Welcome to the Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm in the parish of Rushmere St Andrew to the East of Ipswich.
The Oak Tree is a Community Shared Agriculture Scheme which means it is a partnership between farmers and the local community, providing mutual benefits and reconnecting the people to the land where their food is grown.
CSA schemes have been popular in the USA and Japan for many years, and are now growing in the UK. We were the first Community Supported Agriculture Farm in Suffolk!
Members of our scheme enjoy a weekly supply of ultra-fresh vegetables from the farm grown without the use of artificial fertilisers or pesticides. The harvest is shared out equally between members each week.
They also enjoy the health, well-being and fitness benefits of working at the farm, have the opportunity to buy chickens’ eggs from the farm free range chickens, low carbon cut flowers, Oak Tree rare breed beef and our fabulous rare breed Oak Tree Pork!
Our aim is to create a financially viable and environmentally sustainable farm producing a plentiful and diverse supply of nutritious food for the community of people that works on the land, having a good time while doing so.
By teaching and demonstrating how this can be done we hope to encourage others to do the same.
We are a not-for-profit social enterprise run by Community Interest Company (CIC). Our directors John Revell, Tom Wilmot, Andy Black and Ken Stewart.
One day we would like to expand our low carbon food production onto other plots of land, so so this reason our community interest company is called the “South Suffolk Low Carbon Food CIC”.
- You can learn more about the farm through our virtual farm tour
- Read about the origins of the Oak Tree Farm in this article in The Guardian in 2014!
- Visit The Oak Tree blog
- Read Joanne’s posts on The Oak Tree on the Guardian Gardening Blog describing the very early days of the farm!
In this short video we made in 2013 you can learn about the history of the farm and meet a few of our members: