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Growing Programme

Our Seasonal Growing Programme is being supported by the Big Society Fund, Essex which has generously provided funds for the two polytunnels and associated facilities.

We are growing as much as possible of the produce required for the Café so that we can really earn the 'local' label, help to reduce food miles and ensure that our menus are seasonal and fresh.

Collaboration is being explored with various agencies, including Essex Council's Skills Unit, in order to establish the programme as a viable option for training and work experience placements. In particular, we hope to support young people, who may lack the relevant qualifications, to gain entry to Writtle College.

The Co-operative is fortunate in having a wealth of horticultural knowledge and expertise within our group.

Ken Wooding has been farming in the village since 1976 and is an enthusiastic supporter of community enterprise. He is a hands-on volunteer for the allotments association, as well as ensuring sufficient funding for the allotments project through his role as Chairman of Little Canfield Parish Council.

Ken is a keen advocate of organic farming and has kindly offered to share his knowledge with young people who have an interest in horticulture:

"The Local Food (& More!) Initiative is a great opportunity for people to learn about different aspects of growing food - as well as related subjects like land use and management, bio-diversity and wildlife. We all share a responsibility to pass on our experience to the younger generation."

Ken Wooding