Tim Carey, a former student at the Welsh College of Horticulture, funded through VON’s bursary scheme, has recently become the fifth UK grower to be awarded Stockfree Organic Certification.
With co-worker Lloyd English,Tim is busy bringing Oakcroft Organic Gardens, one of the UK’s longest standing organic market gardens, back into production and plans to grow vegetables, salads, herbs, fruit and flowers for sale in the Malpas area of South Cheshire, with a view to possibly setting up a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project in the future.
Following the retirement of the garden’s owner Mehr Fardoonji, the land has been out of full production for a couple of years, so initial work involves levelling, improving drainage and dealing with weeds. Plans include the widespread use of green manures, experimentation with no-dig methods and bulk compost production. A feature of the garden is two greenhouses on rails which enable early crops to be started under cover and then ‘put out’ by moving the greenhouses.