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Tamar Valley Food Hub - About Us
Tamar Grow Local www.tamargrowlocal.org is establishing new food hubs in the Tamar Valley, designed to make buying local food easier for consumers and complementing the range of produce on offer at farmers markets in the area.
Tamar Valley Food Hubs is similar to a veg box scheme and online supermarket, based on a collection and home delivery system. We provide the best of seasonal Tamar Valley produce and offer opportunities for our customers to visit producers and take part in food related activities such as bee-keeping and orchard management.
Tamar Valley Food Hubs is a non-profit making social enterprise made up of small-scale food and drink producers and their customers. By using us as part of your weekly shop, you will be directly supporting small producers and benefitting your community.
Where we've come from and where we're heading
The Tamar Valley has a long history as a centre for food and flower production, which characterised its distinctive landscape (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). In its heyday in the 1950's, before the advent of cheap oil, market gardening was a major industry in the area, supported by eight to ten thousand people, and with grower's co-operatives of 600 members or so. The microclimate and long growing season supported many local varieties of fruit and flowers suited to this climate. We believe that this cultural heritage is very relevant in today's changing climate, to understand ways to sustain and regenerate the landscape, community and local economy.
Our vision is that the Tamar Valley becomes, once again, an area well known for the range and quality of local produce, including food and cut flowers, which has been grown sustainably and is affordable to all who live in the area. Also, that the Tamar Valley is able to support local producers to earn a good living whilst helping to achieve this vision.
With the development of the Tamar Valley Food Hubs, Tamar Grow Local is looking to promote and encourage increased availability of sustainable and affordable local produce in the Tamar Valley and surrounding areas, including Tavistock and Plymouth and to spread awareness of the many benefits attached to the production, preparation and consumption of local food.
This project represents a key opportunity to provide a model for local food, promoting the principles of localism and local distinctiveness. The project has an opportunity to expand in a number of directions working with partners and local communities to deliver our vision, and could include establishing a local food hub to a major urban centre at Plymouth.
The Food Hubs project is part of the Cordiale project's Tamar Valley 'field trials' http://www.tamarvalley.org.uk/projects/cordiale/ aimed at re-establishing local supply chains between producers and consumers.