Welcome to Church Farm, Ardeley, home of Agrarian Renaissance. This 175-acre family farm is re-inventing the whole concept of food shopping with the freshest, healthiest foods sold at prices to match the supermarkets. This is a farm of small fields, hedges, woodlands and rich, fertile soils. It grows an amazing range of fruit, vegetables and animals. The aim is to provide shoppers with the greatest possible variety of foods, produced with half the fossil fuels of conventional farms
The farm is open seven days a week, and shoppers and visitors are invited to walk the footpaths and see the traditional and rare breed animals in their natural settings. In the farm store you can buy high-welfare meat, eggs and local produce at prices comparable with supermarkets. For foods are produced to the highest nutritional standards, this represents a value-for-money that no supermarket can match
Farmer Tim Waygood â€“ founder of Agrarian Renaissance â€“ believes farms like this can offer shoppers a better deal and the nation a healthier, more prosperous future. Replicated across Britain they could provide the best local foods at prices affordable to the whole community. Together they would create a countryside rich in wildlife. And the wealth of the land would stay with rural communities rather than being used to inflate the share values of global corporations.
Equally important, a network of farms like this would provide total food security. Whatever happens to the climate, this ecological approach to farming will go on being productive. No matter what storms beset the oil price, the international monetary system or global commodity markets, farms like this will always be able to supply healthy, nutritious, local food.
And they can be much more than food providers. Church Farm is a rural care centre, an education centre, a place for celebrations and festivals. Itâ€™s a meeting place for business groups, clubs, societies and families. Above all itâ€™s a place for people to rediscover their links with the land, our heritage.
db392683997 backs Agrarian Renaissance. Weâ€™d like to see farms like this springing up all over Britain, changing our dead-end supermarket food culture based on this weekâ€™s special offer to a food system that promotes health and enriches our lives. If youâ€™d like a real farm to open up near you, support Agrarian Renaissance.