The Co-operative Group manages a total estate in excess of 70,000 acres (28,328 ha) throughout Great Britain, which it is committed to farming sustainably. The first farm was acquired at Roden, Shropshire in 1896 in order to supply potatoes to local societies' stores. By 1918, the then Co-operative Wholesale Society already farmed a total of 32,648 acres (13,212 ha) across England.
Following the merger of CWS and Co-operative Retail Services in 2001, CWS Agriculture became known as Farmcare. It was rebranded as The Co-operative Farms in 2007.