Get Dom and Nanda Moving!
Help us move house – we are crowdfunding for financial support to pay for our removal van to move our household from Leamington to the Wye Valley.
Growing organic veg on small farms is in many ways a huge privilege: we get to work outdoors in the fresh air almost all the time, with our hands in the soil, connected to nature and with the satisfaction of growing to feed people healthy, nourishing food. Unfortunately, it is a reality in the UK today that to be a veg grower is to sacrifice financial security – primarily a result of the extortionate cost of housing, as well as quality food historically being undervalued in this country. Even though Canalside pays its growers relatively well by small farm standards, such is the cost of rent in Leamington that it has actually cost our family money to live and work here.
We have always moved our own stuff, but now with 2 small kids and an increasing amount of furniture that comes with a growing family we would like to treat ourselves, just this once, to a professional removal van.
A family embedded in the Canalside landscape: Head Grower Dom van Marsh, Occasional Grower / Heartnut Beekeeper / Flowers From the Field pioneer Nanda van Marsh, and our two seedlings Robin and Sammy.
If all goes well, we will be moved by local legend Gary the Removal Man, a small Whitnash family business, whose two purple trucks are an iconic sight of south Leamington.
We will move just before Christmas at the end of the school term.
We are moving to Welsh Bicknor, a hamlet in the Wye Valley in Herefordshire, just across the river from the Forest of Dean. We will be Head Growers at Wye Valley Organics, a new business growing organic veg (and eventually other produce too) for the surrounding community.
…you don’t want us to go?
Dom has already formally handed his notice in and the recruitment process has begun, so unfortunately the die is cast!
...you do want us to go?
Well, what better way to get us shifted then helping to fund the removal van? :) :) :)
...you take offence at being asked for money?
We would like to emphasise that we do not expect anything from anyone; we will not mind if no-one contributes, and we certainly do not want to insult anyone. Canalside has already helped us move our careers forward in our growing skills and experience, and we leave with a wealth of delightful memories. All members have contributed to this already for which we are grateful. As my gran used to say, if you don’t ask you don’t get; and it’s only OK to ask if it’s OK to say no!
If you’d like to chip in, you can do so via our crowdfunding page at
or speak to Dom or Nanda for more information. Thank you!
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