Helen is a grower based in Manorbier. She has multiple stalls where she sells her produce, and sells her produce in other local farm shops. Helen is committed to using natural methods to grow her produce, utilising seasonal crops to give her customers a wide variety of fresh and seasonal fruit and veg.
What is the involvement with the WCFD project?
Helen was approached in June of 2023 to supply Manorbier Community Food Hub, which is based in the Giraldus Centre. In Helen’s involvement with the project she has partnered with another local farmer and wholesaler, Priory Farm, to give consistent quantities of produce and increase the offer at the community food hub. They are working as a co-operative to offer more varieties of produce, including seasonal fruit and salad.
What aspect has been most useful?
Supplying the hub has enabled her to contact the Giraldus Centre and apply to put a new stall outside of the community centre, expanding the food hub’s opening times to 24 hours. Supplying the hub has enabled Helen to expand her customer base and given her business extra visibility along with a confirmed order a week in advance that helps reduce food waste.
What is the result of being involved in the project?
Through Helen’s partnership with Priory Farm Shop, Helen has expanded the range of produce offered at the community food hub, and has grown a new customer base. The food hub runs alongside other events in the Giraldus Centre and has increased footfall and added value for the centre’s users.
"You never know who might pick up a bag of our coffee from the community vending machine." - HELEN EVANS
"I want my produce to be the way nature intended it to be ... I use natural methods to grow my veg and avoid pesticides and chemical fertilisers." - HELEN EVANS