Becoming a Member

If, like FARMA, you believe that a farmer’s role in the food system is important and that where possible they should be supported to sell direct to the public, then FARMA would love to have you as one of our members.

As the trade association supporting farm retail, FARMA plays a pivotal role in:

  • Helping members to develop and run farm retailing businesses, from farmers’ market stalls through to farm shops.
  • Providing benefits tailored to our members' needs in order to help them save money or improve their business.
  • Lobby and work with local and national government and partners to ensure the voices of farm retailers are listened to.
  • Promote the values of true farm retailing to the public through the use of social media and press partners. 
 

 

Membership Categories

FARMA membership is open to a broad range of retailers, from new start up through to established farm retailers. If your business fits one of the categories below, we would welcome a membership application from you.

 

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Why would you want to be a member of FARMA?

All members are different and need different help and support. To ensure that each member gets the help they need, we are always developing our membership offering. All members get access to an area of the website which lists all associate members, benefits, events and technical papers. This gives you complete access to the information on the benefits available and how to access them when needed.

Below are just a few of the ways in which we support our members :

Providing the advice needed to run your business

  • Membership of the FARMA Primary Authority in Trading Standards with Norfolk County Council. Fed up with not having clear advice on Trading Standard issues? This scheme sees one council provide approved advice which all councils have to follow
  • Access to phone and e.mail support from the FARMA management team.
  • Technical guidance from many of the 30 FARMA Associate Members.
  • Technical Papers on key issues such as business rates, health and safety and many more.
  • (Coming Soon) Access to a dedicated professional panel made up of Savills (UK) Ltd consultants and partner organisations, providing free response and one to one advice over the phone.

Reducing the cost of running your business

  • Discounts through over 30 FARMA Associate Members.
  • Discounts with Bookers of 5%, which has seen over £50,000 paid back to members in the past year alone.
  • Discount with Country Choice of 8%, which has seen over £12,000 in savings to members in the past year.
  • Industry leading discounts for key overheads such as electricity, phones, oil, building supplies, LPG, Nisbets and many more through AF Affinity.
  • Credit Card rates as low as 0.47% for debit cards.

Networking and training to keep you at the top of your game

  • Regional members meetings run across the UK, providing local peer-to-peer support.
  • Dedicated member meetings for member groups such as Farmers' Markets and PYO.
  • Access to a private members' discussion forum (hosted on Facebook), which sees members exploring suppliers, management issues or just having a catch-up.
  • An annual three day conference. This event brings together case studies, expert speakers, site visits, awards and trade show.

Training dedicated to FARMA

  • Leadership and Management in Farm Retailing: A six-day course exclusively developed for FARMA members.
  • New to Farm Retail: A one-day course open to members and non-members (discounted for members).
  • New Apprenticeship in Farm Retailing run by Easton and Otley College.

Promoting Farm Retailing for the benefit of your business

  • New “Real farmers’ Market” Certification Scheme. Be part of one the world’s largest schemes designed to protect the brand of real farmers’ markets.
  • Close working relationship with Government departments to ensure farm retailing is part of their decision making.
  • Actively promoted web platform comprising of website, Twitter and Facebook
  • Regular articles in specials, national media including Specialty Food and Diversify Now.

Would you like to find out more? Please feel free to call the team on 01638 676747 or drop us an email on info@farma.org.uk.

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Types of Membership and Costs

Membership Category

Year 1

Year 2

FARM SHOP, FRIENDS OF LOCAL FARMERS AND PYO

£175.00 plus VAT plus a £1.00 membership share

Category 1 = £175.00 plus VAT

Category 2 = £275.00 plus VAT

Category 3 = £375.00 plus VAT

FARMERS’ MARKET ORGANISER

£175.00 plus VAT plus a £1.00 membership share

Category 1 = £175.00 plus VAT

Category 2 = £275.00 plus VAT

Category 3 = £375.00 plus VAT

FARMERS’ MARKET STALL HOLDER

£50.00 plus VAT (if supplying a FARMA members market)

£100 plus VAT (if you do not supply a FARMA members market). Plus a £1.00 membership share

£50.00 plus VAT (if supplying a FARMA members market)

£100 plus VAT (if you do not supply a FARMA members market). Plus a £1.00 membership share

ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP

£495.00 plus VAT

£495.00 plus VAT

Note:  1

  • Category 1 = turnover between £0-£250,000 pa, or below 3 market
  • Category 2 = turnover between £250,000-£1 million pa, or 4 to 9 markets
  • Category 3 = turnover over £1 million pa. or over 10 markets

The value of the membership package clearly outweighs the costs and as such we hope that we are offering you value. However if you have a specific need, please contact the team and we will see what is possible!

How does the membership process work?

The FARMA team try to provide the help and support you need both when you are a member and when you are looking to find out about membership. If you wish to talk through any of the above or have any concerns about the membership process, you can call the FARMA team on 01638 676747 or e-mail info@farma.org.uk.

The application process is all via the website. We have done this so that your details are in one place and kept on a central members’ database. The process is simple and will not take long. It’s broken into a couple of stages.

  • Sign-up
  • Agree to the Direct Debit request (this will be emailed to you on completion of your application form). The DD kicks in in year two of your membership. When your membership is approved we will invoice you for your year one fees.

  • Application sent to the FARMA Council for approval

Finally, if you would like one of the team to call you and talk you through the application process we are happy to do this. E-mail with a time when we can call and include the best number to get hold of you on and we will endeavour to help.

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If you have any questions about becoming a member or the process of membership please give the team a call on 01638 676747