Education and Community Update!

In Education and Community

In our first 3 months of the grant we have engaged directly with over 250 people through

  • 3 farm visits
  • 1 film screening
  • 4 food workshops
  • 1 artists talk
  • 1 creative workshop

Displays and Exhibition Space

We have bought and fitted simple display material. Our first exhibition by photographer Walter Lewis celebrated landworkers around the country.

The notice board hand crafted by local carpenter Edward Griffiths has enhanced the outside wall space and is attracting wide attention. We are now working on a changing sequence of local farming seasonal images to display.

Farm Visits

We have had three visits so far featuring no dig vegetable growing at Hilltown Organics, dairy farming at Taw River and light touch agro forestry at Silent Haven. We are pleased to be able to support these small scale farming activity.

We will be widening the range of farms alongside revisiting these three farms to give an experience of seasonal change.
We aim to approach and engage wider community especially people who might not normally visit farms. We’d welcome support in identifying such groups and we will be working in partnership with the primary school on this challenge.

Film

We were really pleased to have over 50 people come to the premier of the Landworkers’ Alliance film In Our Hands It was good to use the Ockment Centre as the venue it allowed to serve a local and seasonal supper and create a positive social atmosphere. We have two more films in the new year one of which will incorporate a seed swap.

Workshops

We have started our food workshops with two on Sourdough bread making and another on vegetable fermentation techniques

These were followed by an Community Apple pressing day in Red Lion Yard. This was done in partly in collaboration with Okehampton Primary School. We are looking forward to starting a monthly family workshop and a series of seasonal creative sessions.

In the news

Our education and community work has featured in various publications.

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We have established our working practise, developed organisational infrastructure and made good links with local venues. We look forward to extending the reach and breadth of our provision.

A huge thanks to Okehampton United Charities for supporting this work.

Download the latest program here

Harvest Farm Shop – reworked

We have been really pleased with how the Harvest Farm Shop has been re imagined and reworked. It could not have happened without the support of so many of our friends and customers. A huge thanks to them. We have not finished … there will be more information and education displays and an ever changing seasonal display of all that is local and organic. However this post is to give a little sense of the journey so far up to our Launch Event on Friday. Thanks for coming with us.

Why fund Harvest Workers’ Co-op?

Why fund Harvest Workers’ Co-op?

We are doing a new reason each day for the remainder of our campaign. This post will be updated each day so stay tuned for more! So far we have:

  1. So that our community can access affordable food – that is food that is produced sustainabilty so it is good to eat and good for the earth. This means that it will not have the inflated prices of “organic” food in the supermarket. We price check our produce so that it is an accessible price for everyone in the community.
  2. affordable food

  3. To reconnect people with the land and where their food comes from! We’ll run farm-based activities for children and adults; because when kids get to dig a few spuds out of the ground, they are in total awe at the wonder and never will forget where potatoes come from! is the best way to learn…
  4. We will provide jobs for people in our community. Our seven members all live locally in Devon, and all will be employed by the co-op. We hope in the future to be employing more people in the area who want to be part of the Okehampton food revolution!
  5. We will provide a selling platform for smallscale, local growers like Down Farm Winkleigh, and Hilltown Organics
  6. Where else can you buy a salad, loose or bagged, with over 50 different varieties of leaf, herbs & flowers?
  7. We’ll be making seasonal smoothies with Okehampton Priory school today (Friday 23/6) in Red Lion Yard, Okehampton, in partnership with our friends at Love Local Food! What fun! Let’s get future generations pondering the origins and seasonality of our food, not just for today, but at every educational event we run as the Harvest Workers’ Co-op.
  8. Wild green smoothies

  9. So that our community can access affordable food – that is food that is produced sustainably so it is good to eat and good for the earth. This means that it will not have the inflated prices of “organic” food in the supermarket. We price check our produce so that it is an accessible price for everyone in the community.

Crowdfunding – the video

Our Crowdfunding campaign launch was on Monday 29th May! We have been busy shooting the film. Red Lion Yard was full of scripts and props and action. It was really good to work as a team and we can not wait to see what people think.

Here is a little out take of Kevin and Jo clearing up at the end of the day. We would love the whole process to be just a little easier and that is just part of what our crowdfunding is about.

Watch our full video on our crowdfunding page crowdfunder.co.uk/harvest-workers-co-op

Please help us transform the Harvest Farm Shop and create a whole program of education projects

endoftheday from Kevin on Vimeo.

Harvest’s visit to Unicorn

The Unicorn Grocery is an amazing place

It is based in Manchester and is a worker’s co-operative.

Unicorn Grocery is a co-operative grocery store located in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, England. As a workers co-op, it is controlled democratically by its member/owners, who run the business with a flat management structure and with an equal rate of pay. Ethics form the foundations of the business, and Unicorn’s Principles of Purpose are the framework within which the business operates.

Jo and Sara from Harvest Workers’ Co-op went up to visit. The folk at Unicorn were very generous with their time and energy and have give us a lot of food for thought. The picture gallery gives an idea as to what Unicorn is like. Visit Unicorn Grocery for more information.

About our word tree

We asked our customers for three words to describe what they thought of Harvest Organic Farm Shop. This generated so many good conversations. We then took the words and, using the excellent web tool Tagul,  created a word cloud.

We like looking at the words and spotting connections and sentences that jump out.

If you have any favourite words that could be added do email us and tell us.

Displays. Leaflets and Fairtrade

It was very nice to be at the the Okehampton Fairtrade “Fair and Local” event today. There were lots of lovely people and great music. We were trying out our new leaflets and display boards!

Demain .. off the pictures!

We are all going to see Demain at The Plough, Torrington on Sunday. We will be doing an information stall before the film. Do come and have a chat!

The film sounds good to ….

Showing solutions, telling a feel-good story… this may be the best way to solve the ecological, economical and social crises that our countries are going through. After a special briefing for the journal Nature announced the possible extinction of a part of mankind before the end of the 21st century, Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent, together with a team of four people, carried out an investigation in ten different countries to figure out what may lead to this disaster and above all how to avoid it.

During their journey, they met the pioneers who are re-inventing agriculture, energy, economy, democracy and education. Joining those concrete and positive actions which are already working, they began to figure out what could be tomorrow’s world…

Very exciting!

We are very excited as the Harvest Worker’s Co-operative is now a proper registered co-operative! We are all looking forward to seeing the Harvest Farmshop continue to grow and education projects start reaching out into the community.

A big thank you to everyone who has helped us get this far.