Who are we?
Canalside Community Food is run by a small but very committed group of people, the original core of whom have been meeting since the Summer 2005. We are a diverse group, ranging from farmers to organic researchers to teachers, but what we do all share are strong beliefs in local food and community empowerment, and in particular what we are doing through our work at Canalside. For your interest, below is a brief profile of the Canalside employees, just so you can recognise us some of the people you might meet at the farm!
|Dom van Marsh
Dom is the grower/ farm manager for Canalside.
Lena is the grower for Canalside.
|Gareth Davies has been involved with Canalside since the start as an active member of the CSA and avid consumer of the produce. Gareth was involved in establishing the fruit orchard within the CSA. Apart from being a member of the steering committee, Gareth works as part of the admin team keeping the books, paying invoices and making sure the finances are kept on track. Together with Fiona he helps to keep the accounts up to date and ensures that the company fulfils all its legal obligations!
Gareth is the Finance Administrator for Canalside.
Workshare volunteers: The growers’ work is supported by a group of regular volunteers who help out every week in exchange for their produce share. These workshare volunteers give half a day’s work each week to help with a wide variety of tasks in the fields and polytunnels – weeding, planting, harvesting, maintenance and much more.
These are our brilliant workshare volunteers (updated November 2016):
Graham Williams John Liddamore Dave Male Andy Forbes
Rebecca Knight Magali Fowler Izzy Grove Beth Smith
Helen Smith Nikki Cooper Liz Allan Sumithra Tharu
We operate a waiting list for workshare spaces – members of Canalside are welcome to request to be added to the list. The wait time is 6 to 18 months, depending on workshares leaving Canalside and the length of the waiting list. Non-members who wish to be added to the waiting list will need to join Canalside as a social member.
The work of Canalside Community Food is managed by its steering group, which consists of its employees and members. November 2016 – Current members of our Steering Group are: Gareth Davies, Dom van Marsh and Ali Jeffery as Canalside employees; Magali Fowler representing workshares; Matt Western, Ruth Leary, Xandra Gilchrist and Tom Ingall representing produce share members; John Ingall representing Leasowe Farm; Judy Steele representing social members.
Members who are interested in getting more involved in the decison making process of Canalside Community Food and would like to join the Steering Group should get in touch with Ali!
Updated on 24th Nov 2016