PRESS RELEASE: The FARMING COMMUNITY NETWORK & SUMMERDOWN MINT PULL TOGETHER TO SUPPORT BRITAIN’S FARMERS

We are delighted to have teamed up with Summerdown Mint, growers & distillers of the UK’s finest peppermint, to help support farmers across Britain. At a time when the farming industry is increasingly aware of the need to support farmers and with 2020 marking the 25thanniversary of both organisations, it seems the perfect time to forge this relationship. 

Summerdown has pledged to help spread the word about FCN initiatives through its trade and consumer marketing campaigns and relationships with some of Britain’s best farm shops. As a farm team who understands the need to adapt and farm for the future, Summerdown also wants to support farmers by sharing their own personal experience of weathering change and recognising the need for diversification. Farmers are being tested and challenged all the time and FCN’s newly launched online resource hub, Farmwell, offers an abundance of information to help those members of the farming community who need it most. 

Summerdown, based in North Hampshire farms 3,000 acres of wheat, barley, oats and essential oils of peppermint, lavender and camomile. It was thirty years ago when founder Sir Michael Colman and Farm Manager Ian Margetts set about diversifying into essential oils. Skip forward a few decades to today and they now grow around 100 acres of English peppermint, transforming it into the world’s finest peppermint oil which is used in their award-winning chocolates, teas and body, bath & home products.

Summerdown Farm Manager Ian Margetts said: “The support that FCN provides to the country’s farming community is invaluable and we’re proud to partner with such a forward thinking charity. FCN’s Farmwell resource is a brilliant hub for building personal and business resilience. Farming isn’t easy, but, if we adapt to change and embrace it, we can turn it into a positive. We want to help FCN reach more farming communities to spread the word about their brilliant work and ultimately help FCN raise more funds.” 


For further information about this press release, please contact Eleanor Parton on eleanor@fcn.org.uk

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