I love growing my own food and I have done it for as long as I can remember. I have an RHS L2 in Horticulture and I am also a trained vet nurse. All three children love to help grow as well as we try to be as self-sustaining as possible. This of course, all changed when we moved here!
This is the main reason for setting up Sojali, do we can share the joy of organic, home grown produce with any one that cannot grow their own. We will be 100% organic, bee and butterfly friendly with cut flowers and plants solely for their use. We will also be looking to utilise chickens and ducks for fresh, free range eggs.
We moved to Sweden in 2015, and the first thing we did was try to find growing space.
Allotments were not easy to find, and once we did locate them we were told that the waiting list was two years. This wasn’t too much of a problem, but when we went to see them, they are not huge plots like we are used too in the UK. These were tiny, postage stamp sized plots. Barely enough room for one person to grow food for them self.
Not deterred, we set about leasing land and started our search for local farmers, council, anyone that would be able to lease us a field or part field so we can grow our own.
Once found, what started as a ‘grow your own’ quickly turned into ‘growing en mass’. Not that it was a problem, we love to grow, plant, sow and obviously reap the rewards. The problem arose from the sheer amount of food we would have at harvest time! Having looked at various options, giving too the community seemed the obvious answer. So, we looked into Community ran projects.
We were mildly surprised to find that there was only one other CSA in the whole of Sweden*. These types of farms are a huge success in the USA and they are slowly spreading across the UK as well, it seemed like the perfect solution.
We can still sow and grow, but now, we can do it on a much larger scale, and with the help of the community as backing, we can share the produce at harvest time.
*at the time of writing this