Serpentine Community Farm

SERPENTINE COMMUNITY FARM –
BUXTON’S NEW FOOD EDUCATION CENTRE?

After years of discussion between Transition Buxton and High Peak Borough Council, the dream is finally becoming reality. There were years of planning meetings chaired by Buxton Town Team and involving Buxton & Leek College and the University of Derby. Eventually a licence was issued by High Peak Borough Council allowing us to start clearing the site, and a longer term lease is in process of being agreed. In the meantime, some funding was acquired and we set up the Serpentine Community Farm CIC as a registered Community Interest Company. This is now operating fully independently of Transition Buxton.

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Reputedly used to grow food during WWII the site had largely fallen into dereliction. The plan is to bring this asset back into community use as a teaching facility, and in the process to grow food once again. The facility will be open to the general public for classes in horticulture and gardening skills, while any produce would be sold on to supply the University’s catering school and other local restaurants. There’s more about the aims of the new company on the Serpentine Community Farm website and in the Community Interest Statement.

Pete's Greenhouse Jan15A team of volunteers has put in a huge amount of work and the site is looking very different, with the greenhouse restored, a number of raised beds and most recently a new poly-tunnel erected. There’s always masses of work to do, and all offers of help are welcome get in touch with Janine, or see the Serpentine Farm Facebook Page.

Serpentine Community Farm CIC also needs more money – you can donate via this Crowd-Funding Website.