a helping hand from defra...

There is a great deal involved in setting up a box scheme, from establishing a grower group through to getting the staff and equipment we need to help us pack the boxes. Back in September last year we approached the government for a little bit of help to get us started. After five months of Defra deliberations we have just received a letter telling us that our application has been successful. This support will be a great help for us to do things like develop the web site to contain more information on our crops and support our grower group meetings. It will also help us to concentrate on growing crops that are most suitable for the farm while being exciting and tasty in the box.

I am sure that you all will have heard farmers and growers berating Defra for the mountains of paper work and bureaucracy that modern farming entails. And it