Organic food growers
Raw ‘n’ Pure, run by Sarah and Sue, is the retail outlet for a co-operative of organic growers based just outside the village of Markfield on the edge of Charnwood Forest.
As far is possible, our produce is local, and in-season. We collaborate with other organic growers in Leicestershire and have links with organic producers in the rest of the UK to ensure that we always have a wide range of produce to offer. Because the British fruit season is so short, we also offer imported organic fruit, and choose ‘Fair Trade’ when available.
Soil Association Certified P9223
CLOGs, The Co-Operative of Leicestershire Organic Growers and Raw n Pure the box scheme, was started in 2006 by two friends, Sue and Sarah, It began from a shared passion for growing produce, a belief in a farming method that works in harmony with the natural world and a desire for community cohesion and social equity. Our organic certification and co-operative business structure reflect our commitment to these beliefs.
Sue was grew up in a farming family in Yorkshire, has an MSc in Agricultural Science and Biology from Leicester University, has Wwoofed (http://wwoofinternational.org) on many different farms and acquired her own 11 acre small holding in 1994.
Sarah spent her 20’s travelling wwoofing on farms around Europe, returning to England she completed an Advanced RHS Horticulture Level 3 at Brooksby College, ran her own gardening business before setting up CLOGs/Raw n Pure with Sue in 2006.
The Co-operative grows at Polebrook Hayes, an 11 acre small holding in Botcheston. We have a half acre for our 40 or so chickens, six very large poly tunnels for growing and 3 for propagating, 2 bee keepers keep bees on the farm but as yet no honey, we like them to have it and keep pollinating our crops, several acres for outdoor growing and in Nov 2016 we planted 72 fruit trees in the top field creating a community orchard.
We are structured as a co-operative as we wish to foster a community based on farming and harvesting, offer access to these processes, pass on skills and knowledge as well as making new friends and strengthening our community. We are inclusive and Our aims are as follows;
- To increase the amount of locally produced, top quality fruit and vegetables at affordable prices.
- To increase sustainability of food production in Leicestershire, making it more resilient to external shocks such as rising oil prices, strikes or restrictions on imports.
- To reduce food miles and emissions improving our air quality.
- To increase interest in local food production and increase knowledge and skills of this production and to foster a community based on farming and harvesting.
- To be run on organic principles working with the eco system, reducing pesticides in our water supply, improving and increasing habitats and biological diversity.
So if you wish to be involved please do get in touch.
All in all we want to know where our food came from, that it is good food and that is part and parcel of a natural and balanced world.