News from local projects
Tamarisk farm is polishing barley and experimenting with millet
Adam Simon says, "it's all about increasing resilience. The more we have support from the local community, the more we can experiment with new crops that are suitable to a changing climate.” Just as farmers need to be adaptable, so too can consumers.
Tamarisk Farm has been producing and processing grains and pulses for some time. This year they have been trialling millet production, to see how this works in current conditions.
They have also started using a small-scale barley polisher which enables them to turn a crop generally produced for animal feed into a product for human consumption – delicious pearl barley, as well as milled barley - which is a great ingredient for baking. They may invest in a roasting machine, which could see home grown organic Tsampa in the UK for the first time.
Haypenny Market Garden supplying to our local shops
Low/No-till market gardeners Lally and Tomas have been adapting not only to the changing climate but also the pandemic - working out how best to go forward. We miss them at their stall in South Street. For updates follow @haypenny_market_garden on Instagram
“It feels like the deep green and crunch of summer is very nearly here!” So they have now delivered mixed salad, the first of the cucumbers, garlic, rainbow chard, broad beans and baby kale to their main current outlets Fruits of the Earth and Felicity’s Farm Shop.
Edible Garden at St Mary’s Primary could become an ambassador for a climate adaptive allotment
Food security is an enormous issue with not only Climate Change but COVID19 and Brexit too. The Edible Garden provides fresh fruit and veg to the school kitchen, promotes healthy eating and provides outdoor community events celebrating cooking from scratch. Under lockdown, it is providing considerable produce for the Cupboard Love Food Bank.
It uses many climate adaptive methods – including protecting soil through intercropping, mulching, no-dig, and making biochar; they use open pollinated seeds, and this year planted an orchard and an edible hedgerow. There are several vegetable beds, two polytunnels, a cobb oven and mud kitchen.
The Edible Garden is a joint project between Transition Town Bridport, Home in Bridport and Opera Circus, with the primary school. They’d encourage other schools to follow suit.