ABOUT LONGWATER FARM
Longwater Community Farm is a model for small scale agriculture that uses a no chemical, no dig, regenerative approach to growing food and managing the land. We provide veg boxes, school trips, community days, workshops and courses from our site in Costessey to the local community and wider Norwich community. We aim to work with the land and with nature, to protect and enhance it, while producing tasty healthy seasonal foods and providing various fun and educational activities for people of all ages and from all walks of life to get involved with.
We question and challenge accepted current methods of industrial agriculture and we recognise that the entire sector is in need of change; its relationship with the population has been damaged over the past seventy years and consumer confidence in the industry and its ability to be ethical and sustainable has never been lower. But the relationship between those people who grow the food and the people who eat the food is so important, and can be a very special relationship when there is balance. We work with other smallholders, agronomists, soil experts, industrial and large scale farmers, the public and a wide range of other stakeholders, helping to build vital bridges for the future. We believe that this relationship cannot only be rebuilt but can also become stronger than ever as we, all of us, continue to affect cultural change, and build understanding of the necessity to bring together farming, nature, health and the community.
We are an off grid, no chemical, no meat, conservation farm that homes rescue farm animals in a spacious happy environment. This means that everything we do, every decision we make, every class we develop, every project we undertake, is done so with the most ethical methodology possible, with animal welfare, local wildlife, future environmental impact and benefits to the mental and physical health of our visitors as our highest priority.
In addition to our tasty veg boxes which you can order from our Veg Shop, we have developed an amazing diary of courses, events and classes for you to take part in, and benefit from the physical and mental welbeing that comes from getting involved.
Check out all the ways you can get involved here, from getting your hands dirty and learning how to grow on one of our free community growing days, learning how to look after your own garden tools and lawnmowers, taking some time out in nature for you on one of our holistic therapy in classes, to getting high quality training on our newly launched one day smallholders course. We want you to get involved, ask questions, and learn about why eating and living well is so important to all of us and to the environment that sustains us.
*PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE NOT RUNNING ANY EVENTS FOR THE TIME BEING DUE TO CORONAVIRUS AND GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES FOR SOCIAL ISOLATION. FOLLOW OUR INSTAGRAM PAGE FOR UP TO DATE NEWS.
In addition to this, here at Longwater Farm, we constantly challenge ourselves; to keep learning, keep growing and keep getting more people engaged. We challenge the accepted conventions of large scale agriculture, the use of chemicals, the need for animals on a farm and we promote the need to end industrial animal farming.
We are a living, working, and thriving example of how reshaping the agricultural industry in the UK bit by bit provides food, health and conscientious living for all living beings.
The farm is located in the heart of the Tud Valley, Costessey, Norwich, and is home to an incredible array of unique wildlife. Herons, yellow wagtails, owls, dragonflies, butterflies, roe deer, buzzards, rabbits, song birds, cetti's warblers and pipistrelle bats are just a few of the animals that live on the farm throughout the year. The farm has edible hedgerows, donated by The Woodland Trust, wild herbs and flowers, oak, ash poplar trees and many others.
Peaceful and bursting with life, this is the perfect place to come and relax, or get your hands dirty and enjoy this truly special place.
100% Chemical Free In Our Growing, So Why Aren't We Organic?
It's a good question. An entire market is built upon the additional health and environmental benefits of buying organic fruit and veg over standard food. And while there is plenty of evidence proving that this is the case, we decided to go a step further for health and nature when it comes to growing out food.