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This image won the 2010 ‘Social Vision: business at its best' photographic competition.The winning snap shows a group of visitors enjoying a tractor ride through the Shropshire countryside during one of Fordhall Farm's public open days


Setting up a Community Owned Farm

'Making Local Food Work' has published a new guide for communities looking to set up and run a community owned farm. The guide was written by Charlotte Hollins, founder of Fordhall Community Land Initiative, and draws on her experiences of saving the family farm through co-operation. Charlotte grew up at Fordhall Farm in North Shropshire. After leaving university in 2003 she led the high profile campaign that saved Fordhall Farm from development in 2006: raising an amazing £800,000 in less than six months. Fordhall’s plight touched people across the world, and 8,000 individuals came forward to purchase a £50 non-profit making share and become a member of England’s first ever community owned farm.
ACRE has published information about raising capital through a Community Share issue.

The Plunkett Foundation has published a guide to creating closer links between farms and their local networks.
CPRE has published From Field to Fork: the value of England's local food webs (June 2012)