12:00 9 January 2022
A farm in Norwich that helps feed the community is in desperate need of new facilities to store and pack its vegetables.
Norwich Farmshare’s vision is to support and educate food systems in the region, enabling communities to become healthier and rooted in this country.
They hope to educate the region how its food is grown.
Unfortunately, the farm has lost between £ 250 and £ 500 worth of squash in recent weeks.
Joel Rodker, who is the farm manager, said: “One of the problems we face on the site is that we do not have any infrastructure on the site.
“This has resulted in us losing lots of squash and some garlic, there is no proper storage, so we have to improvise.
“That means the winter crop we trust is simply not there.”
He added: “It has been a bad year for squash in general, we had a wet autumn and we had a few early frosts so they are not growing as they should, which meant we were left with many who were too soft. ”
Norwich Farmshare hopes to be able to educate people about soft vegetables to promote less food waste.
Rodker said: “I hope in the future we would simply be able to cut the soft bite off and that people would be fine with understanding that with the soft part gone, the rest of the squash is completely in order. ”
With secure storage and packing space, the farm would be able to increase their profits to enable them to invest more in what they grow.
With the current storage, they have to spend any profits on buying organic vegetables to build members’ vegetable boxes.
Rodker said: “With adequate storage, we would have to buy a lot less.
“So if we were able to grow lots of squash, we could put it in vegetable bags, but because we lose it, we have to buy more, which means profits fall, so it’s hard for us.”
The farm is looking for a building to pack and / or store their crop, if you can help, please contact them via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To further support them, you can sign up for a membership that includes weekly or fortnightly vegetable boxes.