The community farm is a small holding owned by the National Trust and run as a social enterprise, Industrial Provident Society formed in 2011 (for the benefit of the community) by member volunteers and non member volunteers. It has 32 acres of high grade level land with 3 agricultural buildings for tool storage, meetings and livestock feed. It shares a boundary with Clyst Vale Community College and is situated 1 mile from Cranbrook and 2 miles from the edge of Exeter.
Members and volunteers at the farm come from a wide range of special interest and backgrounds and we learn and socialise together while working to grow food and improve the natural environment on the farm
The Farm Aims
Improve community health through the provision of high quality affordable food, community recreation areas and horticultural opportunities.
To enable members of the community, especially those who are disadvantaged, to grow their own food by providing them with
- Land - Shared expertise - Co-operative work - Shared equipment
To educate and provide work experience for community members including those with additional needs through training, participation and observation of environmentally sustainable land management and farming practice.
To develop community cohesion through co-operative activity and community social events
What kind of activities can I do at the farm?
We always have a long list of jobs to do. They vary in duration, complexity and required skills - hopefully there's something for every interest. Here's a taster:
Preparing beds for sowing; planning bed rotation
Harvesting; secessional sowing; selling produce
Tree pruning and mulching
Developing new soft fruit area
Compost management; making compost tea; producing biochar
Learn about general care for various livestock, e.g. pigs
Electric fencing; moving animals; paddock maintenance
Holiday cover for feeding/watering
Create/maintain bird feeders
Soil & grass sampling
Create/maintain havens for insects/small vertebrates
Develop/maintain sensory/water garden
Erect new polytunnel
Move greenhouse to new site
Install new electric sockets in workshop
Extend existing irrigation system
Build raised beds/planters
Build hydroponic/aquaponic/quackponic system