Wye Community Farm
The Wye Community Farm (WCF) initiative was launched in 2007, in response to the loss of agricultural teaching at Wye College. Owned and run by its members, WCF is demonstrating important new ways for the public to reconnect with where their food comes from and how the countryside is managed.
Today WCF farms around 120 acres, mainly on the Wye NNR but also on behalf of several local landowners with small areas not suited to large scale agriculture. Our main enterprises are meat boxes (beef, pork and lamb), woodland products (firewood, charcoal) and preserves made from home grown produce (pickled onions, raspberry jam).
Twice weekly work parties (every weds and sat) are attended by a wide range of volunteers, in addition to which we have a strong working relationship with the Probation Service whereby people carry out their Community Payback hours with WCF.
Wye Community Farm has received a national award in recognition of its work to engage the local community in food and farming. Each year the British White Cattle Society awards its Enterprise Trophy to the herd that has done the most to promote the breed. The 2014 prize was presented to WCF for the ways in which the Wye Crown herd plays a role in providing volunteering and training opportunities for a diverse range of local people.