Food

Applewood Permaculture

Applewood is a 20 acre smallholding as well as a training centre. There are various teaching and course spaces, from heated yurt and barn space to outdoor marquee and open air.

Applewood run a wide range of courses here, mainly focused on either Permaculture or the Cultural Emergence pathways (see website for more info).

The essence of each of their courses is empowerment, so that each person is able to bring their own unique set of skills and life experience to enrich the learning environment.”

Arkstone Mill

Arkstone Mill are organic growers licensed with the Soil Association. They supply boxes of organic vegetables, fruit and eggs to Hereford and surrounding villages, including the Golden Valley, delivered to your door.

If you order a box at least £15 in value, you can select the contents of your box via email. For all box sizes they will exclude any vegetables that you don’t like, or grow for yourself. See website for how to order and further information.

Their box scheme has been running for over 15 years and is an economical way of buying organic produce while cutting down on the food miles. They grow over 70 varieties of vegetables on a smallholding in Kingstone, and all bought in produce is certified organic.

Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE)

CFE helps farming businesses, by signposting to best practice in soil management, crop nutrition and pesticide use.
CFE helps farmers support the natural environment, whilst farming productively.
CFE gives farmers the opportunity to demonstrate their ‘green credentials’ to the rest of the industry and the general public
CFE is a partnership approach, supported by organisations engaged in agriculture and the environment and voluntary industry-led initiatives.

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Catchment Sensitive Farming

Part of Natural England, Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) raises awareness of diffuse pollution from agriculture by giving free farm visits, training and advice to farmers in selected areas in England. The aim of the advice is to improve the environmental performance of farms.

Advice is only available in high priority areas for water quality.

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Colwall Orchard Group
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Colwall Orchard Group owns and manages Colwall Village Garden where they have created a community orchard. Colwall Village Garden also includes 58 allotments of varying sizes, which are leased to and managed by Colwall Allotment Association.

CPRE Mapping Local Food Webs Toolkit

Mapping your local “food web” – the connections between producers, retailers and consumers – highlights its importance for your local economy, landscape and community.

This toolkit (downloadable from the website) provides all the materials and guidance you will need for a successful project.

Farm Herefordshire

Farm Herefordshire is a group of organisations that have formed a collaborative partnership to support farming in Herefordshire through the promotion of good practice, training and advice.

It works to promote best practice in soil and water management which will help to deliver the Nutrient Management Plan for the Rivers Wye and Lugg.

Food Co-ops

One of Sustain’s projects which aims to build a network of community food co-ops and food buying groups across the UK to help new groups get off the ground and existing ones to thrive.

Food co-ops, food buying groups, food clubs and food groups are terms that are used interchangeably to describe a food outlet that is run on a not-for-profit basis to give people access to good food at affordable prices. They have used the term ‘co-op’ because it implies co-operation which is all about people working together to achieve something they couldn’t do on their own.

Growing Local is Going Local CIC

Growing Local is a Herefordshire Community Interest Company supplying weekly Fruit & Veg Bags to homes, workplaces and schools around Hereford.

Each bag sold helps save food miles, supports local growers, funds educational projects and fills you up with delicious, local and seasonal produce.

Herefordshire Food Links

An on-line directory to help you find Herefordshire produce you already know about and introduce you to some you don’t, either direct from the producer or from some of the fantastic shops and markets within the county.

Herefordshire is renowned for its wonderful, rural landscape and rich, fertile red soil. This gives huge diversity to the fabulous food and drink produced, from farmhouse cider to cassis and even the first British Vodka!

If you are a local using this guide, a business looking to source a speciality or a visitor exploring Herefordshire, please use this guide as a way of finding what this wonderful county has to offer.