Moss Brook Growers are the tenants of Unicorn's land at Glazebury, just south of Leigh, to the west of Manchester. The business, also a workers' coop, was started at the end of 2009 by two Unicorners - Stuart (who still is a Unicorn Member) and Rob (now full time at the farm) - with plenty of retail expertise with fruit & veg but little growing experience.
So, with a steep learning curve ahead, Stuart and Rob are aiming to turn the 21 acre plot into a highly productive site. They are blessed with good soil (grade 2, silty clay loam), level fields and an open aspect (though it can get very windy!). Crop plans are focusing on irrigated field vegetables - e.g. celery, spring onions, spinach, radish - as well as other leafy greens. There are plans for an orchard too.
As well as the main aim of supplying more local vegetables into Manchester, Moss Brook Growers hope to involve customers and local residents in voluntary activities (like hedge-planting), encourage schools to visit, and share their experience of setting up a new growing site with others looking to do the same. They ultimately hope that they can successfully add to a model of feeding a city sustainably - through Unicorn and other independent outlets.
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