Chagfood was initiated in 2009 by two local people, keen to bring vegetable growing back to the area. Twenty five initial members were recruited, a grower was hired, an acre of land rented and a £38,600 Local Food Fund lottery grant secured to pay for infrastructure (three poly tunnels, a packing shed and a tool shed). An additional £9,800 grant from Dartmoor National Park subsidised the scheme in the first two years, but from 2012 members subscriptions were able to fully fund running costs and the wages of two part time growers.
Chagfood has now expanded onto a second five acre site, and has 80 members. Members receive a box for 28 weeks, from July to January, although during the hungry gap they are provided with a couple of seasonal items each week. Membership costs £500 per year for a small share and £660 for a large share. Members are encouraged to pay up front for the whole year, although they also have the option of a monthly standing order. Although day to day management decisions are made by the growers, Chagfood is a Community Interest Company, and at the AGM each April, members are asked to vote on the box price and the growers wages. They are are also invited every Thursday throughout the growing season to assist with growing tasks and harvesting and are kept up to date with a weekly email newsletter. On average about five tend to come and help on a regular basis. Veg shares are dropped off at five collection points (usually a members’ house) in local communities around Chagford