BBC Spotlight report about Camel CSA’s growing community role

July 15, 2023

BBC Spotlight came to film us at Camel CSA this week about a new report focusing on the future of community food growing in Cornwall.

The inquiry by Exeter University’s Environment and Sustainability Institute and the new Sustainable Food Cornwall partnership found that community growing schemes are flourishing but urgently need access to suitable land, funding and skills to expand and thrive.

It concludes that existing growing schemes succeed against the odds as they overcome barriers including a shortage of land, inadequate funding, short-term leaseholds, lack of infrastructure and equipment.

Camel CSA is one of the case studies in the report alongside Bosavern Community Farm at St Just, Growing Links at Penzance, Loveland in Penryn, Newquay Orchard in Newquay, Soul Farm in Flushing, and Tamar Grow Local in Callington. 

We’re all part of a new Good Food Map charting the many agroecological producers and community growing schemes across Cornwall. It’s a work in progress that aims to recognise the huge diversity of sustainable food businesses across Cornwall.

Community Growing in Cornwall  The impact and potential of local sustainable food growing in Cornwall – produced by Sustainable Food Cornwall and the University of Exeter, supported by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Leadership Board’s Community Growing Working Group.

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