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Group puts its produce up for sale

Fresh fruit and vegetables that have been home grown by adults with learning disabilities are being sold.

The produce has been grown from seed without the use of chemicals or pesticides and can be purchased from the Sleekburn Horticultural Skills Unit, situated on the former Earth Balance site in Bomersund.

Over the coming weeks potatoes, white turnip, cucumbers, courgettes, cabbage, onions, spring onions, tomatoes, garlic, leeks, peas, beans, blackcurrants, raspberries and melons will all be ripe for picking and will be on sale to the public.

There are also fresh eggs available on a daily basis at the facility.

The Northumberland County Council community scheme provides vulnerable adults with an opportunity to learn horticultural skills, meet new people and develop their self-esteem while preparing them for future employment or voluntary work.

Northumberland County councillor Susan Dungworth said: “The project gives people with all levels of learning disabilities the opportunity to plant, grow and harvest crops while doing physical exercise.

“The produce is picked from the field daily, tastes wonderful and really is as fresh as it gets.”

To find out what produce is ready, email sleekburnhtu@northumberland.gov.uk or call (01670) 530111.

 

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