A growing number of churches are invigorating their local communities by hosting farmers' markets. This can be a good way of extending the use of the church without minimal alteration of the building.
The Plunkett Foundation, a leading national charity supporting rural communities, are working in partnership with The National Farmers' Retail and Markets Association (FARMA) on The Collaborative Farmers' Market project (part of the Making Local Food Work programme). This aims to provide direct and practical support to help farmers' markets bring fresh local food to more customers and so help support the livelihoods of producers and revitalise communities.
Farmers' Markets can also present an opportunity for the church to engage with growing food locally, for example through Grow Zones.
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