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Camel residents grow their own

Growing their own food for members to share

Camel Community Supported Agriculture or Camel CSA is launching a project to get more people growing their own produce.

Following £60,000 in grants, the group launched its Growing Food, Growing People project.

The project aims to promote local food, and connect people with the land where their food is grown.

The scheme was launched at the groups vegetable plot at St Kew Highway.

Camel CSA in action
Over 50 households support the North Cornwall project

Funding for the non-profit project has come from two donations that complete the £60,000 grant.

£47,984 is from the Big Lottery Fund's Local Food Programme and £12,484 from the East Cornwall Local Action Group (ECLAG).

The money will allow the group to invest in equipment to develop and enhance their operations.

New equipment will include three poly tunnels, a bore hole and water tank, irrigation system, sheds, a small tractor, horticultural tools and rabbit-proof fencing.

To celebrate the influx of cash, the group will be constructing their first poly tunnel.

Reflecting on the funding, chair of Camel Community Supported Agriculture, Charlotte Barry said:

"This financial injection will enable us to move forward and to work with wider groups of people within the rural community in north Cornwall to promote links between fresh, seasonal food, good health and well-being."

Camel CSA
Camel CSA members receive a plaque from East Cornwall Local Action Group and the Soil Association

In addition to the new equipment the project will offer volunteering, educational and social opportunities for disadvantaged and unemployed people.

The opportunities will be run through local partnerships with community groups, charities and schools.

There will be at least ten educational sessions and over 100 people will take part in site visits.

The project also hopes to reduce the food miles of local produce.

Camel Community Supported Agriculture has been running for two years and is supported by volunteers from 50 households.

The members give their time to cultivate vegetables on a two-acre plot for a weekly veg box scheme and buy in additional produce from local growers.

For more information on the Growing Food, Growing People project or Camel CSA you can visit the group's website by clicking here

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