Join Us

We are called Burscough Community Farm, but that doesn’t mean you need to live in Burscough to be a member. We have members from all over the area.

Why Do We Have A Membership Scheme?

The membership fees pay for seeds,  compost and insurance.

The benefits of membership are:

  • You can come along and take part in farm life.
  • You can take some produce home (when available).
  • You’re supporting a local, sustainable, wildlife-friendly method of food production
  • You can attend our social events.
  • You have a vote and say about how the farm runs.
  • You have the opportunity to become a director.
  • You learn about organic growing, Permaculture and wildlife
  • You receive our regular newsletter.
  • You get to take part in other farm activities such as bird watching, beekeeping, coppice crafts, cooking etc.

If you are still not sure you want to join, you are always welcome to have a look around on a volunteer day.

Types Of Membership

Casual Share Membership

With a casual share, you pay a £30 membership fee. You can turn up on work days to volunteer when you like. You may also take home some of whatever crops we have a surplus of on the day. Paid box scheme members must take precedence when it comes to what crops are available. With certain crops, there may be only enough to cover the box scheme members shares.

Box Scheme Share Membership

You still pay the annual membership fee of £30, but at the start of each harvesting season (around June), you pay monthly for a full box of produce. It can be picked up from the field or delivered to your home. Delivery will incur a small charge, and we are currently looking to set up delivery hubs where produce can be picked up at a place that is local to you.

There are three sizes of share this year (2017) dependent on your needs. Small will be £5.75, medium £8.00 and large £13.50 per week.

To become a member go to our membership application form here.

Being a member is an essential part of the way that the farm runs, but volunteering is what it says, ‘voluntary’. There is no pressure to come on the field to give us a hand, but we couldn’t run the farm without our members working with us, especially at planting and harvest times. We encourage you to come to the farm, but we also really appreciate our members who want to support the farm by just becoming a member.

Don’t be put off by the physical nature of the work, if you work with us, you do the jobs that physically suit you. Many of our members are retired and do what feels right for them. There are gentle jobs like sitting sowing seeds in the polytunnel, tidying up, DIY building projects, filling in funding applications or even just making the tea. At the other end of the scale, you can take part in planting, weeding, hoeing and harvesting; you do what suits you.

We believe in keeping as physically active as you are able. Going home after a day of fresh air and meaningful physical exercise is medically proven to bring amazing benefits to your wellbeing.

If you’re not sure membership is for you, come along on a volunteer day. We will show you around, and you can try it out. If you want any more information, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or send an email.

The membership fee for 2017 will be £30.00 per household.

To become a member go to our membership application form here.

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