Supplier of the Week – Where we celebrate the independent businesses of the Bristol Pound community.
Our featured supplier this week is The Community Farm, a social enterprise based in Chew Magna that delivers fruit and veg to homes and businesses across Bristol and Somerset.
Environmental sustainability and community engagement are at the heart of everything the farm does. All of the produce they grow and sell is organic, seasonal and locally-sourced. The farm’s profits fund learning activities for local children, adults and vulnerable people.
The Community Farm are active members of the Bristol Pound network, having received and spent around £B20K in the last twelve months. This includes income from veg box customers, as well as money spent with two of the farm’s suppliers that also accept Bristol Pounds: Essential Trading and Unicorn Office Supplies.
Ped Asgarian, managing director at The Community Farm, explained the importance of the farm’s involvement with Bristol Pound:
“We strongly believe that small, agroecologically-orientated organic farms (such as our own) are a necessary antidote to the destructive practices of intensive agriculture. We also recognise that any such move requires a complete rethinking of how we operate within our local economies. By using the Bristol Pound, we at The Community Farm bolster local supply chains that support local businesses and local people.
Our philosophy demands that we should be ‘good all the way through’, so its vital that the way we engage economically supports and mimics our regenerative approach to ecological systems.
We have recently started working with Bristol employers that want to supply their employees with our veg boxes. Such initiatives encourage healthy eating habits while recognising the importance of supporting us at The Farm, a local business that is doing good things socially and ecologically. Ideally we’d like to work with more Bristol-based employers that use Bristol Pounds to provide this service.”
So if you run a Bristol business that you think could benefit from working with the farm, get in contact with Ped and The Community Farm team.