Concord Grapes

Jenny lived in New Hampshire in the 1970s and remembers the wonderful concord grapes. The vines we planted in the Poly-Tunnel are doing well and taste superb!

Concord Grapes

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Wirksworth Farmers Market

As well as selling produce at Matlock Market every Wednesday we also sell at Wirksworth Farmers Market on the first saturday of each month. This is a lovely market with some great stalls!

Wirksworth Farmers Market

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Matlock Market July

We love trading at Matlock Market on wednesdays, the other stall holders are great and we have lots of regular customers who have become friends!

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Soil Association Visit

We are thrilled to be working towards “Organic” certification from the Soil Association.

We had a great visit with our assessor, we learn so much each time we have a visit!

Soil Association Visit

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Eco Centre Open Day

We had a great time meeting people and talking to them about:

Organic growing, Veg boxes, Volunteering, Recipes…….

We also offered a win a veg box if people signed up for our newsletter:

Sign up for the newsletter to win a vegbox!

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Learner of the Year!

Jeremy, Learner of the Year

We are thrilled that, Jeremy, who volunteers with us was chosen as Learner of The Year. Jeremy also volunteers at the Derbyshire Eco Centre, he has been learning a great deal about growing plants, maintaining paths, and a variety of other skills!

Well done Jeremy!

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Pioneers or Peasants?

We have been trying to decide on a term to describe the people involved with us in growing and selling our lovely, local veg. We chose pioneer but having seen this tweet we would be happy to be peasants!

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Say NO To Plastic and Paper Bags Say YES to Reusable Bags

Re-usable Bags

Re-usable Bags

Here are the reasons that we won’t buy plastic bags for you to take your veg home in! It is not because we are too mean! Please bring a re-usable bag with you or buy one from us, we use the proceeds to support our project.

Plastic Bag Production:
Plastic bags are made from petroleum products and natural gas, plastic bags utilise non-renewable resources, ultimately helping to drive up fuel prices. 0.2% of the world’s oil is used to make plastic bags – about 60 million barrels, worth about £3bn. Most plastic bags come from China, India, Thailand and Malaysia, logos are applied in the Asian factories and then the bags are shipped to the UK, using even more fuel to get them here. The average bag travels about 8000 miles!

Use:
On average each person in the UK collects about 216 plastic bags a year! Each bag is used for an average of 20minutes before it is thrown away.
According to the Wall Street Journal, only 1% of plastic bags are recycled world-wide; the rest are left to live on indefinitely in landfills. A third of us use plastic bags as bin liners. Another third re-use them for shopping. But eventually, more than 98% end up in landfill and about 200million litter the countryside.
Recycling:
Only 5% of us recycle bags. UK facilities are so limited that about 100 million bags a year are shipped back to China. There, they are shredded, melted and turned into plastic beads. The dyes and inks in bags do not make them harder to recycle – but they turn the plastic grey or black. The beads can be used to make new bags. Plastic bags are cheaper than paper bags, but may be worse for the environment.

Disposal:
A plastic shopping bag can take anywhere from 15 to 1000 years to decompose in a landfill site. Plastic bags don’t biodegrade, but are at risk for photo degradation, light exposure dissolving them into toxic polymer particles. Most often, when this happens, it happens in the ocean. According to the British Antarctic Survey, discarded plastic bags have been found as far north as the Arctic Circle and as far south as The Falkland Islands. An estimated one million birds and 100,000 turtles and other sea animals die of starvation each year after ingesting discarded plastic bags which block their digestive tracks. Plastic bags can choke or poison fish, animals and birds, with marine wildlife particularly vulnerable. As a study cited by the Government explains, “when seabirds, sea mammals or fish ingest plastic particles, blocking of the gut is likely to harm or even kill the organism”. The RSPB warns that birds can mistake the bags for fish or nesting materials. If their legs or heads become entangled, it can prove fatal. In the oceans, plastic bags and other waste kill a million sea birds and 100,000 animals such as whales, dolphins, turtles and seals, each year. Once the animal’s body has rotted, the bag is released back into the sea, to kill again and again.Discarded plastic bags are, in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’s words, “an iconic symbol of waste”. Billions of bags are used by shoppers in the UK each year and “far too many of these bags made their way onto the streets and into the countryside as unsightly litter”. Littered carrier bags cost taxpayers in England about £10 million a year in clean-up costs, Defra says.

Paper bags aren’t much better:
The United States cuts down 14 million trees per year to make paper shopping bags. It requires 13% more energy to produce one single paper bag than to produce two plastic bags. Made with chemicals processed at high temperatures, paper bag production releases many toxins into the atmosphere at much the same rate as plastic production. Paper bags weigh nearly ten times their counterparts in plastic, requiring more fuel to ship them out to stores. Despite their high recyclability factor, research shows that only 20% of paper bags end up recycled while the rest share a fate with their plastic brethren. 18 In landfills, paper bags produce over twice as much atmospheric waste as plastic, making them questionable at best as the superior choice for the environment.

Re-usable Bags:
The average reusable bag has the lifespan of over seven hundred disposable plastic bags. Over a lifetime, use of reusable bags by just one person would save over 22,000 plastic bags. So please bring a re-usable bag with you or buy one from us!

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Eggs

Freerange Eggs

Freerange Eggs


We are really pleased to be able to supply:
Fresh Free Range Eggs
From
Rough Grounds Farm, Cubley, Ashbourne
6 Class”A” Large Eggs £1.40
You can add these to your veg box order or buy them from us at Matlock Market on Wednesdays.

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Work Experience

We were very lucky to have Emily from Hightfields School on work experience with us. She also brought along a friend from Switzerland!

They were both very willing and did lots of weeding (garlic) and planting (squash and sweetcorn).

They also worked on the stall at Matlock Wednesday Market. They did some great posy tying:

Emily lunch break

Emily posy tying

Emily posy tying

We even let them have a lunch break!

 

Emily lunch break

Emily lunch break

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