Edibles (Paddock Farm)

LAND Region: 
EnglandYorkshire & The Humber
LAND Project Type: 
LAND Centre
A working permaculture farm growing food for sale locally; training people to grow food and establishing an edible plant nursery.

Edibles is based at Paddock Farm in West Slaithwaite. It is a collectively managed business established by Rosie Lonnon, Pip Lane and Steve Smith and incorporated in 2010 as Limited Liability Partnership. We are creating a working permaculture farm with three main purposes - firstly to grow food year-round for sale locally; secondly to inspire and train people to grow food by running courses, having demonstration plots, activity days, guided visits, regular gardening days, providing volunteering opportunities and outreach work in schools, businesses, community organisations; thirdly to set up a nursery of edible plants for sale to individuals, schools and other organisations.

Our vision is to establish a viable business that makes a significant contribution to practical resilience building within our community by contributing a significant quantity of locally grown food, supporting more people to grow food, making available edible plants and to contributing to the skills and behaviour shifts that communities will need if they are to respond successfully to the twin challenges of climate change and peak oil.

Member Project known date: 
Friday, 13 January, 2012
The design of the whole farm (including the refurbishment of the Barn where we live) has been guided by permaculture principles and methods. Having bought the farm in 2003 we spent over a year ‘observing and interacting’ with the land and existing buildings to design our living space and immediate surroundings. The property exhibits passive solar design and good insulation. Heating/hotwater is from a bio mass boiler using scrap wood and some wood grown on site. Hot water in summer is provided by solar thermal panels. We ‘catch and store’ water around the site and drinking water comes from a local spring stored above the farm in a tank. Our energy strategy aims to reflect the ‘catch and store’ and ‘use renewable resources’ principles. We have a large vegetable garden, a small forest garden in production and 12 hens, the combination of which is increasingly providing for our vegetable and fruit needs – ‘obtaining a yield’. We have undertaken a number of formal permaculture designs – a broad concept plan for the whole site which we developed with designer Mark Fisher and two projects for Permaculture Design Courses that focussed on the vegetable / forest garden and the development of Edibles as a cooperative enterprise. In this way we have tried to work from overall patterns to the detail. We’ve reused many resources on site – timber and stone in particular and are aiming for much more of a closed loop in terms of inputs/outputs to/from the farm. We are creating large quantities of compost from on site resources, growing some of our bio mass and augmenting the chicken’s diet with home grown food. We’re experimenting with polycultures and had good results last summer. During 2011 we will start supplying our local community owned green grocer and are currently agreeing a planting plan with them. Recently we have been successful in being chosen by Making Local Food Work as one of 6 pilots nationally to develop replicable examples of a local food system. To do this we are working in partnership with The Green Valley Grocer, The Handmade Bakery and our Transition Town, MASTT. We will develop a local food brand called Coln-U-copia. The three founders have all completed the full Permaculture Design Course and will register for the diploma.
Project start date: 
April, 2010


The Barn, Paddock Farm Park Gate Road
West Slaithewaite HD7 5XA
United Kingdom