Our farm wouldn’t thrive without its people. Meet the team behind your veggies.
The Farm Team
My name is Alex I joined the farm team in May 2022 as seasonal worker and have since been asked to stay on as a more permanent member of the team. Before I moved to SCA I completed a years traineeship at Abbey Home Farm in Cirencester with Head Grower Andy Dibben, after which I stayed on as an employee for another season. Currently at SCA I am working with the team on establishing the newish site at Brentlands where we plan to grow all of our field scale veg next season. We look forward to sharing it with you and hope it will be abundant and fabulous!
My name is Blue and I’m responsible for the Hawkwood site polytunnels and general handy person. Having spent 2022 at Schumacher college on the Sustainable Horticulture Course I connected with loads of really exciting growing communities and businesses all of which look to Stroud Community Agriculture as an exemplar in it’s ﬁeld. I’m proud to be a part of this epic bunch of growers & farmers pioneering practices that aim to produce healthy food for a vibrant community while honouring the soil and wider biodiversity.
My background is hugely varied, spanning yurt making; landscape design and historic building restoration to coral reef surveying and of course growing organic veg!
Ruth SchamrothPack Shed & Volunteer Coordinator
I’m Ruth. I’ve been a member of the SCA since 2015, when I moved tonStroud. I joined the Core Group in November 2021. I’m now the Pack Shed coordinator on the Farm Team. I try to make sure that there’s enough veg
harvested so that everyone can get their share; I also order in the extra veg and eggs when we need them. I am also responsible for coordinating our volunteers. My previous background was in architecture I was a partner in a London-based practice for 25 years. I am fully committed to the ethics of Community Supported Agriculture.
Harry SamuelLivestock Manager
Harry is a farmer, forester and educator. He has spent the last decade working on the land, from Hertfordshire and London cutting coppice for charcoal and in more recent times farming the length and breadth of the Cotswolds! Harry is currently managing the herd of Hereford Cattle at SCA and is hoping to incorporate broiler chickens into the grazing plan and create a silvopasture system for pigs.
Jo YeomanSeasonal Grower
The Core Group
Hi, I am Sebastian and have been connected to the farm for a number of years. I first visited the farm during primary school for farming lessons. When I had my own children we joined the weekly family volunteer days. I have been a member of the farm, enjoyed the produce and especially enjoy the community of people around the farm, coming together for the barn dance, farm fest and many other occasions.
I live locally, work full time in the care sector, have two children who have a strong connection to the farm. I try to dedicate some spare time to help the farm with admin and organising events.
I have been part of the core group since 2021 and feel passionate about SCA as a social enterprise and pioneering sustainable food production.
I’ve been supplementing my allotment veg with SCA veg since it began. Over the years along with my family I’ve been on a cow-feeding rota at Christmas, helped put up polytunnels, my partner did member-recruitment stalls and for over a decade, my daughter has been a weekly farm volunteer. Since November 2021 I’ve been in the Core Group. I’d love for more members to be involved in the Farm – to feel a sense of belonging and collective ownership. My skills lie in writing, arty stuff and with people.
I have lived in the Stroud District for over 30 years. Most of my working life has been in the voluntary and community sector, heading up small local charities in the fields of homelessness, mental health, domestic abuse and advice services, as well as volunteering for international community development organisations. For 10 years I was also CEO of the Gloucestershire Association for Voluntary and Community Action, which provided advice and support to community groups throughout the county. Agriculture is a totally new area for me, giving me a chance to learn and grow personally whilst contributing my experience of the governance of non-profit organisation, community development and volunteering good practice to make sure SCA is a great place to work and is truly “community supported”.
Other key team members
Rachel Joyce-GibbonsFinance Administrator
Carol MathewsMembership Administrator
I’m Carol Mathews. I’ve been a member of SCA since it began, being partner of Nick Weir, one of the founding members. Since 2007, I’ve also been working for SCA as Membership Administrator. In this role, I receive new joining forms, get new members set up with their veg share, help members who want a bigger or smaller veg share or when they need to leave and generally maintain our membership database. It’s such a pleasure to support our community farm in this way. I love the seasonality of our veg: my pleasure when the first leeks arrive and then how sick I am of leeks by springtime and then the delight when the leeks end and the summer crops arrive.
Aleks OsinskaNewsletter and Website Coordinator
I’m Aleks and I’ve been an SCA member since 2014 (and was on the core group from 2017-2021). I’ve been putting together the SCA quarterly newsletter and looking after the website since mid 2015. In 2022 I took the big task of redesigning the SCA website and this is the result of it. I hope you like it!
I love everything related to veg growing and I try to grow some veg on my allotment (sharing a fair bit with the wildlife). If I’m not at the allotment you will find me in front of my computer drawing pretty pictures and designing websites.
Mari-Liis NukisSomali Kitchen project coordinator
Liis worked at SCA from September 2021 till February 2023 as a grower and animal farmer. She is now coordinating the Somali Kitchen twinning project.