Tamara Hall - Does community supported agriculture offer a viable alternative for the producer and consumer?
Background to my project:
I started my education with an Engineering Degree, did a detour to Art College & ran my own bespoke tailoring business in Leeds for much of my twenties then came back to run the family farm in 2004.
Since then I have revolutionised the 1,250 acre Molescroft Grange Farm with 10% of the farm managed primarily for the environment, over 60 educational visits last year, including starting 'Open Farm School Days' with 1,000 visits over the week & which will become a national event in 2014 to run alongside Open Farm Sunday after being pilot this year. We are also host for 'Let Nature Feed Your Senses' and the farm is now LEAF Marque audited.
The latest project has been opening a 65 plot community allotment on the farm and I am planning to build on this success since being lucky enough to be selected to receive a Nuffield Farming Scholarship to study direct marketing and Community Supported Agriculture.
We are also in the process of helping a local football club get funding to set up a large playing fields area on the farm as well as enabling Beverley Rugby Club to relocate onto the farm. This is on one of the poorer areas of arable land. It it intended to be of a sufficient size to be a sports hub for the town but within walking distance for good access.
Other recent achievements:
Yorkshire Conservation & Farming Director (was Yorkshire FWAG)
Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS) Council Member
YAS Grants & Education committee member
Tye Trophy winner in 2009 and now a regional judge.
2013 award for outstanding contribution to local agriculture from Driffield Agricultural Society.