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Organic farm open to stakeholders
Launch of Stroud Community Agriculture
People who get involved will grow vegetables and work with animals
A Gloucestershire farming couple are inviting local people who want to go organic to get involved with producing vegetables and meat.

Sarah and Paul Jackson of Stroud Slad Farm want to open up 80 acres of arable and grazing land and 40 acres of woodland for community agriculture.

The project would build on a similar smaller scheme, Stroud Community Agriculture (SCA), which began in 2001.

It has gone from one acre to 45 and employs two farmers and an apprentice.

Mark Harrison, the vegetable grower at SCA said: "SCA has gone from strength to strength over the past five years and we have almost reached our optimum size.

Hands-on approach

"We always envisioned that other 'sister' community farms would become established in the area and are pleased to see that Stroud Slad Farm is beginning this process."

People who get involved with the Stroud Slad Farm project will pay towards the cost of employing an experienced vegetable grower to work alongside the current grower.

They will also be expected to help on a practical level in growing the vegetables and working with the farm animals.

"We are excited at the possibilities of making this project thrive as a farm but also environmentally, socially and economically," Sarah Jackson said.

A public meeting has been organised on Wednesday 25 April in the Old Town Hall, The Shambles, Stroud, to discuss the plans.


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