New growers and farmers wanted to kick-start market gardening enterprises

    Tamar Grow Local CIC are looking for new growers and farmers wanting to kickstart horticultural enterprises in the Tamar Valley.


    The community-interest-company has an established network of 1-acre starter plots called Mill Lane Acres for people who want to begin, or scale up, their own horticultural business in West Devon and South East Cornwall.


    Grow, Share, Prepare to kick-start food careers in Plymouth

    Tamar Grow Local are looking for volunteers in Plymouth interested in a future career in the food industry. Grow, Share, Prepare is a project where jobseekers will gain a wide-range of skills working with different businesses, restaurants and chefs in Plymouth and play a key role in helping to develop a market-ready prepared meal made from seasonal local produce. The ‘ready-meal’ will be for sale at local outlets and will support Plymouth’s Grow, Share, Cook project with a donation from every meal sold.

    Accolade for volunteer project reducing food insecurity

    Grow,Share, Cook, Plymouth's volunteering scheme which provides free locally-grown food for the benefit of families in Plymouth was declared ‘exemplary’ by the leader of the original project in New York during a fact-finding visit.

    Grow, Share, Cook sees volunteers grow fresh produce for fruit and veg boxes which are delivered free to families who need them most, along with help to prepare and cook healthy, nutritious meals.

    Mill Lane Acres Farm-start tenancy renewals complete for 2017/18

    Annual Tenancies at Mill Lane Acres, Tamar Grow Local’s farm-start project in the Tamar Valley for new growers and farmers are now complete for 2017/18 with business tenants Rabbit Acre, Tamar Valley Vines, Native Flower Farm and Cornucopiaalchemy taking up their plots and business support for another 12 months. The Naturally Vegan Plot have taken the decision not to renew their tenancy at Mill Lane Acres.

    Tamar Valley Apple Juice produced at Duchy College

    Tamar Grow Local pressed over 2.5 tonnes of apples this Autumn sourced from orchards across the Tamar Valley to make over 1400 litres of juice which will be sold under the Tamar Valley Apple Co-operative label.

    Saltram Christmas Festival

    Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a spot of shopping at the Saltram Christmas Festival Craft and Food Fair. Soak up the festive atmosphere and stroll among the local Christmassy craft and food stalls while sipping on a warm glass of mulled apple juice. Then gather in the house for ‘Enchanted Saltram’ and get caught up in the stories that have unfolded into decorations galore.

    Survey Results revealed at Tamar Valley Daffodil Project Conference

    The much-loved National Lottery funded Heralds of Spring project, celebrating and recording local varieties of daffodils in the Tamar Valley landscape, held its conference earlier this month, where results from the spring survey were revealed. With standing room only, the conference was packed with volunteers who had taken part in the survey earlier in the year, local daffodil growers & experts and those who share an interest in the market gardening industry of the Tamar Valley. All were eager to find out what had been discovered throughout the Valley last Spring.

    Tamar Grow Local shortlisted in Business Awards

    Tamar Grow Local has been shortlisted in both the Western Morning Business Awards in the category of Best Community Contribution and in the Cornwall Sustainability Awards in the category of Best Contribution Towards Creating a Sustainable Food Economy, from Nature to Plate. 

    These annual awards celebrate business excellence in a range of different categories and attracts a large number of entries from businesses large and small from across the south-west. 

    Speakers announced for 10 year anniversary conference: Blog post

    We're so excited for our 10 year anniversary conference taking place on Friday 6th October and looking forward to welcoming The Real Farming Trust, Open Food Network UK, Plymouth City Council and Food Plymouth to speak about their brillant work with local food. Tickets are available from eventbrite Hope to see you there!

    Claire Horrell, Real Farming Trust

    Funding Enlightened Agriculture

    Tamar Grow Local celebrates 10 years

    Tamar Grow Local is 10 years old in 2017 and we would love you to come and help us celebrate at some of the following events in October!

    Wed 4th October – Honey Fair, Callington Come along to see live honey extraction demonstrations and join us for a slice of honey cake. We’ll also have honey on sale, details of bee-keeping courses and bee-keeping sundries for sale.