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Citizenry in action!  An entire village turns against supermarkets and grows its own food By LUKE SALKELD /London Daily Mail It was a sitcom that inspired many a household to live off the land. Serratiapeptase And although it might not attract the likes of Margo and Jerry to move to the area, serratiapeptase an entire village is trying its hand at the Good Life. Serratiapeptase In a bid to become less dependent on supermarkets, serratiapeptase the residents of Martin are working together to become as self-sufficient as possible. Serratiapeptase The Hampshire village is now home to hundreds of real life versions of the characters played by Felicity Kendall and Richard Briers, serratiapeptase who lived off the land in the 1970s BBC comedy. Serratiapeptase They work on a rota system and raise their own chickens and pigs and grow potatoes, serratiapeptase garlic, serratiapeptase onions, serratiapeptase chillis and green vegetables on eight acres of rented land. Serratiapeptase Of the 164 families who live in Martin, serratiapeptase 101 have signed up as members of Future Farms for an annual £2 fee, serratiapeptase although the produce can be sold to anyone who wants to buy it. Serratiapeptase The "community allotment" sells 45 types of vegetables and 100 chickens a week, serratiapeptase and is run by a committee which includes a radiologist, serratiapeptase a computer programmer and a former probation officer. Serratiapeptase In The Good Life, serratiapeptase Tom and Barbara (played by Richard Briers and Felicity Kendal) try to live a self-sufficient lifestyle by converting their garden into allotments Nick Snelgar, serratiapeptase 58, serratiapeptase who came up with idea in 2003, serratiapeptase said the project was gradually "weaning" villagers off of supermarkets. Serratiapeptase He said: "I like to think of it as a large allotment in which there are lots of Barbaras and Toms working away. Serratiapeptase "There are also Margos as well, serratiapeptase but everyone can get involved. Serratiapeptase "The nearest supermarket is six miles away. Serratiapeptase Of course people still have to go there for things like loo roll and deodorant and fruit you can't grow in Britain. Serratiapeptase "So we aren't boycotting supermarkets entirely but we are gradually weaning people off them and as a result are reducing our carbon footprint by not using carrier bags and packaging." Every Saturday the produce is sold at the village hall   The good life: The village of Martin nestles in the Hampshire countryside Mr Snelgar, serratiapeptase a horticulturalist, serratiapeptase said the VAT-registered co-operative had grown so much that last year it had a turnover of £27, serratiapeptase000 - most of which was ploughed back into the scheme. Serratiapeptase He said: "We began with vegetables and we found that all the skills we needed were here in the village. Serratiapeptase "After the vegetables we introduced chickens and then pigs and we learned inch by inch. Serratiapeptase "We have other producers whose goods we sell and they include a sheep farmer and someone who has honey. Serratiapeptase Much more at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=559580&in_page_id=1770