“Tamar Grow Local” in England is an unique model of a sustainable food system that works with communities on a range of connected activities. The area covered is the Tamar Valley includes the market towns of Tavistock, Launceston, Callington and Saltash.
Some groups plant and maintain orchards valley. A Pig Society rears Oxford Sandy and Blacks in a Community Orchard. An online Farmer’s Market brings together the best of local & seasonal produce in one place. A programme called Grow, Share, Cook provides opportunities for households on lower incomes to improve healthy eating and cookery skills in the city of Plymouth.
Tamar Grow Local is a not for profit Community Interest Company (CIC) set up on co-operative principles for the benefit of the community. This structure allows trading and has the ability to create a number of more specialist co-operative ventures under its umbrella to meet demand.
Starting in 2019, the Tamar Valley approach will be replicated in other areas of the UK and help more people become involved in productive horticulture.