We are The Edible Garden Company, a small family-run business based in the beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside. We comprise of husband and wife team Mark & Julia and our daughter Molly.
We started growing our own fruit and veg many years ago in response to the ever-growing number of food safety scares and concerns about food miles and the environmental issues related to modern farming practices. Through doing so we discovered a great love of being outdoors and experiencing the immense satisfaction of growing our own food.
After tending one, then two allotments, followed by setting up and running a one-acre market garden business in Nottinghamshire, we decided to follow our hearts and our (Mark’s) roots and return to our (Mark’s) beloved Wales to further our dream of self-sufficiency and a healthier lifestyle. An interest in the principles and practices of permaculture led Mark to undertake the Permaculture Design Certificate course (PDC) and since then we have always incorporated this philosophy into our growing and our lifestyle. All of our food is grown using organic methods and permaculture and no-dig principles.
All three of us have a great love of learning new skills and sharing ideas and have been volunteers as well as hosting volunteers through WWOOF UK. Mark has run training courses at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, where Molly is now a second-year horticulture apprentice.
Although not certified organic we don’t use any chemical pesticides, herbicides or fertilisers, or any GMO products. We are members of the Wholesome Food Association and as such we have an ‘open door’ policy and actively encourage visitors to come along and see how we grow our food. We are always happy to show our customers around the garden and share our experiences and knowledge so please do get in touch if you would like to arrange a visit!
At the moment we are only growing for our own needs while we look for land to buy. If possible we will be regenerating an overused grazing paddock and turn it into an abundant, diversity-rich market garden with the aim of supplying the local community (and ourselves!) with healthy, organically grown, seasonal produce.
We will be running a variety of courses to give even the most amateur of gardeners the confidence and skills they need to encourage them into the wonderful world of sustainable growing.