Aim of the event was to inspire and upskill commercial growers to take advantage of the trend for locally grown produce by learning more about organic growing methods and mixed vegetable farming, demonstrating opportunities to develop a sustainable local food system that sells produce directly to the local population through a box scheme and to food outlets including supermarkets. The event took place at Blaencamel Farm.

Aim of the event was to inspire and upskill commercial growers to take advantage of the trend for locally grown produce by learning more about organic growing methods and mixed vegetable farming, demonstrating opportunities to develop a sustainable local food system that sells produce directly to the local population through a box scheme and to food outlets including supermarkets. The event took place at Blaencamel Farm.

Blaencamel Organic Farm

Blaencamel is a certified organic farm with 1.5 acres of protected crops and 12 acres of field vegetables. The farm is approximately 50 acres in total and the soils are varied, mostly heavy silt and medium to heavy loam.

 

Key take-home messages

- Factor in water as it can seriously affect the economics and viability of the business, particularly when growing undercover.

- Be aware of what crops are easy to sell and high value produce, such as aubergines, watercress, tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers

To consider

Is there a marketing opportunity around promoting locally grown produce during and after Brexit and in advance of the Sustainable Farming Scheme being implemented?

Next Steps

  1. To organise further farm visits of interest to participants in other areas of Wales and at different times of the year
  2. To possibly hold another visit to Blaencamel, later in the year to view the field scale veg in more detail
  3. To continue to grow the network and encourage ownership/engagement from growers
  4. To continue to listen to the sector and deliver what they want as per the scoping exercise.