The Green Campaign
At Tortworth Estate Farm Shop, we’re passionate about the condition of our planet and the choices which people are making in order to save it. Climate change is one of the biggest headlines in the news at the moment and the effects of global warming can be seen all around us. We believe that it is possible for everyone to make a difference to the effects we are having on our planet and have made changes ourselves in order to help preserve our planet for future generations.
In our opinion, the support of local producers is essential in the quest towards a more sustainable way of life and small changes like this could mean a big difference to our world. Our butchery counter is supplied by local farmers for example Elm View Herd. This cuts down the food miles for all of our meat as transport costs are reduced and no overseas travel is required, causing a reduction in the consumption of fossil fuels and in air pollution. In addition to the effect on air miles, buying from local farmers also helps to protect the British countryside and also helps to protect local wildlife. Our pies, pasties, ready meals and desserts are also all produced on site by hand, using meat sourced from our butchery. This again helps to reduce the transport of our food and also cuts down on any emissions from production.
In the shop, we also stock Field Fare produce. Field Fare are suppliers of ‘scoop your own’ frozen fruit, vegetables and bakery products. They strive to use locally sourced ingredients and all of their ingredients are ethically sourced. As the frozen goods are ‘scoop your own’, the require minimal plastic packaging and customers can even bring their own reusable containers, preventing unnecessary plastic pollution. This also means that customers are able to choose exactly how much they want, which in turn reduces wastage from having to buy larger packs than they needed. We have also tried to minimise our use of plastic packaging in the cafe by sourcing biodegradable coffee cups and cardboard take away cake containers as well as providing paper straws.
We also aim to obtain the energy required to power both the shop and the cafe through a sustainable energy source. Our electricity is provided by photovoltaic solar panels which can be seen in the field behind the shop. These cells convert the energy which they absorb from sunlight into electrical energy. They electricity which they produce then enters the national grid and can be used to power both the farm shop and the cafe. Our heating is powered by a biomass boiler which also helps to reduce our consumption of fossil fuels.
Despite all of this however, we are still striving to reduce our impact on the planet as much as possible. If you have any suggestions for ways to further reduce our impact, feel free to let us know!