• An Evaluation of Two Village Produce Markets. Rolvenden and Broad Oak Brede.John Russell and Kate Hart Common Cause Co-operative, 2002
    (Download PDF doc)
  • The Friendly Vegetable BookTina Deubert Common Cause Co-op, 2004 40pp. (OUT OF STOCK) (Download PDF doc)
  • Healthy Eating Initiatives and Food Provision in Primary and Secondary SchoolsAnita Tull Common Cause Co-op, 2001, 136pp. (OUT OF STOCK)
  • Local Sussex Meat. Where to find it and How to Buy it. Report and Directory. Compiled by Steve Newman for Common Cause Co-operative 2005 (Download Report and Directory)
  • Local Produce Survey, Lewes AreaLucy Alston Common Cause Co-operative, 2005 (Download PDF doc)
  • Reducing Food Miles: Forging Better Links Between Food Producers and Village Shops in SussexAnne-Marie Bur SRCC, 38pp. (OUT OF STOCK)

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Common Cause is a Lewes based, not-for-profit, social enterprise supporting the local community. We promote the local economy by supporting sustainable farming, facilitating wider access to local foods,and providing direct access to involvment in growing food. New members are always welcome

Please find the  membership form  here.    



Common Cause are looking for two new Directors to join our five voluntary directors: Topsy Jewell, Katharine Finnegan, Debbie King, Lucy Young and Ken Caplan.  Our projects are diverse, ranging from promoting the local food economy, to working with people with disabilities and mental health challenges, to educational projects focussed on healthy eating. We run the Lewes Farmers' Market, projects on a community allotment with full disability access,  a local community orchard with training events, the annual 'Seedy Saturday' event at the Town Hall, and 'Flourish', a new Lottery funded outdoor growing project. Please contact Louise Hill-Hottinger This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , if you are interested in joining us and would like more information. We'd love to hear from you.

About Us

Common Cause was established in 1991 and has initiated or been involved in a wide variety of projects since its beginnings, some of which now continue independently....


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Flourish is a new Common Cause project which was set up in September 2015 with funding from the National Lottery 'Reaching Communities' fund. The aim of the project is to increase the wellbeing of local people with disabilities and mental health challenges. participants in our projects work with others outdoors in the fresh air and learn practial skills at the same time.

We currently run sessions at three different places in and around Lewes:

Our Community Allotment (Lewes Organic Allotment Project or LOAP) is on the edge of the Nevill estate by Landport Bottom on the Downs. Sarah Rideout runs two groups here on a Wednesday -  a morning drop-in and an afternoon session with people from the St. Nicholas Day Centre, who are seeking to develop work skills.

Our second location is a small farm in the village of Offham called Baulcombes Barn, run by farmer and therapist Owena Lewis. A group from Bluebell House Recovery Centre in Burgess Hill come to sessions once a week to work with sheep, hens, ponies and pigs. 


Our third is the Community Orchard in Ringmer, where our Flourish project manager Emma Chaplin, together with Peter May and others, organises three-day workshops each autumn. These sessions for a group of supported interns from Plumpton College are about learning skills and knowledge to work in the world of fruit-picking, apple juice making and selling your produce.

Contact project manager Emma Chaplin: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Tel: 07752 384852

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Farmers' Market

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Saturday June 18th  and July 2nd

Our award winning  market was established in 1997 and has grown to become one of the most vibrant and successful Farmers’ Markets in Sussex.

Each month we have nearly 40 producers, offering a wide range of both staple and specialist local produce, plus seasonal guest producers to tie in with the growing year.

The market meets on the first and third Saturday of each month on Cliffe precinct from 9.am - 1pm

 Our stallholders are involved in the production of their produce and the majority are based within a 25 mile radius of Lewes. We visit producers so that we can understand what they do and see how it meets our criteria.  

Ringmer Orchard News


The blossom is coming out now and in the sunny weather the Orchard is looking lovely after the wet winter. Most of the weights are off the trees now and we watch as the bees pollinate the trees and the fruit starts to grow.     Before the grass gets too long we have been digging out young thistles and docks to create space to plant wildflower seedlings and sow wildflower seeds.  At the moment the celandines are out especially where we have cleared the brambles beside the ditch.  

There are always plenty of jobs at this time of year  so  please Contact us if you want to help,  its always welcome. 


Lewes Organic Allotment News
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Wednesday Mornings 9.30 - 12.30
and if you can't make Wednesdays, we’d love to see you on the last Saturday of every month (changed from Sunday) from 
2 - 4pm for tasks and tea, starting in March. There's always a variety of jobs, or just come for a look round. 
Lewes community allotment - food growing all through the year!