Whether we are healthy and feel well or not depends on lots of different things. Our community farms are designed to make looking after our bodies and our minds easier for everyone.
Currently, two-thirds of adults and one third of children in the UK are overweight or obese - a public health crisis which is projected to cost our economy £50bn per year by 2050.
Diabetes alone already costs the National Health Service approximately £1.5m every hour, or, at the time of writing, around 10% of the entire NHS budget.
These conditions - and other lifestyle-related illnesses and diseases - are driven not just by what we eat and drink but also other lifestyle factors such as our working practices, how (and, indeed, whether) we socialise and the types of exercise we give our minds and our bodies.
We know that loneliness and isolation, for example, can be a significant factor in eroding mental and physical health, which can lead to serious illness and disease. We believe some of these impacts could be improved or prevented if we create more opportunities for people to meaningfully connect with other people in a supportive - nature-based - environment.
Chemical contamination of our food from the use of some herbicides, pesticides, fungicides and fertilisers is causing unknown and relatively untested human health impacts.
We promote good health by not using harmful chemicals at any stage of producing, storing or distributing our food.
This also prevents accidental disruption and contamination of other parts of the food chain - for example where chemicals applied to land-based crops could enter our water table, our rivers or our seas.
There is no shortage of advice, in the information age, about what constitutes a healthy diet. However, much of the available information is either contradictory or presented in a way that makes it hard to understand.
We are committed to making sound advice on diet and nutrition available to all of those involved in our community farms.
This starts with planning to grow the crops that our bodies and minds actually need in order to thrive. We will work closely with respected nutritionists and public health experts to translate best practice guidelines into practical actions which help to improve and maintain people’s health.