The Growing the Valley project is celebrating success after scooping the prestigious ‘Enterprise’ award at the Local Food Awards.
Competing against enterprise projects from across England, Tamar Grow Local Community Interest Company impressed the independent Local Food Panel with the way they’re tackling the challenges facing small food producers.
The Local Food Awards are an opportunity to recognise, reward and celebrate some of the hundreds of outstanding community projects that Local Food has funded since the programme opened in 2008.
All 500 Local Food projects were invited to enter the Awards in four categories – Small Grants, Community Food Growing, Education and Learning, and Enterprise. Shortlisted projects were put before an external panel in September, and the winners in each category were unveiled today during the Local Food Celebratory Event at The Lowry in Manchester.
In 2010, the project received £101,649 in funding from Local Food to increase local food production and composting in the Tamar Valley through the development of a series of linked sustainable community food growing projects, working closely with partners, local communities, landowners and growers, and developing the associated growing skills, health and social benefits.
This has involved the establishment of four new Community Supported Agriculture schemes, five new local food co-ops, and the creation of 3 new community orchards. The project has also developed beekeeping courses and grafting workshops, and involved hundreds of volunteers in practical work on land-based projects, as well as marketing and other organisational support work.
Mark Wheddon, Local Food programme manager, said: “The Local Food Awards are a unique opportunity to celebrate and reward the dedicated people who are delivering some of the excellent projects we have funded.
“All of our projects deserve recognition for the work they do, but we are delighted for Tamar Grow Local CIC on their success at the Awards. Their inspirational work with small local food producers to address the problem of rural isolation along with their long-term sustainability plans led to them being named winners of the Enterprise category ahead of their competitors.”
(from a press release)