Local businesses try their hand at farming with new Adopt-a-crop scheme

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Businesses in the Bath and Bristol area have been taking a fresh approach to team building and community involvement with a brand new scheme called Adopt-a-crop. The Community Farm, which is a social enterprise, launched Adopt-a-crop to raise funds towards its outreach work. You can see a full breakdown of the scheme here.

The Community Farm

Each business selects a crop to sponsor and receives regular updates on its progress. With Adopt-a-crop, staff can step out of their normal working environment for a group away-day tending the crops at the farm. They can eat freshly-harvested food in the farm’s yurt and have a mini farmer’s market brought into the workplace. There is even an opportunity to nominate a school to visit the farm for a full day of learning and fun.

The first businesses to sign up to Adopt-a-crop include Better Food, Pukka and Umberslade. Katie Riddle, customer assistant at Better Food talked about how much she enjoyed the company’s day at the farm:
“It was brilliant … it felt like a really nourishing experience for our team.”

Imogen Dow, coordinator at Go Green, said:
“Businesses in the South West are placing increasing importance on corporate social responsibility and are demonstrating time and again the power of local organisations to do good in the community. Schemes such as Adopt-a-crop from The Community Farm are in tune with the needs of local businesses to develop their staff in a way that supports sustainable practice in the region at a grassroots level.”

Jointly owned by hundreds of local people, The Community Farm provides activities to encourage children, adults and vulnerable people to reconnect with the land and gain a better understanding of where their food comes from.

The money raised through Adopt-a-crop will go towards developing the farm and its outreach work and nurturing a safe and accessible environment in which people from all walks of life can be welcomed on to the land.

Find out more about Adopt-a-crop www.thecommunityfarm.co.uk/adoptacrop or email adoptacrop@thecommunityfarm.co.uk