Farm Start

    Starter Units for new growers and farmers in the Tamar Valley

    In  2015, following support received from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, UnLtd. and the Plunkett Foundation, Tamar Grow Local launched the provision of starter horticultural units through a Farmstart project in the Tamar Valley called Mill Lane Acres. The project is aimed at new growers wanting to access parcels of land of between 1-3 acres to kick-start their fruit, vegetable and flower growing business ideas. Tamar Grow Local provides the land, support and advice along the way and routes to market for fresh fruits and vegetables.

    In 2017, Mill Lane Acres is now home to 4 small business tenants including a vineyard, traditional market gardens, development orchard and a flower growing business. Although early on in the development stages, we hope to be harvesting a wide range of local produce over the next few years.

    What we can offer:

    • 1-3 acre parcels of land in the Tamar Valley
    • Share of equipment including hand tools, bulk purchasing of agricultural contracting services, and a small van subject to appropriate licenses & training.
    • Practical advice from our growing mentors on how best to use your site.
    • Sole use of a poly-tunnel, and water harvesting tank
    • Access to electricity supply
    • Business advice from our Tamar Grow Local Business Development Manager
    • Access to wholesale markets to sell your produce
    • Access to retail markets to sell your produce including farmers markets.
    • Access to EHO approved test kitchen space (off-site)
    • On-site parking

    Eligability

    We are looking for people living and working in the Tamar Valley  including Plymouth, who would like to either start their own horticultural business or expand on an existing business idea. We will want you to produce a business plan and a management strategy to show us how you will use your land. We can help you develop your business plan  to help ensure your growing idea and business plan is robust and commercially viable. Starter units will be provided on an annual tenancy with the option to renew. This will cost you in the region of £500 per annum, payable in one lump sum or in two six monthly installments.

    Further plots are available, please contact us for further information.