BENTLEY URBAN FARM (BUF) is the world's first upcycled market garden. Back in September 2016, the PermaFuture co-operative took over the run-down Horticultural Training Centre behind St Peter's Church on Bentley High Street.
With help from amazing groups like The Ridge Employability College, the Primary Learning Centre, Bentley Park and our incredible volunteers, we use a range of reclaimed materials (stuff other people would simply consider 'waste') to repair, improve and maintain the site.
Over time we have transformed it from an overgrown, neglected eyesore to a project capable of providing affordable, fresh, healthy local food while creating new opportunities for education, training, skill-sharing, employment and entrepreneurship for the people of Bentley, Doncaster, and beyond.
We are using a range of restorative farming techniques, such as permaculture and hydroponics, to show the full potential of Doncaster as a centre of excellence for ecologically friendly farming. Doncaster has one of the best micro-climates in the north of England and, according to the Soil Association, the most interesting and diverse soil map. We have all the resources we need to grow a range of specialist, high-quality crops across the borough.
BUF is just the beginning. We want people to use the skills they develop at BUF to start their own urban farming projects in each of Doncaster's many satellite towns — each specialising in crops suitable for their own particular region — to create a Doncaster Urban Farm Network. Get involved with BUF today and you could be running a farm of the future.
We are currently building a range of SEED & SAV£ beds which can be used by individuals, families, groups and charities. Here you will learn how to grow your own food at home, and if you get really good at it we will even buy some of your homegrown produce for our BUF Boxes.
As well as BUF Boxes we offer a range of fresh produce, workshops, upcycled gifts and other activities.
If you'd like to get involved then email us, text us or give us a call:
07422 966 115