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.

    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.