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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update from Fordhall Farm

In line with the most recent Government advice about Coronavirus, we are providing the following information to visitors and customers on current services being offered at Fordhall Organic Farm. We would also like to sincerely thank everyone for their support. We have been overwhelmed with the response from our community – you have been amazing and we will continue to support you for as long as we possibly can.

Our well-stocked shop, selling fresh meat, vegetables, eggs, bread, frozen meals and store cupboard essentials is open as normal from Tuesday – Saturday, 9.30am – 5pm and on Sunday 10am – 4pm. All surfaces and door handles are sanitised frequently and we are applying social distancing guidelines. Please note, we are accepting card payments only at this time. Our location
In addition to our national delivery service, to support our community we are now also offering a local delivery service. Customers can also order online and collect from the shop in a specified time slot. To take advantage of these options, visit https://shop.fordhallfarm.com/register/ to register as a customer.
If you are in a vulnerable group and would prefer us to bring your shopping out to your car to minimise contact with others, please call us beforehand on 01630 317531 – we are more than happy to help.
We have installed an organic milk vending machine outside the Farm Shop, which is filled daily with fresh milk from Taylor’s Organic Dairy in Rowton, North Shropshire. The milk is pasteurised, but not homogenised. Purchase a glass bottle from the Farm Shop for £1.50, and bring this bottle each time to refill.
Arthur's Farm Kitchen has been closed until further notice - however don't despair, there are other options. Takeaway drinks, speciality coffees and cake will be available Fri-Sun and from 3rd April, takeaway food will also be available. The team are also busy making takeaway meals which are being sold in the Farm Shop, as well as takeaway Sunday lunches. To order a Sunday lunch, please call us on 01630 638696.
Our Farm Trails are free and are open for visitors, from Tuesday – Saturday 9.30am – 4pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm. If social distancing is not practiced we will be forced to close the trails, but we sincerely hope this will not be the case, as we recognise how important green space and fresh air is to people’s wellbeing. Hand sanitiser is available at the main gateway and picnics on blankets are welcome.
In response to the crisis, we have established a Covid-19 board sub group to make speedy and appropriate decisions regarding the situation. This sub group (made up of key board members) has with full delegated decision making powers as confirmed by all Board members, until such time as government restrictions are lifted and it will keep in regular contact with the main board. The group will also ensure continuation of engagement with FCLI and the farm, and most importantly keeping in touch with YOU our supporters. The group have agreed the following in respect of our AGM: 1. To ensure the safety of our staff and shareholders, and the safeguarding of our resources, the 2020 AGM should be cancelled rather than postponed. 2. Decisions will be taken on the ballot papers received - both paper (posted to all members March 2020) and electronic (circulated April 2020). 3. The outcome of the ballot will be communicated in a mailing to all members in June (or as soon as possible according to current guidelines), along with the Annual Review (to include Chairs and Treasurers reports). If you have not yet sent us your postal ballot paper, you may alternatively complete an online ballot paper before May 8. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GY3M5SJ . In the absence of the AGM if you have any questions you would like to ask our lovely Chair, Treasurer or myself, you may do so using the online ballot paper or simply by emailing us. There will also be further opportunities to ask questions at our Supporters BBQ in September (date and details TBC).
We are slowly navigating re-opening many of our services. This is an ever changing landscape, but at present: - yurts will open for bookings from July 10th - care farm is opening with limited numbers - volunteer placements will resume from 3rd July - Straw Lodge - we are considering opening this for private hire throughout August. - Arthur's Farm Kitchen café remains closed - youth project remains closed - toddler groups remain closed
We are still accepting share purchases, donations and subscriptions to The Grazer magazine. However, as many staff have been furloughed, please bear with us as we catch up with paperwork. Most will come to you electronically (including a share certificate) and when the office fully re-opens we will be able to forward on hard copies of share certificates.
We are doing our best to keep in touch with you during this period. Ben is doing a fantastic job with regular videos on our Facebook page and Charlotte is regularly updating the blog on our website (see bottom of page).
If you have any queries, please get in touch. Shop: Tel – 01630 317531 | Email – shop@fordhallfarm.com Main Office: Tel - 01630 638696 | Email – project@fordhallfarm.com Please understand that due to many of our staff now taking leave and the rest of our staff working extremely hard in the farm shop, our office capacity is limited. If you need to leave a message, we will get back to you as soon as we can.

About us

Fordhall Organic Farm, in Market Drayton, north Shropshire, is England’s first community-owned farm following a high profile campaign in 2006. At the time over 8,000 people across the world supported siblings Charlotte and Ben Hollins to save their family home. Now owned by the community and farmed by Ben Hollins, Fordhall is a wonderful example of community spirit and real organic farming.

Opening hours:

Tuesday – Saturday: 9.30am – 5pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm.

How to find us

To receive a welcome direct from Ben and Charlotte Hollins, listen to this .mp3 (recorded by them in 2009)

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