Dartmoor chilli farm established in 2007 is located on the outskirts of Ashburton within the beautiful Dartmoor National Park. It is run by Phil and Kay Palmer. Kay has trained in floristry, horticulture and holistic therapies. Phil has a diploma in computer studies and is the chilli enthusiast. They grow over 90 varieties of sweet pepper and chilli plants along with rhubarb, herbs and vegetables.
They run the farm holistically and organically without the use of herbicides or pesticides and use nature and hard work to minimise the damage caused by pests such as biological control, companion planting, and regular hand removal of slugs and snails which are given a holiday to another part of the nursery. Being both vegan we realise the importance of living in harmony with nature and our surroundings and therefore do not kill any pests but encourage natural wildlife habitats to create a greater biodiversity.
“We have a very low carbon foot print and caring for the environment is very important to us. The nursery is off grid therefore we create our own electricity with 4 large solar panels and a small wind turbine, up until July 2009 we only used rain water which we collected in over ten 1000 Litre water buts. We now have a bore hole which has given us our own drinking water and allowed us to water the plants with a hose pipe when necessary. We consciously re-cycle all of our household waste and by conscious shopping methods have not had to add anything to landfill in over two years.” Says Phil.
They have an extensive range of vegan chilli chocolate with the exception of the milk chilli chocolate. The range of dark chocolate contains 70% cocoa and is available in plain, orange, mint and coffee. The vegan theme continues in the range of chutneys along with the chilli jam, sauces and chilli jelly.
“We are passionate about what we do and proud of everything that we have achieved, in a world where most companies are only concerned with gross profits we are a small company who have embraced a sustainable living which allows us to work in harmony with nature whilst holistically growing and producing a range of chilli plants and produce that we can sell locally and nationally.”
You can find out more about the Dartmoor Chilli Farm at their web site www.dartmoorchillifarm.co.uk