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Grow veg for us!

Meet some of this season’s growers at Home Grown Here

Click on the images to find out a bit more about the people behind the veg!

Richard Crayston

Based at Gascow Farm, Ulverston, I’ve been growing potatoes…

Viv Lewis

Info coming soon…

VistaVeg Ltd

We’re 6 growers based in & around Crosby Ravensworth near Shap…

Rachel & Hugh Lowthian

As fourth generation farmers we farm 550 acres just north of Penrith…

Richard Henry

Info coming soon…

New Grower

Info coming soon…

Do you want to be a veg grower in Cumbria…or maybe you are one already?

If so, the HOME GROWN HERE co-operative would like to hear from you.
Home Grown Here can offer:

• A market for your produce through our network of veg box schemes

• A fair price for your crops

• Bulk-purchasing of seed/plants/soil-testing

• Access to a flexible labour force (ie, at peak harvesting times)

• Specialist support, training & networking opportunities

• Crop-planning alongside fellow growers

• Unique farm identity as part of the generic HOME GROWN HERE brand

• Specialist machinery & equipment

• Access to grants through working together

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For more info, ring 07376 726889

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Richard-Crayston-Grower

Richard Crayston

Based at Gascow Farm, Ulverston, I’ve been growing potatoes on a large scale (120 acres planned 2024) for over twelve years. One of the first farmers to respond to the call about Home Grown Here, I’ve been working closely with Vista Veg since the start of the project to bring together growers in Cumbria.

This season I’m growing carrots, onions, parsnips – and of course potatoes! – on a field scale at Gascow to supply the veg box scheme throughout the year. I’ll also be involved in the new site at Burneside, where we’ll be growing brassicas, leeks, beetroot, swede, and pumpkins.


Viv Lewis

More info coming soon.

Growers-VistaVeg

VistaVeg Ltd

We’re 6 growers based in & around Crosby Ravensworth near Shap who have been growing veg since 2008. We grow fruit and veg on our own holdings and work together on a communal field, orchard & five polytunnels.

We focus on higher value crops that are fiddly to grow and time-consuming to harvest such as salad leaves, chard, spinach, sugar snap & mange tout peas, French and runner beans, courgettes, squashes, kale, purple sprouting broccoli, cavalo nero, celeriac, kohlrabi, calabrese, asparagus, strawberries, raspberries & rhubarb. We also deliver education work with schools, lead Grow Your Own Veg courses, undertake consultancy work around themes of community food growing and open our gates to the public for Open Farm Sunday each June. We operate the veg box scheme and head up the Home Grown Here project!

 

Rachel & Hugh Lowthian

Rachel & Hugh Lowthian

As fourth generation farmers we farm 550 acres just north of Penrith and have a diverse portfolio which includes growing arable crops, rearing a small suckler herd, over-wintering local sheep, working a small sandstone quarry and operating a biomass boiler for drying local crops and wood.

Vegetables were last grown on our land by our grandparents but in 2021 we started growing a variety of veg for Home Grown Here.  This 2024-25 season we’re mostly focusing on growing broad beans and maincrop peas, but we’re also trialling sweetcorn for the first time. We are keen to expand our veg-grow knowledge so that we can sell local produce at an affordable price, whilst reducing food miles and encouraging environmental sustainability. 



Richard Henry

More info coming soon.

Our Delivery Areas

Eden Valley Area:

Crosby Ravensworth, Mauld’s Meaburn, King’s Meaburn, Morland, Cliburn, Reagill, Sleagill

Temple Sowerby, Culgaith, Langwathby, Little Salkeld, Skirwith, Blencarn

Milburn, Knock, Dufton, Long Marton, Kirkby Thore, Bolton

Appleby, Murton, Hilton, Sandford, Warcop, Heights, Burrells

Great Asby, Little Asby, Crosby Garrett, Soulby, Great Musgrave, Little Musgrave

Brough, North Stainmore, Brough Sowerby, Kaber, Winton

Kirkby Stephen, Nateby, Mallerstang, Ravenstonedale, Newbiggin-on-Lune

Tebay, Gaisgill, Raisbeck, Orton, Greenholme, Roundthwaite

Shap, Bampton, Helton, Askham, Tirril

Pooley Bridge, Dacre, Stainton, Penruddock, Troutbeck, Greystoke

Penrith, Carleton, Eamont Bridge, Clifton, Melkinthorpe


South Lakes Area:

Grayrigg, Mealbank, Skelsmergh, Garth Row, Burneside, Bowston, Staveley

Kendal, Natland, Oxenholme, Endmoor, Gatebeck

Old Hutton, Millholme, New Hutton, Levens, Sedgwick, Preston Patrick 


Coming soon:

Newton Reigny, Johnby, Ellonby, Skelton, Catterlen

Plumpton, Lazonby, Kirkoswald, Great Salkeld, Edenhall