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    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.

    Tamar Grow Local collaborates with local artist and University of Exeter for Creative Exchange.

    Tamar Grow Local is collaborating with The University of Exeter and Tamar Valley based artist Rosie Fierek through the Creative Exchange Programme which aims to facilitate collaboration between creative practitioners and Environment & Sustainability Institute (ESI) researchers who share an interest in issues of environment and sustainability. Rosie Fierek’s artwork is inspired by the work that Tamar Grow Local undertakes in the area, stimulating and incentivizing local food production and consumption.

    Crop Horticultural Therapy Gardens in Plymouth receives funding from Livewell Southwest

    A grant of £12,400 has been provided by Livewell Southwest to continue its partnership with Tamar Grow Local.

    CROP gardens in Stoke provides horticultural therapy for people with mental health conditions. The produce is then sold via Tamar Valley Food Hubs, Tamar Grow Local’s online farmer’s market.

    The grant is being used to fund a member of staff from Tamar Grow Local who provides specialist horticultural knowledge and support for service users and volunteers working at the site.

    Native Flower Farm joins Farm Start project in Tamar Valley.

    Kelly Chevin, Native Flower Farm

    Native Flower Farm has joined four other tenants at Tamar Grow Local’s Mill Lane Acres, a farm start project located in Metherell, in the Tamar Valley.

    Native Flower Farm which was originally established on the Bere Peninsula is moving to Mill Lane Acres this month where owners Kelly and Pete Chevin will be busy getting their plot planted with seasonal scented flowers, foliage and herbs ready for their busy summer weddings schedule. 

    Work begins to record Tamar Valley’s historic daffodils

    The recently announced Heritage Lottery Funded project, to record and raise awareness of the special historic daffodil varieties growing in the Tamar Valley landscape, is now underway.

    Fairtrade is for local producers too: Blog Post

    When we think of fairtrade, coffee and chocolate from Africa and South America often come to mind, with farmers receiving fair prices and terms, but fairtrade has a very relevant role to play in the UK and in our area, the Tamar Valley too.

    Fairtrade Fortnight starts today and does a great job at promoting the benefits of fairtrade and the stories of the many growers involved in the movement across the world. 

    Oxford Real Farming Conference - Blog Post

    Simon Platten from Tamar Grow Local at Oxford Real Farming Conference 2017

    It was a real treat to be able to go to the Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC) this year, a great way to kick start 2017. The range, breadth and depth of speakers was incredible as well as all the fringe meetings and networking during the breaks.

    The magnificent Oxford Town Hall rang with excited chatter from no-till to British farming post Brexit, heritage cereals to the politics of food pricing, there really was something for everybody.

    Plymouth University becomes a collection point for Tamar Valley Food Hubs

    Students, staff and members of the public are now able to collect fresh local produce from the University of Plymouth campus every week.

    Thanks to a partnership with Tamar Valley Food Hubs, fruit and vegetables produced along the banks of the river will be delivered to the university every Friday.

    The online farmers market, which specialises in local produce from small growers, producers and farmers, now has a collection point at Drakes Café.

    Apple Season is Here! - Blog Post

    Apple Season is here and what a busy time it is! The Tamar Valley is famed for it’s enormous variety of local cider, cookers and eating apples with wonderful names such as Pigs Snout, Lady’s Fingers, Colloggett Pippin and Hockings Green, with many old trees in the valley, still heaving with fruit every Autumn. Every evening this week, we’ve been picking apples, delighted by the range of sizes, colours and weights we’re finding.

    Apply for funded support to set up or strengthen a local food project to build food resilience

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    One of the major stumbling blocks to building vibrant and resilient local food economies as alternatives to the supermarket system has always been scale.  It is difficult to compete on price when supermarkets are sourcing from enormous mono-culture farms in Africa and Eastern Europe.

    Now there is hope for a solution to this issue in the shape of the Open Food Network (OFN) which has the potential to revolutionise how food distribution happens.

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