Plotgate CSA, like other Community Supported Agriculture projects all over the world, aims to be an exciting example of what a healthier food system can look like when communities come together to take back control of their food system.
We aim to produce the highest quality, hand-grown vegetables using methods that are truly sustainable, with a spirit of low-carbon innovation.
using agroecological principles to produce food that is fresh, seasonal, local and naturally grown. We harvest most veg on the same day that we distribute it to our customers, and you can taste the freshness. We can only manage this because we are small-scale and local. We only grow what is in season, so we don’t artificially heat growing spaces or waste carbon on transport or big machinery. We never use synthetic chemicals or fertilizers on our veg, the soil or anywhere on site. Growing for our members means we have a stable and predictable income and our members get great veg, straight from the fields.
How our food is grown defines our relationship with the natural world.
Connecting folk through food and farm, visits and volunteering.
Coming together to grow, eat and cook and learn. The more we share, the deeper our connections and our resilience, the more harmonious the world that we create. Food brings folk together and we like nothing better than cooking up a fine feast for our members, and the wider local community.
Working with nature to nurture our ecology
Conventional agriculture often has a pretty brutal and abusive relationship with the natural world. The greatest joy we find at Plotgate, is witnessing the year on year increase in the creatures that choose to share our site. We believe that enhancing biodiversity alongside food production ensures a more resilient ecosystem that is better able to adapt to changes and survive adversity. We need all the plants, insects, mammals and microbes (not just the ones we can eat).
At Plotgate, we are carefully monitoring our butterfly populations on a weekly transect walk. We also conduct annual flora, fauna, soil and worm surveys to check on the health of things. In 2018, we are running a summer programme aimed at nurturing and recording the wildlife on site – Plotlife.
Healthy soil, means healthy plants, means healthy ecology, means healthy food, means healthy humans.