The Community Farm
What to buy at Better Food: Nearly all of our fresh fruit and vegetables are supplied by The Community Farm, and as much as possible is grown in their own fields.
The Community Farm was conceived in 2009, when a group that included our own founder Phil Haughton, saw a need to get local food into Bristol whilst providing a way for people in and around the city to reconnect with the land and their food. Today, not only does The Farm provide fantastic organic vegetables from their own fields, but it also acts as an important route to market for other local organic farmers who use The Farm as a hub to distribute produce to retailers like us and through their veg box scheme. The Farm welcomes thousands of people on to their land each year to discover nature friendly farming for themselves through their volunteering scheme.
Mission and values: As well as reconnecting people from all walks of life with the food on their plates, The Farm aims to tell the true story of what it means to be a small-scale farmer, farming in an agro-ecological way. The Farm is a not-for-profit community benefit society (CBS) and is community owned, meaning over 500 people from the local area and beyond have put their money and goodwill into the farm through buying community shares.
Location: Chew Magna, BS40 (6.6 miles to Better Food)
Certifications: The farm and all the produce they supply is Organic Certified.
We love them because… they’re the beating heart of our business and the true keepers of the local organic vegetable trade, providing a route to market for dozens of growers in the West Country and keeping our shelves stocked with the very best of the region’s fresh produce. Their volunteer programme opens doors for thousands of people each year, including recent work with the Bristol Drugs Project and The Prince’s Trust