In August 2018 we were granted temporary permission by Wealden District Council to create three affordable small farms for new entrant farmers on our site 'Martinsfield' in East Sussex - a 18.5 acre field in the village of Arlington.
Two of these plots have now allocated with ELC stewards SInead & Adam and Chris & Emily creating Aweside Farm and Fanfield Farm. Aweside Farm focused on edible flowers, heritage veg and perennial herbs and fruit for the restaurant and wholesale trade whilst Fanfield Farm has set up a veg box scheme to supply local households with annual vegetables.
Find out more on our 'meet the farmers' page.
If you'd like to review our planning application process with all supporting documents then all the information can be viewed from this page.
I have worked for over five years with the Ecological Land Cooperative, supporting their initial project and collaborating with them on various working groups, initiatives and events to encourage low impact, agro-ecological farming, opportunities for new entrants to farming and access to land and rural housing issues. They are an innovative and proactive organisation that is pioneering new ways of addressing some of the most challenging issues facing the development of better food and farming in the UK.
Rachel Harries, Soil Association