FoodSmiles aims to supply local food for local people in the St Albans district. We started in April 2014, farming organic vegetables for our 25 members, and produced an amazing 980kg of food in our first season! This year and over the next few years, we hope to increase our membership significantly and become a bigger and better source of locally-produced food.
When we started up last year, we were very lucky to find a piece of land that already had on it three polytunnels we could use. They were in bad repair, but we patched over the holes and the tunnels were crucial in our first season for raising seedlings and growing warm-weather crops such as tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers.
We also need a dedicated space for packing the weekly vegetable boxes and storing equipment – our tiny 6x4ft tool shed is simply not enough, and packing vegetables in a polytunnel means they wilt in hot weather and freeze in cold weather! This shed will be placed where polytunnel three is now, under the trees, since this tunnel doesn't get enough sun to produce a good crop and will not last much longer without refurbishment or replacement.
£1250 will allow us to add crop bars and bracing to our tunnel, for better efficiency and security.
£2500 would also fund our packing shed, which we will build ourselves from a kit.
£3000 would also fund the shed foundation and much needed interior shelving.
Any additional money raised on top of this will go towards repairing polytunnel one, and getting electricity to the shed for lighting and refrigeration.
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