The Farm Retail Association (FRA) began its life as the the Farm Shop and PYO Association (FSPA) on October 11, 1979 at the Farmpick Conference in Birmingham.
Realising that the farm retail industry had no supporting body, a group of like minded farmers took the reigns and began their own. To this day, we adhere to the same principles, supporting, sharing and learning with one another. A great many people and businesses have benefited from membership of the Association over the years, many being farmers who have had to learn retailing from scratch.
Above all, the association has enabled many lasting friendships and local groups to develop. We have shared a drink; shared our bright ideas and our problems; emulated each other’s successes and tried to avoid each other’s failures. We have a network of friends all over the country where we can call for a chat.
The association is proud and thankful to have always had a passionate team of people championing the families, teams and businesses who grow and sell Great British produce, and we’re always delighted to welcome friendly faces old and new.
Whatever area of farm retail you are from, we are here to help you and your business. We are Stronger Together.
The Council acts on behalf of the Association and its members, and is responsible for establishing the policy of the Association and management of its affairs and activities. Please meet our current Council members below. Applications to join Council are welcome and can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.