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Community / Veg growers hope crowdfunder will bear fruit

Photo: Transition Turriefield

LOCAL social enterprise Transition Turriefield has launched a crowdfunding campaign in a bid to increase its vegetable production.

The initial target is set at £5,000, and the money would be used for items like polytunnels, irrigation systems and wood.

On Wednesday afternoon the campaign had bypassed the £500 mark.

West side based Transition Turriefield, which is run by Alan Robertson and Penny Armstrong, says the money would “secure the long term sustainability” of the project.

Donations are met with rewards in return, from a raised bed planted in the donor’s name to 10 veg boxes.

Armstrong said: “As a community group we’ve been growing veg for over nine years.

“We’ve never had grant funding to support the day to day veg production. It’s been self-financing as far as it goes, but we depend heavily on volunteers to make everything work.

“We’ve reached a stage where we need just a little extra financial support to get the last of the equipment and materials in place to generate enough income to start paying a living wage and make the project viable.”

The money will allow Transition Turriefield’s veg box scheme to expand, while more produce will be able to be sold in local shops. This resulting income will help its various projects like education work and support for vegetable and fruit growers.