Standard, weekly box: £290 + £39 delivery
Standard, fortnightly box: £145 +£19.50 delivery
Small weekly box: £220 +£39 delivery
Small fortnightly box: £110 + £19.50 delivery
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 wanting a regular commitment- on a weekly or fortnightly basis. We like folk to do a full morning r afternoon’s work so that you can get stuck into the tasks. Occasional volunteers are also welcome but please let us know you are coming.
For any other queries, please Contact Us.