Ragmans Lane Market Garden

Ragmans Lane market garden is run by Becky and Craig, two wandering gardeners who have made the forest home.

They grow organic fruit, veg and flowers, and specialise in growing leaves; their mixed leaf salad is well worth a try.

Plant propagation is taken care of at their home nursery on Littledean Hill over looking the Severn while the market garden is located a short walk from the Wye. Certified by the Soil Association Craig and Becky endeavor to give more than they take from the land by utilising manure, cover crops, home made compost and compost teas.

Their minimum tillage and addition of organic matter and compost teas promote healthy mycellial and microbial growth which aid the storage and uptake of elements essential for plant health, growth and nutritional value. Parts of the market garden are left wild to provide habitat for wildlife and flowers are grown in the borders to provide nectar for pollinators and seeds for birds. This ensures a healthy amount of predators to help keep pests at bay in a system they like to consider "beyond organic". You can follow them @ragmanslanemarketgarden on Instagram and Facebook.

Contact them on Email: ragmansfarmmarketgarden@gmail.com or Mobile: 07930 001570

 

New Growers at Ragmans Lane Market Garden

Craig and Becky have been growing organic fruit and veg professionally for the last 4 years, working and learning at various places including Fern Verrow, Oaklands Park and Kensons Farm.

They have been living in the Forest for a couple of years now and are looking forward to taking on Ragmans Lane Market Garden, where they hope to carry on producing quality organic salad, veg, fruit and flowers for the Forest Food Hub, local restaurants and cafes. They are also planning to create and manage habitat for the wildlife they will share the market garden with and are especially keen to encourage the return of the Little Owl to Ragmans’ orchards. When not growing food they can be found cycling, stitching and making cider.

 

Ragmans Lane Market Garden

The farm is home to Ragmans Lane Market Garden, a small and thriving veg-growing business established in 2014.

The market garden is run by Jon, ably assisted by a revolving cast of full-season trainees and shorter-term wwoofers. We rent 2 small fields and 3 polytunnels from the farm, where we grow and harvest a wide range of succulent fresh organic veg. Our salad mix is a particular speciality, featuring a colourful array of succulent seasonal leaves, herbs and flowers.

We try to minimise mechanical cultivation, and use growing techniques aimed at protecting the soil and the wonderful array of life within it. We believe that Britain needs more small-scale veg growers serving local communities, and are constantly seeking to refine our growing system to demonstrate that viable livelihoods can be made off tiny acreages.

We sell our produce to local shops, including Field Fayre in Ross-on-Wye, Handley Organics in Ledbury and the Ruardean village shop, as well as to local restaurants. Our produce is also available for local residents to buy directly through the innovative Dean Forest Food Hub website deanforestfoodhub.org.uk

if you are interested in visiting or volunteering with us, or simply finding out more about what we do, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

E-mail: ragmanslanemarketgarden@gmail.com

Phone: 07503217680 (Jon)

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