FoodSmiles is a Community Benefit Society, based in St Albans District, which aims to encourage people to grow and eat more sustainable local food through building a community of food-growers. We hope to make local food and food-growing more accessible, bring our community together and become a new source of local food for St Albans.
We launched our Community Supported Agriculture scheme on April 23rd 2014, on a small corner of an organic farm on the edge of nearby Harpenden, and harvested our first crops less than three months later in early July. We grow a wide range of vegetables there (with plans to expand and produce fruit and perhaps other foods in future) and we have four polytunnels to help us to grow all year round. It's a veg-box scheme with a difference: our 30 members pay a small annual fee and commit to a few hours working on the farm each month, and we share everything we grow in a weekly veg box. In spring 2017 we took on second site as part of this scheme; a plot at the CDA garden in Hixberry Lane, St Albans, meaning our St Albans members have the choice to work on a plot closer to home.
We're also poised to start two 'Incredible Edible' community gardens in St Albans town centre, which will be open to all. We hope that they'll bring local people together, provide free food for
anyone who wants to take it, enhance the town centre,
provide food and shelter for wildlife, and enable us to teach and share
growing skills and promote the benefits of growing-our-own. Watch this space!
What is Community Supported Agriculture? (Soil Association website)
Meet the farmer: learn a little about Hammonds End Farm, where our organic farm plot is located.
More about the CDA garden on Hixberry Lane, St Albans.
The Incredible Edible Network