A Taste of Lincolnshire
The students went to visit (former SGS student) David Ball's horticultural nursery during their 'Taste of Lincolnshire' Workshop near Clay Lake, Spalding.
In six years as a young entrepreneur, David combined two small family businesses and developed the Bridge Farm Group into four key brands - Neame Lea Nurseries Ltd (plants), Neame Lea Fresh (potted and cut culinary herbs), Zyon UK (cut flowers) and Neame Lea Marketing (packaging and pre-merchandising) - all of which form a high-tech, cost-effective and cutting-edge horticultural company with a £26.4m turnover.
In July 2019, Bridge Farm became part of Canada’s Sundial Growers Inc. The transaction enabled Bridge Farm to extend its expertise in growing high quality plants to produce premium, safe cannabidiol-based wellness products and supplements. Bringing this expertise and environmental credentials to cannabidiol products opens up a significant opportunity for the business.
The students had a tour of the vicinity in which the majority of the wholesale products grow. They were able to have a look at the process of planting a seedling and learn about the significance of certain substances, like the acidity of the soil, ect..
It was an eye-opening experience to see the scale of the business and all the machinery which is used throughout the nursery site.