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Foragers - a new local farm in the making

  • Jo & Gary McAlpine
  • Orchard planted 2015 and summer meadow.
  • Chilli seedings in heated propagator.
  • Young chilli plants in "nursery" polytunnel.
  • Mature chilli plants in big polytunnel.
  • Chilli fruits "on the vine"

Foragers have been one of our growers and producers on NeighbourFood from the start.   They are located between Drymen and Balfron so they certainly tick the local box.   The family farm is run by Jo and Gary McAlpine with help on hand from their 3 sons Colin, Gavin and John.  The McAlpines moved to the area in 2014 with ambitions to create a new farm from scratch on what was an old meadow used for occasional horse grazing. 

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Why should we buy local fruit and vegetables?

In the U.K. 4 supermarket chains control 80% of retail sales.

This has a big effect on all kinds of things - from the varieties of fruit and vegetables grown (with uniformity and transportability being valued over taste and nutrients) to the kinds of excess packaging that have become normal.

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Which vegetables contain the most pesticides?

Have you ever thought about which of the conventionally farmed vegetables we buy in the shops have the most pesticides and herbicides sprayed on them while they are growing?

If you are growing your own, which vegetables should you concentrate on if you want to cut down on nasty chemicals?

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NeighbourFood Online Local Food Market Launch

Today we launched our online farmer's market, Balfron Neighbourfood, with a tasting event at Balfron High School!  

Lots of local producers and lots of local people came along to try the delicious fresh vegetables, meat, dairy products, jams, cakes and more that was on offer.

Mark Ruskell, our Green MSP was also kind enough to drop in and say a few words.

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