Reddy Lane (WA14 3RA), just outside Altrincham, Cheshire, is seeking new people to run it for the 2022 season.
- Turnover £55k (Feb-present date)
- 60+ veg box customers on monthly direct debits
- Government funded paid apprentices scheme in place (plus £1.5k for you per apprentice taken)
- Existing Manager available to support transition as much as needed
We are looking for a couple/partnership/group to take it over. It is currently set up as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee (CLG).
It is half-acre min till market garden with a full organic license from the Soil Association. Propagation, access and composting happen outside this area, so it’s actually more like ¾ acre.
It currently grows 2 tonnes of mainly leafy veg for box scheme, with 50% content from our own crops, and rest bought in from other growers. Plus currently selling fruit, dairy and other sundries too. Systems all set up to buy produce in.
Currently supports one full time job, and a part time job during the growing season. Potential to increase this by marketing veg boxes or applying for grants.
It has shed, tools, 100 foot commercial polytunnel, water, rabbit fencing, irrigation equipment, lean-to packing area, tarps/mypex/crop covers. Supportive landowners, and excellent rent, including unlimited water. Excellent grade 1 agricultural soil. Potential to expand land use. Beautiful rural location just outside Manchester.
There’s no public transport, so driving license and own transport
1-2 seasons growing at another market garden (preferably more)
Access to financial capital for new season costs
Resilience, flexibility and enthusiasm
Experience running a veg box scheme
Experience applying for grants
Experience running community sessions
Experience bookeeping, and using financial software (Quickbooks and Go Cardless)
Experience in marketing (design, videos, photos, social media and wordpress for website)
Experience keeping records for Soil Association and being inspected
Understanding of not for profits, CLGs/CICs/ co-ops
Please do share with anyone you think might be interested 😊