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Hi Sarah

I see that Mike has not published any part of the story I sent for the last issue. The story is obviously local, topical and important, which is presumably why it was published by five local Parish magazines, two local papers and I was interviewed on the subject by BBC Radio Cornwall. In fact the only publication that did not see the story as being important and interesting enough to be published was Jacobstow Journal, our local parish magazine! That is amazing!

This time I have two stories for publication. I would like you to print them as they are. If you find you need to shorten or change them in other ways, kindly confirm the changes with me prior to publication.

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Story 1:

MP praises fascinating renewable energy project

Dan Rogerson MP, with his family, number of Cornwall Councillors and a other guests have visited Paul & Celia Sousek at Cottage Farm, a local organic farm powered by renewable energy.

Cottage Farm we have cut their carbon emissions by 110% (no, not a misprint!), by reducing energy consumption and by generating more energy than needed to run the home, to run the farm, to drive and to deliver their farm produce to their customers. Apart from various insulation and energy saving products, the installation includes solar thermal panels, heat store, wood burner with boiler, solar PV panels, wind turbine, bore hole water and even home made bio-diesel made from waste vegetable oil. As a result they now use almost no fossil fuels, have minimal energy bills and the fresh Red Ruby meat boxes delivered free of charge to customer all over North Cornwall are not only organic, but also carbon-neutral and much more environmentally friendly. What is more, as an organic farm they do not use expensive fertilisers or other chemicals and with the total energy bill being so low, their organic meat is now cheaper than meat from conventional farms and shops."

Paul says "We hold Open Days about once a month in the hope that we can encourage as many people as possible from St Gennys, Jacobstow and other local parishes to visit, to better understand what it means to have an energy efficient property and consequently to benefit from low energy bills. If you would like to attend our next free Open Day on 14th August or any future Open Days, please book a place at www.Superhomes.org.uk or phone Celia on 230 548"

The visitors were treated to a presentation, which Paul has previously given at several conferences on the subject of Ultra-Low Carbon Farming. Both Dan Rogerson and many of the Councillors have asked numerous questions and have shown great deal of interest in the work being done here. There was time for coffee and cakes as well as inspection of some of the equipment in use, and the children in particular loved the newly born calves and lambs happily hopping about in the orchard. Lovely and an informative day all round.

You can read about Cottage Farm at www.TransitionNC.org (click on Food Producers Directory and look up Cottage Farm), find us on www.BigBarn.co.uk or just telephone Celia on 01840 230 548 and ask for a brochure.
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Story 2:

Jacobstow Food Market Closes

Paul & Celia of Cottage Farm set the market up in December 2010 and it has been held every month throughout the harsh Winter and Spring until June.

Our intention was to offer an alternative source of food from local producers to the residents of Jacobstow and neighbouring parishes. We were hoping to help local food producers to stay in business, to sell direct to local residents and thus to create a measure of food resilience for our neck of the woods, which we thought would be useful in the near future when energy, travel and food will become that much more expensive as energy prices go through the roof and the financial system gradually crumbles.

However, the level of interest from local residents has not matched the minimal reasonable expectations of the stallholders. Consequently, at the last market in June the organisers and the stallholders have jointly decided not to continue with the venture, and thus no further Local Food Markets will be held in the Jacobstow Village Hall.

The Local Food Market has attracted a wide range of local food producers, including Cottage Farm (organic beef and lamb), Wooda Farm (organic lamb & vegetables), Season’s Harvest (organic vegetables), Sooz Sweet and Saucy (jams & chutneys), New Witheven (plants & woodcraft), Whalesborough Cheese (home made cheeses), Bangors Organic (organic vegetables, bread, eggs), Deli Farm Charcuterie (sausages & salamis), Tintagel Honey (honey) and Jersey Cow (milk, cream, butter, spring water). We thank them all for their patience and forbearance.

We would also wish to thank all the customers who have taken the time to attend the market and in particular Judy Dawkins, who helped with refreshments and Bob Reason for his help.

It should be noted that none of the stall holders expected to earn significant amounts of money from the market sales, which in general contribute only very little to their turnover and usually nothing to their profit. The reason they all persevered for seven months was in an effort to help establish a culture of mutual support between the residents and local producers, to gain some level of local resilience and thus to help our community cope with the coming difficult near future.

If there is a clear wish from a large section of the community to restart the Local Food Market, we shall be ready to do so. In the meantime you can find details of all the producers at www.TransitionNC.org (Local Food Producers) and order direct from them, if you wish.

Paul & Celia Sousek, Cottage Farm, tel 01840 230 548, email Cottage.Farm@tiscali.co.uk

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Also, I wanted to look at the Journal Constitution. Can you kindly email it to me?
Thanks

Best regards

Paul