The Dartmoor Hill Farm Project
The Duchy of Cornwall provides funding and staff resources to assist with the Dartmoor Hill Farm Project, which is co-funded by Dartmoor National Park Authority and the Rural Development Programme. The project provides an advisory and sign-posting service to farmers on legislative changes, grant schemes and land management. It also provides an excellent means of keeping farmers updated on key issues whilst bringing the community together.
The Dartmoor Farmers Association
The Dartmoor Farmers' Association is a meat marketing initiative inspired and supported by The Duke of Cornwall. The Association, which now trades as Dartmoor Farmers Limited, was established in 2008 as a means of adding value to beef and lamb produced on the moor. A co-operative of over 60 farmer members, it now sells beef and lamb reared on the moor to local pubs, shops, hotels and individuals.
Dartmoor Woodfuel Co-op
The Dartmoor Woodfuel Cooperative was established in 2009 in response to a growing need for local and sustainably produced fuel. The Duchy has installed several biomass boilers across its national estate, including at Tor Royal Farm near Princetown, and has worked with local farmers and landowners to help create The Dartmoor Woodfuel Cooperative. Timber is sourced from local woodlands, including those owned by the Duchy, and a bespoke wood-fuel storage building is now being installed at a Duchy farm to ensure that the fuel is kept dry. The Duchy is investing substantially in the building and the Woodfuel Cooperative currently supplies wood-chip to some 26 boilers within the Dartmoor area.