Cusop Dingle, Cusop, Herefordshire, HR3 5RF

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  • Accommodation is available at this placement
  • A sweet but basic Shepard’s Hut is provided next to the vegetable plots. The hut has a petite wood burning stove, bed platform, storage boxes and chest of drawers and looks out over uninterrupted countryside towards The Black Mountains. There is a water point at the top of the field, a compost loo in the small barn and a place to plug in your power pack for some lighting. There is potential to put up a belle tent alongside either for use as a camp kitchen or loo/ shower if desired. The host welcomes your own improvements and additions, e.g. solar power, compost heated hot water etc.

Greenfields Farm is a start-up permaculture/ agroecological smallholding with lots of projects in their infancy on site. They are hoping to bring nature, animals, people and food production back to the beautiful 10 acres of land they take care of. They have a tiny cow-calf dairy herd cross species grazing with horses and pet sheep, next to a no dig vegetable garden and baby trees and fruit bushes.

In 2025, Greenfields are aiming to bring more veg beds into production and improve our infrastructure by building a cold frame, green house and loo / shower from recycled and natural materials. They hope to grow enough produce to feed themselves and volunteers firstly, and secondly to open a market out to the community of Cusop (with an onsite honesty shop) and then further into the Golden Valley and Herefordshire via veg boxes and restaurant wholesales.

They will encourage more wildlife back to the site with ponds and planting and broaden the roles of our horses and cows. They hope to further open up the site as an educational and inspirational resource, inviting primary schools, volunteers and people from the local community.

They intend to operate with financial sustainability; finding revenue where possible and raising funding to cover our costs. They lease the fields at Greenfields and have some access to a further 20+ acres that can be used.

The project is led by Louise Southwell (who also is also currently a business partner at Primrose Market Garden) and is supported by a dedicated team of helpers, livery clients, volunteers and the landowner.

 

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