Applications for the second A Team Challenge have now closed and five wonderful finalists have been chosen to go ahead and run crowd-funding campaigns, with matched funding from The A Team Foundation if the crowd-funding is successful. The 2014/2015 projects are:

Grown In Totnes – Transition Town Totnes
Grown in Totnes is pilot that aims to expand the range of local produce, by working with producers to grow, process and sell crops directly for human consumption. All elements of the project will be kept within 30 miles of Totnes.

Seed Co-operative
Agro-ecological farming needs suitable open pollinated seed to provide a sustainable alternative to conventional farming. The Seed Co-operative will undertake plant breeding, seed production and education for UK growers.

The Seed Co-operative - leek seed

Cae Tân Community Supported Agriculture & Gower Power Livestock Co-operative
Cae Tân CSA is Wales’ first biodynamic community supported agriculture project. Cae Tân will supply vegetables, fruit and meat to 40 local households by mid 2015 through Cae Tân and their associated livestock co-op. Cae Tân have also just started working with youth, schools and adult groups to engage and train them in sustainable land based enterprise.

Gower Power 1

Ecological Land Co-operative – Greenham Reach
Greenham Reach is a ground-breaking project of three affordable mixed smallholdings run off-grid, using organic/agro-ecology principles to produce local food and medicine, enabled via a wider national co-operative, the Ecological Land Co-operative. Smallholders at the site are working co-operatively whilst independently establishing businesses in vegetable, salad, fruit and mushroom growing, rearing rare breed livestock for milk, cheese and meat, an edible plant nursery and herbs for herbal medicines.

Greenham Reach

Bread Matters Ltd. – Scotland the Bread
Scotland The Bread will develop better grain in Scotland, grow and process it for lowest environmental impact and maximum nutritional benefit, support local economies with more jobs per loaf and help combat diet-related ill-health.

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