New Growers at Ragmans Lane Market Garden

Craig and Becky have been growing organic fruit and veg professionally for the last 4 years, working and learning at various places including Fern Verrow, Oaklands Park and Kensons Farm.

They have been living in the Forest for a couple of years now and are looking forward to taking on Ragmans Lane Market Garden, where they hope to carry on producing quality organic salad, veg, fruit and flowers for the Forest Food Hub, local restaurants and cafes. They are also planning to create and manage habitat for the wildlife they will share the market garden with and are especially keen to encourage the return of the Little Owl to Ragmans’ orchards. When not growing food they can be found cycling, stitching and making cider.

Contact them on Email: digupyourlawn@gmail.com or Mobile: 07930 001570

Ragmans Lane Market Garden

The farm is home to Ragmans Lane Market Garden, a small and thriving veg-growing business established in 2014.

The market garden is run by Jon, ably assisted by a revolving cast of full-season trainees and shorter-term wwoofers. We rent 2 small fields and 3 polytunnels from the farm, where we grow and harvest a wide range of succulent fresh organic veg. Our salad mix is a particular speciality, featuring a colourful array of succulent seasonal leaves, herbs and flowers.

We try to minimise mechanical cultivation, and use growing techniques aimed at protecting the soil and the wonderful array of life within it. We believe that Britain needs more small-scale veg growers serving local communities, and are constantly seeking to refine our growing system to demonstrate that viable livelihoods can be made off tiny acreages.

We sell our produce to local shops, including Field Fayre in Ross-on-Wye, Handley Organics in Ledbury and the Ruardean village shop, as well as to local restaurants. Our produce is also available for local residents to buy directly through the innovative Dean Forest Food Hub website deanforestfoodhub.org.uk

if you are interested in visiting or volunteering with us, or simply finding out more about what we do, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

E-mail: ragmanslanemarketgarden@gmail.com

Phone: 07503217680 (Jon)

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