(L to R) Sam Elmore, Livi Rhodes and Hamish Evans working on the new plot. Four young farmers who started growing vegetables for their local community during lockdown have bought 16 acres of land to expand their operation. The Middle Ground Growers crowdfunded almost £100,000 to purchase the land in Upper Weston, Bath, Somerset. Their not-for-profit venture saw them offer vegetables to residents during lockdown and they are now aiming to provide food for 400 local families. Bath, Somerset. 04 February 2022. See SWNS story SWBRfarm. Four friends who started a veg box scheme during lockdown have crowdfunded £100K to buy their own FARM - to help provide for hundreds of families. The 'Middle Ground Growers' group of pals provided around 65 organic veg boxes a week to local people during lockdown - all delivered by bike. But they have now raised enough money to buy sixteen acres to turn their venture into a farm - and feed more than 600 families with their five a day. Hamish Evans, 24, Xavier Hamon, 39, Livi Rhodes, 31 and Sammy Elmore, 29, began growling veg on a small rented plot when the shop shelves were bare in 2020.