We are a Community Food Growing Project committed to Organic Principles;
Health – Ecology – Fairness – Care
We set up as Fork and Dig It in 2007 and immediately started connecting people to the land and their food through successful volunteer and community event days. In 2011 we started Brighton’s first CSA, producing a weekly organic share of the crop. This is now in its 11th year and has matured into Brighton CSA – Fork and Dig It CIC, which delivers 40 shares 48 weeks a year to our local community. The CSA fruit and veg share has becoming the cohesive focus for our volunteers and trainees. Our resilience over this time is due to a reliance on production rather than funding. Our growth and stability is testament to the strength of this approach. We have a strong agroecological ethos, which has organic soil management and protection at its heart. We pass on our knowledge freely, diversifying with Team-builds, Workshops and Education Days.
Realizing early on, that educating new entrant-growers would lead to a wholesale change in our food systems, we developed a pilot 1-year Traineeship in 2017. For the past 5 years we have successfully run this traineeship as “Principles and Practices of Organic Food Production“, it runs concurrent with the academic year. The quality and content of our training has improved year on year, we continue to develop our weekly tutorial lessons and have increased the number of free places we have available to 18. We are currently developing a standalone guide to community seasonal growing.
Whilst encouraging healthy, active lifestyle, our work aim is to develop a closer, more meaningful connection to our food, each other and to the soil.
Here’s a flavour of what you can do with us:
- Brighton Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fruit and Veg Share – receive a weekly share of our harvest, regularly join us onsite and become a member of our growing community.
- The Principles and Practice of Organic Food Production, Year 1 – 12 Month traineeship
- Small Scale Agriculture, Year 2 – Opportunity to do a further 12 Month deepening – seasonal growing and land stewardship.
- 1 Day Weekend course – No Dig/How to grow your own food successfully
- Education days: For Nurseries, Schools, Colleges and Universities
- Team building: For Companies, Corporates and Groups
- Pickling Workshop (September/October)
- Jam and Jelly Making Workshop (July)
- Pick, Cook and Learn Workshop (Bookable)
- Compost Making Workshop (October)
- Volunteering: Enjoy learning how to grow food and meet like minded people, held weekly, Friday 10-3pm and occasional Sundays 11-4pm
- Food Events: Regular celebrations of our delicious organic harvest