Family Farming Knowledge Platform

Farmeco Community Care FCC

Type of Organization: Cooperative
Areas of work: Agroecology, Education
Region: Europe and Central Asia
Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Farmeco seeks to reconnect people to land and environment by being a hub around which seasonal activities and celebrations for the community can focus on. It acts as an opportunity for people to interact with rural farming life by demonstrating the abundant, diverse and non-chemical edible woodland food production which is nutritious and therefore beneficial to health and personal well-being. By using permaculture principles, the system grows to be self-sustaining, increasing soil fertility, requiring low maintenance while producing a diverse range of outputs. We are working on becoming a high-profile project that has the potential to raise the status of Farmeco nationally as it will form part of a network of community owned and run farms, thereby facilitating exchange visits and eco-tourism. Farmeco is carrying on the following activities: Regeneration project – The cooperative strives to provide an opportunity for multicultural communities to interact with rural farming life. The “Farming Regeneration Programme” will offer multiple short courses teaching attendees a wide range of skills ranging from planting through maintenance to propagation, managing a woodland, plant husbandry, agroforestry, pruning, juice, wine and cider making and marketing. Other courses will include cultivating, processing and selling fruit products, confidence building all aimed at giving the attendees increased opportunities of sustainable employment. These will be coupled with a wide range of countryside and social skills and provision of opportunities for volunteering and hands on experience, thereby improving social cohesion and extending the provision to the hard to-reach groups; Market days – The Farmeco Market Day is a community farmers-style market for independent local farmers and artisanal food producers. At the Market customers can do weekly food shopping (veg, fruit, bread, honey, etc.), try out some delicious cooked and raw foods and be inspired about helping to build an alternative food system. Customers can enjoy a selection of vendors offering a range of gift, craft and art products as well as some great local produce and quality food offerings from independent and artisan local suppliers; Open Farm Sunday – Farmeco will open their gates, along with hundreds of farms all over the country, for LEAF Open Farm Sunday 2019. As the farming industry’s annual open day, it offers a fantastic chance for people to discover real farming at first hand and see for themselves how their food (and much more besides) is produced.