Teign Greens is a not-for-profit community food growing veg scheme in the Teign Valley, Devon. It came about during the Coronavirus pandemic, when supermarket shelves were bare, and people were wondering what they were going to eat! Overnight, Oxen Park Farm was flooded with interest from local people who needed vegetables. We decided what better time to set up an exciting community veg box scheme!
Teign Greens was founded by Tim Dickens and Holly Budgen .
Partnering with Oxen Park Farm in Lower Ashton, our abundant market garden and orchard is spread over about 6 acres of ecological fruit and veg growing. All our produce is grown in harmony with nature, with no chemicals or other nasties and the farm is currently under conversion to Organic and Biodynamic.
We are a Community Interest Company. This means, in effect, that it is owned by you, the community! Any surplus or profit that we may make in the future will be reinvested into the scheme, or directly into the Teign Valley community.
We are also a Community Supported Agriculture scheme: our veg box customers can “pledge to eat our veg”, committing to a full year’s supply of weekly organic vegetables from the farm. This means you share the risks, rewards and joy of small-scale ecological farming, reducing the cost to you as the consumer and helping us all towards a real local food revolution!
As passionate growers, we want to include as many people in the Teign Valley in the production of their food. We host regular volunteering opportunities and also get young people involved, by partnering with On The Hill, a land-based learning social enterprise also based at Oxen Park Farm.
By reducing food miles, and our reliance on supermarket food systems and factory farming, we hope to produce better, more tasty food with a positive impact on our fragile environment, leading to a happier, healthier community here in the Teign Valley.