LOG HOME FARM
Organic free-range eggs.
Alex & Mark Cooper have farmed organically at Log
Home Farm in Solihull since 2005. Their Black Rock Hens have
an extensive free range area all year round to allow natural behaviour
and ensure quality eggs.
Honey, jams & chutneys
Run by Chris Atkins, Honey Blossom Farm is the home of Fosse
Way Honey and Beeswax Products. They are based in the Northern
Cotswolds and tend over 300 beehives around farms in the area.
Fosse Way Honey contains a diverse range of nectar due to the
mixture of woodlands, farmlands and garden plants used for forage.
They use sustainable practices to protect the bee's wellfair and
fully utilise all the hive products.
Organic fruit and vegetables
Paul Chapman has a background of landscape gardening. He had
the opportunity to buy some land (which has a wonderful woodland
included). He is committed to organic food and started his small
holding to supply himself and his neighbours with good organic
fruit and vegetables. Luckily for us he grows enough to also supply
our shop. Pual's salad bags are very tasty and have a good mixture
of leaves in them. His strawberries are absolutely divine. Incidentally,
Paul has the oldest willow tree in Warwickshire on his land.
CANALSIDE COMMUNITY FARM
Community Food is run by a small, committed group and the
core members have been meeting since the summer of 2005. Canalside’s
members are wide-ranging in their interests and specialisms, which
range from farming to organic research, and they all share a strong
commitment to local food and community empowerment. For those
who might be interested in becoming more involved with Canalside,
below is a brief profile of some of the Canalside team.
Tom and Caz Ingall. Living on the farm has allowed them both
to reconnect with their roots, and they have become more deeply
involved in the farming way of life. Tom and Caz’s concerns
with environmental issues and local food production meant that
they feel it was their responsibility to use their land for the
greater environmental and social good, which led to the creation
of Canalside Community Food. Tom is a part-time grower for the
Ali Jeffery returned from voluntary work in Pakistan. She
began by growing veg on the roof of her houseboat, then became
involved with Canalside. Ali was a workshare on the project for
two years. She is involved in Canalside’s nascent schools’
project, and is looking forward to teaching local schoolchildren
about the benefits of organic, local produce. Ali is the General
Administrator for the project.
Fiona Cottrell took over the CSA accounts in October 2009. In
addition to her work with Canalside, she is also a Finance Officer
for an international human rights charity, based in Moreton-in-Marsh.
She has been involved with CSA for some time now, along with Gareth
Davies (one of Canalside's founding members).
WESTS OF WELLESBOURNE
Wests are a fantastic local bakery based in Wellesbourne, selling
bread through their own shop, and distributing to a number of
businesses in the region, including GAIA.
Wests Bakery is a family-owned business, currently run by fourth
generation baker Mark Lane, whose great-grandfather bought the
bakery premises at 14 Warwick Road, Wellesbourne on 27 August
1910. One Hundred years and four generations later, Wests Bakery
continues to specialise in producing traditional artisan breads,
delicious pastries, confectionary and savoury baked goods.
All of Wests Bakery products are made fresh daily on site from
scratch, using untreated flour which is sourced from two local
millers, Matthew’s in Shipton-under-Wychwood in the Cotswolds
and Clark’s of Wantage, Oxfordshire. Modern baking machinery
is used together with traditional methods of fermentation to make
the freshest of breads and pastries. In keeping with the tradition
of the bakery and the spirit of this age, Mark also has a commitment
to using as little plastic packaging as possible in preparing
and presenting his product. Instead, Mark uses locally sourced
recyclable paper packaging to keep his produce as fresh as possible,
and bakes daily.
Local Suppliers in a larger map
- in Melton Mowbray are a nation-wide distributors
of organic vegetables and fruit grown both in the UK and abroad.
They also supply us with
organic bread three times a week and with organic milk.
- the UK's largest independent wholesaler and distributor of
quality vegetarian, fairly traded, organic and natural foods.
Suma is a worker’s co-op that follows similar principles
of sustainability and social justice to us.
- a large ethical wholefood supplier in Daventry, stocking frozen