Entrant farmers wanted for new smallholdings in East Sussex

The Ecological Land Cooperative (ELC) are creating three affordable smallholdings in East Sussex especially for those new to farming.

Digging. Photo credit: Pexels

Digging. Photo credit: Pexels

The ELC are looking for passionate and committed small scale farmers with great ideas for bringing local food, employment and agricultural diversity to the area.

The 7.5 hectare site was formerly a maize (corn) field. Industrial maize farming can cause soil erosion, compaction and surface water run-off increasing the risk of flooding. With the creation of three new smallholdings of mixed farms, the site at Arlington will be designed to become more biologically diverse and ecologically resilient.

The price of the holdings is fixed and the ELC is not looking for the highest bidder. Instead, they are looking for applicants who can demonstrate that they will be able to establish and manage an ecological farm business appropriate to the site, its natural resources and location.

Oliver Bettany, Membership and Engagement Manager, says: “We’re really excited to open up the application process for Arlington and look forward to receiving applicants that share the mission and values of the ELC, particularly our commitment to co-operative working.”

The mission of the ELC is to provide affordable opportunities for ecological land-based businesses in England and Wales. They support rural regeneration by developing affordable residential sites for farming, forestry and other businesses which benefit the ecology.

The deadline for applications is 7 November 2018.