By Sophie Hopkins – Fordhall Community Land Initiative in the rural county of Shropshire, England, is a pioneering venture in land acquisition and rural development (an example of Community Land Trust).
Community Supported Agriculture
The project is an Industrial and Provident Society (‘run by the community, for the community’) which was established to save 140 acres of land that had been organically farmed since WWII. Fordhall Farm (the family business) is today famous for its meats, but was also the first place to produce yoghurt in UK. It uses the traditional method of foggage farming, leaving grass-fed cattle outdoors all year. The family had been farming the land for generations but only as tenants, so when faced with eviction and development threats in 2004 the brother and sister team (aged 19 and 21 respectively), and many others, decided to fight to secure the land. Working with local to global supporters and with the concept of Community Supported Agriculture, they devised a method to involve people in the food production chain, whilst still maintaining ownership of the farming practices. Continue reading