Hi! I’m Dan. My partner and I want to grow the healthiest fruit and veg we can for the people around us.

We are a couple of veg lovers, wanting to get back to our roots, and grow nutritious, real food in the most ecological way we can. For our health, our community, and that of the planet.

We both grew up helping our green fingered parents grow food on allotments or on the potato patch, and then moved away from this as we grew older. In our 30s, we both helped on farms, experimented with veggies in the garden with varied successes, and want to be part of a local, resilient food system that keeps us healthy. A food system that can stand up to challenges like Brexit, Covid, climate change and whatever else is around the corner.

We have been experimenting with different fruits and veggies, and are really looking forward to scaling up so that we can feed more people! And on top of this, we are going to share the growing space so that we can support our community to learn about and participate in growing in a regenerative way.

After learning about “Regenerative Agriculture” and its ability to rebuild our soils, nurture our bodies and reverse some of the harm we have done to the planet (including global warming), there really was no choice – we had to take the necessary steps towards becoming part of the solution and not adding to the problem. Our “no dig” veg beds are full of local compost, and our first year is going really well so far.

We know that it will be a steep learning curve growing so many varieties for the first time, but we are ready for the curveballs nature will inevitably throw our way.

Grass roots

I bought a field with my brother many years ago, because we wanted access to our own land, like the old days. Allotment waiting lists are nonsensical, and are prohibitive to most of us who want to connect with the land and grow.

After years of trial and error and reading lots of books on market gardening techniques and no-dig farming, I’m ready to get stuck in and see how much food I can grow for my community.

Food poverty

Living in food poverty is something that didn’t happen when we all had access to land, before it was taken away. Our ancestors grew together on common land, and now since the financial crash of 2008, and Covid, millions of people don’t have enough to eat. Mid-Cornwall is especially hard-hit.

So, we are committed to planting extra seeds, to account for problems in the field, and once our veg boxes are full, we will donate excess veg to local food banks to support those experiencing food poverty.

Eco-activism

We are both committed to lobbying the government when it comes to environmental issues, and regularly take part in action that raises awareness of the need to respect and repair our damaged planet. This unfortunately, doesn’t seem to be getting very far.

The loss of habitats, seed sovereignty, rising CO2 levels and pollution are all important issues that so easily get missed out when governments have more immediate priorities. Taking back control of our food is the least we can do, as a grassroots way of helping the planet.

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