Rushmere St Andrew: Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm opens gates to public
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A low carbon farm near Ipswich where more than 50 households produce their own food is opening its gates to the public.
Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm at Rushmere-St-Andrew will be holding its annual guided farm tour on Saturday, September 27, at 2pm.
The tour is open to all and costs a £5 minimum donation per adult payable in cash on the day. Up to two children may accompany each adult free of charge. Wood-fired tea or coffee and biscuits are included.
The farm is home to Suffolk’s first Community Supported Agriculture Scheme, where more than 50 local households get involved in producing their own food, sharing the risks and rewards of farming.
It will be inviting new members to sign up for a veg share box from June 2015 after the tour. Only limited membership places for vegetable share boxes are available, which will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) first developed in the USA and Japan, and is now spreading fast in the UK, The Oak Tree CSA was one of the first schemes in the UK when it began four years ago, and has been thriving and growing ever since.
Visitors will see vegetable beds, orchard, rare breed pigs, chickens, geese, Jersey beef cattle, wood fired clay oven and cutting flowers. Sturdy waterproof footwear and warm clothing is recommended.
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The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm is a not-for-profit social enterprise which offers naturally grown vegetables, eggs, meat and flowers to its members. The aim of the farm is to supply good, nutritious food to farm members while being both financially viable and environmentally sustainable.
For directions and more details about the tour, visit www.the-oak-tree.co.uk.