Exeter Growers Co-operative has evolved from Exeter Community Agriculture. From the seed of an idea, Exeter Community Agriculture was launched in September 2008 at Alphington School, Exeter. After this 20-30 folk met monthly to discuss, plan and agree a vision and the practicalities of the project.
Finally, in March 2009 we registered as an Industrial and Provident Society Co-op – a not-for-profit organisation – and agreed a contract for the use of 4 acres of organic land in Shillingford near Exeter with the landlord, Andy Bragg, and then the growing started!
After 4 years working on the plot and creating the infrastructure of vegetable beds, an orchard, willow beds, polytunnel and meeting/storage shed it was time for a review. In Spring 2013 the membership structure was changed to allow for greater flexibility of work commitment and the name was changed to reflect the new reality.
We gratefully acknowledge financial support from the following organisations:
The Co-op Community Fund – Site fencing
The Tree Council – Native hedging
Awards for All – Shed