Search

Diss Community Farm launches urgent appeal for new members

19:29 15 April 2012

Members of the Diss Community Farm project. L-R Gary Alexander, Angela Lamb holding Eleanor Lamb, Jeff Lamb holding Isabel Lamb, Erika Doerksen and Kris Doerksen.

Members of the Diss Community Farm project. L-R Gary Alexander, Angela Lamb holding Eleanor Lamb, Jeff Lamb holding Isabel Lamb, Erika Doerksen and Kris Doerksen.

Archant © 2011

A Norfolk community farm is urgently appealing for new members to join to help the popular food hub expand and pay for improved facilities.

The Diss community farm needs to find an extra £5,000 to pay for a new poly tunnel at its current base at Church Farm in Winfarthing and in the long term an extra 3.6 acre site at Friends Field, off Snow Street in Roydon.

To do so, the farm also needs to find new members on top of the existing 40 people who have already bought shares in the farm and is aiming for an extra 80 members.

Gary Alexander, the farm’s co-chairman, revealed the target at a meeting at St Mary’s Church Hall in Diss on Sunday to give an update on the farm’s progress and try to attract new members.

The aim of the scheme is to encourage self-sufficiency and sustainability so people no longer relied on the supermarkets for food and members who buy shares will then receive a certain amount of the produce, which is currently collected at Roydon Village Hall, but will soon be changing venue to the Diss Youth Resource Base in Shelfanger Road. Shares can be bought in livestock and vegetable projects and there are five pigs on the farm.

Mr Alexander said the co-operative farm had produced more food than the number of shares bought, in which case the food was carefully divided up between the membership.

He added the farm worked closely with other co-operatives at Stroud, Ipswich and Norwich and shares in the Diss project were roughly the same price as the cheapest shares in the Norwich scheme.

A series of social events for the Diss farm members are held throughout the year when they can enjoy food produced at the Winfarthing base.

Money raised from the extra membership will help to pay for facilities for the new Roydon farm including bore holes.

Mr Alexander said: “We are not in it to make money, but we do have to cover our costs and we are trying to pioneer a different food system. We are a co-operative for the benefit of the community.”

If you are interested in being part of Diss Community Farm then contact membership secretary Sue Pitt at dcfmembers@yahoo.co.uk. Alternatively, find out more by visiting www.disscommunityfarm.wordpress.com.

1 comment

  • Lovely to get a write up in the EDP. Just wanted to add that Diss Community Farm are looking at grants to fund a polytunnel. The cost of such equipment would be too much for members to cover with their vegshare payments. The veg at DCF is very reasonably priced, with current vegshares costing £4.60 per week from June 2012.

    Report this comment

    Angela Lamb

    Saturday, April 21, 2012

Other news

Eye Town Hall. 
Photo: Denise Bradley

The first Eye Folk Festival will be held on Saturday, September 19 in the north Suffolk town.

J D Wetherspoon wants to open a pub in Diss

A planning application by pub chain J D Wetherspoon to build a pub by the Mere has received the backing of town councillors. Diss Town Council’s planning committee has approved of the application for the new pub at King’s Head Yard, which has been submitted to South Norfolk Council.

Aiden Bloss at home in Stradbroke with mum Emma and sister Libby.

Starting high school may be seen as a routine event, but for one Suffolk boy it is an impressive milestone in a life that could have been very different.

08:33
Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn at Open, Norwich.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Labour party leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn is set to appear at commemorations to mark the longest running strike in British history.

Most Read

08:33
Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn at Open, Norwich.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Labour party leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn is set to appear at commemorations to mark the longest running strike in British history.

Read more
Jeremy Corbyn
J D Wetherspoon wants to open a pub in Diss

A planning application by pub chain J D Wetherspoon to build a pub by the Mere has received the backing of town councillors. Diss Town Council’s planning committee has approved of the application for the new pub at King’s Head Yard, which has been submitted to South Norfolk Council.

Read more
South Norfolk Council
Yesterday, 15:53
Jonny Cox and Amy O'Donnell who travelled from Oxford for the fete

A motley crew of pirates gathered together in the south Norfolk village of Gissing at the weekend.

Read more
Thursday, July 30, 2015
James Williams with the 100lb catfish caught in Diss Mere

It reads like a script from a cult 1950s B-movie. In the early hours of a Tuesday morning, just after sunrise, a lone fisherman got a bite.

Read more
Norwich
Yesterday, 15:58
New Buckenham fete in the village hall. . Photo : Steve Adams

Hundreds of residents of a Norfolk village did not let the bad weather ruin their annual day of fun activities and picking up bargains.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 11°C

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Diss Mercury e-edition today E-edition