Each year we grow over 15 tonnes of delicious organic fruit and vegetables, and these are available to the local community through our Vegetable Bag (Crop Share) scheme.
We have just one share size (£10 per week) which suits a household of approximately 1-3 adults or children – depending on how many vegetables you eat!
It’s a ‘Community Supported Agriculture’ (CSA) scheme. This means that more than signing up for a weekly vegetable bag, you are signing up to a share of our produce over a 12-month period. Essentially, you’re buying one of the 100 shares of our produce that we offer each year.
It’s an amazing and innovative scheme, with great food and a strong sense of community. We hold work days, Harvest festival events and other activities. Most of our Crop Share holders stay with us for years and feel part of Growing Well, and those that do leave often join us as Friends instead, so they can stay part of our community.
Before signing up, it’s important that you understand the difference between our scheme and others.
1. We only sell food that we grow on our site at Low Sizergh Farm.
However, it also means that it’s seasonal. It’s a windy hill in Cumbria, that isn’t going to be producing tomatoes in December. Click ‘What’s in the Bag’ to see what a ‘typical’ bag will look like through the year.
2. It’s organic.
However, it also means that we sometimes have rabbits and other pests that can decimate crops overnight. This results in a vegetable bag that is sometimes a surprise!
3.Your garden will (probably) look like our garden.
However, we don’t have heated polytunnels, and the soil is still Cumbrian. If you’re a keen gardener, you’re likely to be growing similar vegetables to us, at a similar time. Most of our produce is harvested between July and November, with fewer bags outside of this time. So, if you do grow at home, you might find that our Crop Share means that you’re overwhelmed in the summer months and it may not work for you and your family.
4. You need to collect.
5. It’s an annual commitment
However, to get the full value of your share, you need to stay for a full year. This is a commitment that you need to be aware of before signing up. If you do need to leave within the year, we would expect you to find someone to take over your share commitment.
6. Crop Share price promise.At Growing Well we promise that, over any 12 month period, the actual value of the produce we supply in our Crop Share bags is at least equal to the price we charge you for it.
We compare wholesale, retail and farm gate prices for organic produce to help us work out what to charge. We provide good quality organic produce, the price of which is based on what other organic producers are charging, along with information provided by the Soil Association.
Ready to join our Crop Share scheme?
If you like the sound of our scheme please call us on 07903 013648 to sign up.
We’ll take your first payment by debit or credit card, then take monthly payments for your share using the card details you provided. (These card details are not stored or even seen by us – we use a secure payment system called SagePay.)
We will let you know when your first bag will be ready for collection.