Welcome to Polegate’s Market Garden
We are a family run, community supported agriculture farm serving healthy, chemical free veg boxes to Polegate, Hailsham, Eastbourne, Seaford and the surrounding areas of East Sussex.
Our East Sussex Veg Box Scheme Is Now Open.
Join Our Fanfield Farm Family by getting your CSA Veg Box.
How it works...
We have a brand new system and way of operating here at Fanfield Farm, we use a sliding scale payment system which means there is an affordable veg box for everyone. And with your help we can make healthy food accessible to everyone that needs it.
We produce local food. Growing with the older hand tool methods that mean we don’t need huge tractors or 100’s of acres of land. This means we can get the food on to your plate fresher, faster and whilst improving the soil we grow in, and keeping our impact on the environment as low as possible.
Growing foods in the conventional way is causing us problems… with the taste of our veg, with the nutrients within them, with our enviroment and with our soils! To grow food in this way is no longer sustainable, and we have done so much damage it is no longer enough to farm sustainably… That’s why we farm regeneratively.. Giving more back to the soil and environment than we take at every stage.
For the last two years we have been providing veg boxes right to the doors of East Sussex, and you can now get yourself on to our Veg Box CSA Scheme, reserve your space by clicking here.
We Grow Regeneratively!
We produce all of our crops regeneratively, our historical food systems have damaged soils in such a way that even farming sustainably isn’t good enough anymore. We have got to the point where putting back what you are taking out isn’t enough. We need to be putting more back than we take, and hence we need to farm regeneratively.
The standards by which we farm we believe exceed those that are practiced on organic farms. We farm with completely organic procedures and practices, however we are not certified organic. We are regenerative. Firstly, we don’t use any pesticides or chemicals; we use all natural matter, soil & compost.
Why aren’t we certified organic, if we farm with organic practices? This is a long question to answer but the main reason is we don’t agree that farmers doing the right thing should be penalised. To have the organic certification status costs a lot, and to spray vegetables with chemicals and pesticides costs nothing. We believe this is backwards.
We are happy to show you exactly how we grow, and the high standards we hold ourselves to. Simply drop us a message and we can arrange to show you around the farm on one of our open days.
Grow Your Own Veg – Buy Veg Plants Here
We believe in local food, and it cannot get more local than growing food at your home. Whether you have space on a windowsill, pots on patios, a veg patch or an allotment.. Part of our mission is to help you grow your own veg! This year we have launched our very own plant sales – All available from May, but stock is limited so order now to avoid dissapointment.
"It is no longer good enough to put back the same amount as we take... Sustainability is not enough. We need to regenerate!"
- Chris, Fanfield Farm
"Everywhere around the world, people's eyes are being opened to the ravages of industrial agriculture; pesticides, GMOs, cancer, agribusiness."
- Jean-Martin Fortier, The Market Gardener
"Nearly everywhere we look, the stirrings of a revolution are becoming increasingly clear; people are farming differently."
- Helene Raymond & Jacques Mathe
"Lets' live a new definition of what it is to be a farmer: one who is at the root of the community by serving the needs of those in it"
- Curtis Stone, The Urban Farmer.
Blog Posts and Videos
The Misadventures of a First Year Farmer 5.) Learning to use a digger with YouTube One thing we were told by the planning regulations passed to us...
The Misadventures of a First Year Farmer 4.) Day 1.... it’s stuck!Back to the field and it is officially Day 1. Emily had to get a second signature...
The Food Grower Podcast Episode 1 and 2 Out Now The weekly podcast that talks all things food growing with those doing amazing things from across...