Read about the producers - all of whom are growing using organic methods (with or without certification) and are within a 10 mile radius of Findhorn, Morayshire.
kAREN HUGHES, BRUNTLANDS veg, ALVES
I'm Karen and I stepped out of the office and into a pair of wellies in the summer of 2012, when I started my new career and passion as an organic veg grower.
In 2014, I took part in Nourish’s New Farmer Programme, and studied modules in organic horticulture (relating to fruit and veg), sales, marketing and business. As part of this course, I completed a ten month apprenticeship with Maggie Sutherland at the Natural Vegetable Company in Inverness, in order to clock up more practical hours and hands on experience. During this time, I also continued to work at Roseisle Gardens near Elgin running their box scheme and assisting with the growing.
I launched Roots, Fruits and Leaves in the summer of 2015 and am now the main veg producer, based at Bruntlands Farm in Alves, where I rent a commercial size polytunnel and some land, approximately half an acre. This is also the base for packing the veg boxes. I am applying techniques at the farm from my interests in permaculture design, 'no dig' permanent beds, organic growing and biodynamics.
We also supply produce to the Phoenix Shop in the Park and the Bakehouse Cafe in Findhorn.
pam and NICK RODWAY, Wester Lawrenceton Farm Ltd (cert. org), Rafford
Wester Lawrenceton Farm has been certified organic for 20 years and is run by Pam and Nick Rodway.
Nick has been an organic farmer for almost 50 years, having worked mainly with dairy herds and Pam has worked for the Soil Association in various roles until her retirement.
They grow soft fruit - currants, gooseberries and raspberries and top fruit - apples, pears and plums as well as vegetables and herbs on their 5 acre farm, near Rafford in Forres.
They also supply Huntly Herbs and the Bakehouse Cafe in Findhorn village.
If you want to volunteer with Pam and Nick at Wester Lawrenceton Farm (cert organic), Rafford you can phone Pam on 07739 385272 or email email@example.com
Lieselotte Franke, Roseisle ORCHARD, college of roseisle
I'm Lieselotte and I bought Roseisle Farm in 2004, 37 acres all in all. My childhood dream has always been to create an orchard. I guess, I have to thank my grandmother for that.
So I planted about 100 apple trees, including some old heritage varieties. The harvest is now increasing steadily every year. I also planted a number of edible hedges for wildlife, windbreak and the production of wildfruit and nuts. Since I bought the land it has been organically tended and currently I am looking at having it Demeter certified in order to keep fertility and soil health.
After caring for my land for 9 years on my own and with the help of friends, I have leased 5 acres to 'Roseisle Gardens' since 2013. Next year's project is to build my house here to be able to tend my trees even better.
Lieselotte also supplies the Phoenix shop in the Park as well as the Bakehouse Cafe in Findhorn village.
If you want to volunteer at Roseisle Orchard contact Lieselotte on 01343-831331, mobile 07795511857 and email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Howard Stollar, Rafford
Howard began his horticultural career as a Royal Parks Apprentice in London in 1968. From there he went on to manage an organic kitchen garden for a health clinic and subsequently worked as a biodynamic gardener at a Steiner school in Hertfordshire. He then ran his own professional gardening business for many years and his passion for growing organic food continued in allotments in North London.
Together with his wife Susan, also a professional gardener, they live on a 4 acre small holding in Rafford - An Grianan (the sunny spot) - where they have a polytunnel, a greenhouse and around 750 square metres of veg beds. Howard moved up to this area in 2011 to work for Trees for Life and continues to focalise and volunteer for them. They are both passionate about growing fruit, veg and plants, primarily for themselves and are happy to supply surplus produce when its available.
They would like to donate the proceeds from the sale of their produce to OXFAM, a charity close to both their hearts.
Kerry mcinnes, ardgye house, alves
Kerry left her career as a scientific research fellow at Edinburgh University in 2012 and returned home to Ardgye House in Alves to run the family bed and breakfast business. She recently started restoring the 1-acre market garden where her parents grew organically here in the 1980's. They used to deliver fruit and veg in an old Bedford van to the greengrocers in Elgin. The garden was then left to its own devices and it has taken quite a bit of work to get it back in to some kind of order. The whole place was covered in 6 foot tall ferns which just kept coming back so we invested in some Tamworth pigs who have cleared and ploughed the land for us.
Growing at Ardgye is helping her get back to her roots - she is still learning and the Covid-19 lockdown has forced her to do a lot of things on her own - Kerry will be growing quite a lot more this year, including heritage potatoes and carrots, squash, beans, peas, beetroot and lots more.
green bridge organics, the park, findhorn
We are the Bogale family - Fasil, Sally and our daughter Willow. Green Bridge Organics is our family’s coffee roasting company, which we have been running since 2016.
Fasil is a chartered accountant and coffee roaster extraordinaire, and Sally is a project developer and fundraiser, supporting charities which promote sustainable communities.
Six years ago we decided to leave London and commit to more low-impact, organic lifestyle ourselves. We are delighted to find ourselves up here in Moray, where we learn so much from all the initiatives for local food and local economy, and where Willow can enjoy a wild, free childhood.
Fasil comes originally from Ethiopia, where coffee is a central part of cultural life.
So for us it is very important to buy the best, organic, fairly traded beans from across the World and roast them locally so that they are super-fresh and retain all the health benefits that good coffee brings.
We are based at Findhorn Ecovillage and also sell at the Phoenix shop. From May 2018 onwards we will be the in-house coffee at the Phoenix cafe at the Park, offering regular tasting sessions.
You can also look at our twitter page, website and our monthly blogs if you want to learn more about us.
Adam csenki, blue bazzar tea, hopeman
Adam loves brewing kombucha at home in Hopeman and is passionate about a great taste, a real and living drink, and simple ingredients. After completing the Tea Champion Course from the UK Tea Academy, Adam set up Blue Bazaar Tea to focus on teas grown a little closer to home; primarily from Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan.
Kombucha is made by adding sweetened tea to a starter culture of bacteria and yeast. The sugar and the caffeine are converted during fermentation into many different organic acids, which have been shown to be beneficial to the gut. Kombucha is a refreshing, lightly sparkling drink which is naturally low in sugar, as most is converted into probiotic acids.
Adam's kombucha is made with tea leaves from western Asia, British sugar and no unnecessary extras. Each batch is a living product and continues to live and evolve in the bottle.
Adam is working hard to reduce waste in his business wherever possible, so please return the bottles with their flip caps so they can be refilled! Empty bottles should be returned open.
IN COLLABORATION WITH THE PHOENIX SHOP, THE PARK, FINDHORN
Our ambition is that we can run the box scheme all year round with local produce - but I expect it will take a couple of years, a bit more planning and a few more producers to achieve that goal! In the meantime, we buy in fruit and veg and share delivery from the wholesaler that supplies the Phoenix shop - Organic World - in order to supplement the produce that we can get from local growers.
organic world wholesalers (cert. org), bathgate (between edinburgh and glasgow)
Organic World have been supplying quality Organic fruit and veg in Scotland for over 20 years. Their aims are to provide their customers with great value produce in a timely and efficient manner, to support local growers (seasons depending) and to promote the Organic movement. They are fully certified as an organic processor so you can rest assured that you are getting fully traceable Organic products.