St Mary’s Farm Up For Royal Cornwall Show Award

Chris Riddle

Chris Riddle

Salakee Farm on St Mary’s is being considered for a £1,000 prize funded by Prince Charles.

Dave Mumford and Kylie Carter’s duck meat venture has been selected as one of the final twelve businesses in the Royal Cornwall Show’s Duke Of Cornwall award.

It’s offered to farm-based businesses that have successfully diversified.

Chris Riddle is the Royal Cornwall Show Secretary and he visited the farm on Tuesday to judge the entry.

Chris says it’s great to see a small farm with a young family looking at different ways to keep the business thriving. And he says the produce is “really good.”

Chris says judges assessing entries from Scilly always take the challenges of running a business on the islands into account. Even a simple thing on the mainland, like obtaining straw for bedding down the ducks, can present a challenge here, he says.

Last year Troytown Farm on St Agnes and Churchtown Farm on St Martin’s made it through to the final.

Chris says it is shame that there weren’t more Scilly entrants this time and wants to encourage more people to take part in the future. He says the application and judging process is very simple.

The winners should be announced within the next week.

Chris hopes that islanders will support the show, taking place at Wadebridge between 4th and 6th June.

He says the event is designed to appeal to both Scilly and Cornwall although he accepts that it’s not so easy for islanders to participate in the livestock classes because of the transport involved.