• 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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Welcome to Common Cause, 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 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....

Growing Fresh Ideas!


New Grant from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund

We are excited to introduce our new 'Growing Fresh Ideas' Project.  With generous support from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund we will fund workshops on food growing and farming for people with disabilities starting this September.

“We are delighted to have won this grant” said Sarah Rideout who runs Common Cause’s community allotment. “Getting out in the fresh air, sharing planning, planting and harvesting can be such a powerful way to improve people’s health with the added bonus of taking home fresh fruit and vegetables”.

Owena Lewis, qualified therapist and farmer will lead supported activities on her farm in Hamsey, Lewes. “This money will make an important contribution to helping people who have experienced extreme trauma in their lives build confidence and be better able to cope with daily challenges” says Owena.

The Growing Fresh Ideas Project will also work with students of Plumpton College who have learning disabilities, helping them towards getting jobs. “The young people will harvest and sell fruit grown at Ringmer Community Orchard, helping them to gain valuable work experience” said Sarah Rideout “we will also be raising local employers awareness of the need for young people with learning disabilities to gain employment”. 

A new Project Manager post has been created to co-ordinate this, and will be in place September 2015.   

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Farmers' Market

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 October - Saturday  3rd and Saturday 17th

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

 All our stallholders are all involved in the production of their produce and are based within a 40 mile radius of the town. We visit all our producers to ensure we understand the growing or production practise and that it meets the required criteria.

Ringmer Orchard News


The Harvest is doing well. Scrumptious is nearly ready and an amazing crop on the Adam's Pearmain.   membership form 

 Dates for Diary

19th and 20th September Harvesting Apples Open to all. Buy some unusual and Sussex varieties and help us bring in the Harvest.


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