The new tenants at mainland Britain’s most southerly farm are seeking to raise more than £1,000 to set up a “veg-enterprise” to provide greens for the local community.
The Amiss family will use the money to start growing vegetables on an acre of land which they then plan sell to their local community on the Lizard Peninsula.
The farmers recently moved from Dartmoor after signing a 20 year tenancy with the National Trust for Tregullas Farm, which sits between Lizard village and Lizard Point.
Their vision is to restore the farm to working order and already have sheep, goats and cattle grazing on its field, as well as ducks and chickens in the farmyard.
Rona Amiss, who took on the tenancy with husband Nevil, said the aim was to bring the farm back to life, providing produce to local people and business and improving the local environment.
The family have already raised more than a third of their £1,200 on Crowdfunding site crowdfunder.co.uk
She said: “This project is to raise some funds to develop a veg enterprise on just one acre in the first year, but expanding to five by 2016.
“Here we are looking to grow garlic, brassicas, salad leaves and some flowers for cutting. These will be sold to the local community and to the local businesses so they can offer the best Cornish produce to their customers.
“To make this project a success we need to purchase seeds, hand tools and a set of discs to enable us to cultivate small areas of land as we need to plant them.
“This will mean that we can improve the soil structure and reduce the reliance on contractors. Long term success of the project will mean that we will be able to offer some rewarding local employment and fresh low cost produce with zero food miles.”
When the previous tenant left Tregullas Farm, the National Trust consulted widely with the local community to ask what they wanted from the farm that sits between the village and Lizard Point.
Local people responded that a working farm was vital and that local food, wildlife, access to walks and views were important too.
A number of local community groups were formed to look at new uses for old buildings, a community food enterprise and how wildlife could be allowed to thrive on the farm and these were drawn together to form the basis of the new tenancy.
A National Trust spokesman said: “‘It’s really exciting to welcome the Amisses who are very keen to manage the land for wildlife as well as sustainable food production. With the help of Natural England, new wildlife ponds have been dug on the farm, bird seed mixes sown amongst the arable crops and ‘chough friendly’ coastal grazing extended along the cliffs.
“In the safe hands of Rona and Nevil, the southern most farm in mainland Britain will continue to be a fantastic place both for wildlife and people.”
For more information visit http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/tregullas-farm/