• Can Farmers' Markets Improve Access to Fresh Local Produce for Families on Low Incomes? Anne-Marie Bur Common Cause Co-operative, 1999, 9pp. (Free) (Download PDF doc)
  • An Evaluation of Three Farmers' Markets in Lewes Anne-Marie Bur, Topsy Jewell, and Katharine Rayner, Common Cause Co-operative, 1999, 53pp. (Download PDF doc)
  • 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 Book Tina Deubert Common Cause Co-op, 2004 40pp. (OUT OF STOCK) (Download PDF doc)
  • Healthy Eating Initiatives and Food Provision in Primary and Secondary Schools Anita 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 Area Lucy Alston Common Cause Co-operative, 2005 (Download PDF doc)
  • Reducing Food Miles: Forging Better Links Between Food Producers and Village Shops in Sussex Anne-Marie Bur SRCC, 38pp. (OUT OF STOCK)

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Welcome to Common Cause, a Lewes based, not for profit social enterprise, that promotes the local economy by supporting sustainable farming and facilitates wider access to local foods and direct access to involvment in growing food. You can become a member of Common Cause Co-operative and help support us and your local community by filling in a membership form.
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:


Seedy Saturday Lewes

 Seedy Saturday 2015 will be held on the 7th February from 10am to 3pm at Lewes Town Hall.

Adults £1, Children Free  


Seed swap    •    Talks    •    Gardeners Question Time    •    Workshops    •    Childrens Activities    

Plants and Seeds for sale    •    Community Growing Projects    •    Cafe


Tamar OrganicsThe Organic Gardening Catalogue, Glyndebourne and Wyevale have donated seeds for our seed swap

Bring your saved seeds to exchange!


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11am Dr Alan Rae - "Biological Pest Control"

12am Joanne Carnell - "Looking after insect pollinators in our gardens"

1.00 - 2.30pm Gardeners Questions Time with local experts: 

                     Kevin Martin, Head Gardner at Glyndebourne

                     Sarah Rideout, Lewes Community Allotment and Compost Doctor

                     Bernard McDonagh, Sussex Community Seed Bank

                      Henry Macaulay, Gardener at Parham House, Storrington



Demonstrations and Workshops:


11.30am & 1.30pm: Pruning Tool Sharpening demonstrations with orchard expert Peter May

 (bring secateurs and horticultural knives if you'd like to have a go)

Willow Weaving Workshops with Annemarie O'Sullivan - follow link to book online

Childrens Activities


 Delicious Food by Moveable Feasts and Hamsey School 

 See you at Lewes Town Hall on 7th February from 10am to 3pm.


  Thank you to all the volunteers who help make this event such a success.

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 Pruning Courses at Ringmer Orchard


Farmers' Market

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Next Markets Saturday February 7th and Saturday February 21st

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

Training in Apple and Pear Tree Pruning

Sunday 22nd Feb 10am - 1pm  and   Thursday 26th Feb 10am - 1pm 

Learn how and when to prune, about different root stocks, encouraging strong healthy growth and a plentiful harvest. 
Training will be held at the Orchard, Broyle Place Farm, Laughton Road. 
Cost: free to members and £15pp for general public. 
Contact   Katharine Finnigan for more information or text 07887828249 and I will call back. 
Please wear plenty of warm clothing and waterproof boots and jackets as the wind whips across the Orchard. 







LOAP news
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Goes all through the year! 
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