We’re very please to have had a borehole installed at the farm. A borehole is basically a narrow well that pumps water out of the ground for irrigating our crops.
Until now we’ve relied on mains water which costs a lot when watering on our scale, especially as we’re in the driest part of the country.
We were confident that the contractors would find water as the farm sits on sand and gravel on top of London clay which provides good conditions for a shallow borehole. They drilled 7 meters down to the London clay and lined the hole with a permeable pipe which allows the water to flow in as we pump it out.
We couldn’t be sure of what the supply would be like until the pump was installed but we were not disappointed. We have a consistent supply of 45 litres per minute. That’s 2.7 cubic metres per hour which is plenty for our needs.
We can now water twice as much as before which is helped by installing a wider pipe across the farm to insure that we don’t loose pressure along the way. Best of all the water is free! (once we have paid our loan off!)
This year we’re celebrating our 10th Anniversary. It been quite a journey to get here, with plenty of sweat and a few tears along the way!
We arrived at Bennison Farm in February 2012 with no money but some experience and fortunately plenty of local support for the venture. We borrowed a small amount from family and were very fortunate to be given an old tractor from a farm where I used to work. We scraped through our first year with poor soil giving mixed results. Our fantastically committed members supported us through a lean Winter but as we invested in the soil and our yields grew, so did our membership.
In August we will have been packing veg bags for 10 years! We’re very proud to have provided veg shares to our members every week since we started and apart from the first winter all produce has been grown on the farm. We’re also delighted to have a few members who have been with us for the whole time through thick and thin!
Community Supported Agriculture really works for us. The support and help of our members has been critical to getting the scheme off the ground and keeping it running and our thanks go out to our Steering Group for playing a key role this. It makes a real difference having a steady and predictable outlet for our produce. When times are good we share the bounty and when times are hard it’s a comfort knowing that we have committed members who will stay the course. A great many thanks to the members, staff, volunteers and family who have supported us over the years. We couldn’t have done this without you!
On the Saturday July 30th Bennison Farm’s 10th Birthday Party so do come and join us from 3pm for fun, food and live music whilst we step back from our work and celebrate 10 year of providing fresh, local Organic veg!