Commonwealth & Community Land in Shropshire

Tony Gosling tony at
Sat Jun 12 21:01:22 BST 2010

Beyond Capitalism: Common Wealth for a sustainable society
Subtitle:  Book Launch of Common Wealth -- For a Free, Equal, Mutual 
and Sustainable Society
Featured Speakers/Commentators:  Martin Large
Summary:  Martin Large discussing his new book, Common Wealth -- For 
a Free, Equal, Mutual and Sustainable Society, which was 
held in Freeman College, Sheffield on Friday 21st May 2010

About Fordhall Organic Farm

Welcome to Fordhall Organic Farm

1 farmer, 8000 landlords!

Fordhall Organic Farm, in Market Drayton, Shropshire has been organic 
for over 65 years and rears its own outdoor beef, lamb and pork.

As England's first community-owned farm it is managed by tenant 
farmers, brother and sister, Charlotte and Ben Hollins and offers a 
warm welcome to all.

The Fordhall Community Land Initiative and its 8000+ shareholders as 
landlords work in partnership with the tenant farmers to develop 
Fordhall as an educational resource making the most of its organic 
heritage and wildlife attributes. This is an exciting and pioneering 
project with wide-reaching benefits and there are so many ways for 
you to get involved.

Fordhall is not only run as a working organic farm with organic farm 
shop, picnic area and farm trail, but it also offers the unique 
opportunity for you to get involved through volunteering, events, 
educational visits, newsletters and more.

We look forward to seeing you at Fordhall soon.

Farm Shop and Trail Open: Wed 11am-4pm, Fri 11am-6pm, Sat & Sun 11am-4pm.

Fordhall Organic Farm, based in North Shropshire, England has been 
chemical free for over 65 years. Rearing cattle, sheep and pigs on an 
outdoor extensive grazing system and being in community-ownership 
sinced 2006, Fordhall is pioneering in every sense.

By securing Fordhall Farm, the Fordhall Community Land Initiative 
(FCLI) at the community landlord is committing to building a 
sustainable future whilst guaranteeing that farming will be an 
affordable way of life for generations to come.

In the ever-demanding consumer economy that we live in today, 
traditional farming is struggling to be a profitable profession. It 
is challenging for small farmers like Fordhall Farm, to compete with 
large-scale producers and cutback prices. Fordhall Farm is secured 
and leased out by the Community Land Initiative. It can now ensure 
that the small farmer will be given an opportunity to maintain and 
capitalise on family traditions; providing a model for other at risk 
farms across the country.

On a more personal note, Fordhall Farm is one of the longest running 
natural organic farms in England and this heritage must be protected 
and preserved. Many of the initial supporters were personal friends 
of the late Arthur Hollins and recognised his groundbreaking research 
into organic farming. People are still supporting The Fordhall 
Initiative because they can appreciate the work and determination of 
those involved. It is this combination of history, environmental 
qualities and undeterred motivation which has made Fordhall Farm a 
treasure to visit.

The FCLI recognises that good quality local produce needs to be 
accessible to all. The Fordhall Farm shop and hog roast facility 
provides both organic and local food to the area by the tenant 
farmers (Ben and Charlotte Hollins).

One of the fundamental aims of the FCLI is to assist in educating 
people in the production of food and the impact of animal welfare. It 
therefore uses the land for community benefit in as many ways as it 
can think of, without actually farming it.

There are so many different angles of interest associated with 
Fordhall Farm that it is difficult to find a reason not to support us.

Wildlife - Food - Farming - Sustainability - Education - Health - Our 
Children's Future...

These are the reasons we do it!

+44 (0)7786 952037
"Capitalism is institutionalised bribery."

"The maintenance of secrets acts like a psychic poison which 
alienates the possessor from the community" Carl Jung
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