We currently have access to three sites where we grow our fruit and veg. They are all currently entirely run and tended by volunteers.
We would like to progress to a community supported agriculture (CSA) venture where we support a food producer both financially and practically.
The Cilcain site has over three acres of south facing slope with established hedges on three sides and a stream on the fourth.
The stream provides our water (and we hope to establish a watercress bed here), and there is a large area of moist ground where we are planning lots of fruit bushes including blueberries.
There is a beautiful collection of ancient broadleaf trees with plenty of space for woodland crafts, coppicing and managing woodland. We would like to build a shelter and a compost loo or a ‘tree bog’.
We have carved our garden from the bracken. It is 625m² and surrounded by a very fine fence and is now producing veg. We have also planted a willow coppice to supply stems for weaving and supports.
The site is a focus for our social activities, with festivals, recreation and learning opportunities.
Ffynnongroyw is a small site of three quarters of an acre located behind the village church. It is surrounded by a wide ditch to the north, a hedge to the east, buildings to the west and south. The proximity of the church hall is a bonus as tea and toilet facilities for members!
Although the plot is boggy in places and shaded by trees, there is considerable potential for chickens and bee-keeping for eggs and honey. The long term plan is to create a forest garden using the principles of permaculture. Additional ideas for the site have included a fish pond and children’s play and education area.
When the site was taken on it was covered with bramble scrub, hemp agrimony and poplar trees, but workdays have made the site productive and ready for further cultivation.
Our Hawarden site is situated within the orchard next to the Hawarden Farm Shop. It is approximately 600 sqm and is between a row of conference pear trees and the main apple orchard.
Please note the site is only open during farm shop opening hours and there are no dogs allowed on site. Members must ensure they park at the far end of the car park and ensure they have their membership cards with them.
FlintShare has recently become a ‘Friend’ of the Organic Holding connected to Glyndwr Universityat Northop. Here we hope to use a polytunnel to provide winter salads and summer tomatoes. We also tend and harvest the fruit bushes and orchard.