The Good Vibe Veg project is just one of the 43 projects funded through the Somerset Climate Emergency Community Fund. The Fund was launched in Sept 2020 to encourage and support innovative community projects that share the Council's vision of working towards a climate resilient Somerset.
It is widely recognised that local, small-scale food growing is good for the planet and can offer a wide range of benefits for individuals and communities.
The Good Vibe Veg project, based in Horner, West Somerset, has already begun supplying vegetables to a local farm shop and to local people, reaping the benefits of 'low carbon miles' local produce.
The scheme is supported by 30 volunteers producing courgettes, squashes, green beans, lettuce, cabbages and broccoli and much more. A polytunnel is used to grow produce for the autumn and winter as well as bringing on seedlings in early spring.
‘Good Vibe Veg’ is following the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model and is one of a growing network of schemes around the country.
Somerset County Council and the four District Councils are working together towards a climate resilient Somerset.
What, where and how we produce our food and crops is vital and to be able to grow local food, with the involvement of communities will help to reduce both food miles and food waste.
When it comes to tackling climate change, everyone needs to play their part, and making small everyday changes like changing to locally sourced food, can make a big difference.
- Encouraging the local community to grow and produce sustainable food source and veg boxes, reducing the amount of food miles and food waste. No dig and low tilling techniques protect soil from erosion, reduce water requirements and lock in carbon.