Sutton Community Farm
Sutton Community Farm is a community-owned farm that sits on a beautiful 7.1-acre smallholding with views towards the skyline of central London. We started back in 2010 in response to a community need for increased access to fresh, healthy, sustainable food, and to provide a shared space for people to cultivate skills, exercise and make new friends. Our volunteers have contributed over 25,000 hours of their time since our opening 8 years ago.
We intend to be a leading example of a viable, inspiring and deeply sustainable community farm. There are two guiding frameworks when it comes to sustainability for us: permaculture and One Planet Living. We grow with organic principles, such as crop rotation, green manure, compost and biological pest control, because we believe it’s healthier for the planet and people. We are not ‘certified organic’ with the Soil Association. This is for a variety of reasons such as our scale and the costs associated with it. However, we are supportive of the certification and may go down this route in the future.
We embed permaculture principles deep into our organisation. Permaculture is a conscious design science that’s about working with nature to make a better world for all. Using permaculture helps us to understand our connections, to each other and the world around us, so we can create integrated, productive spaces that have multiple uses. Three ethics guides permaculture; care for the planet, care for the people, and fair share. We use these principles throughout Sutton Community Farm to create a thriving environment for all.