Were awarded £15,844 (40% of total project costs of £39,711), of LEADER Funding from REAL Devon to support building renovation costs and the purchase of equipment to produce apple juice. The new equipment will increase the efficiency in production and grow the output for this apple juice producer. Creating local employment through 2 fte jobs being created and increasing the turnover for this rural micro business.
Little Emlett Orchard, in Black Dog, was established in 2007 by the current owners Catherine Povey and Chris Mellor. The rural micro business produces apple juice and was started in 2007 with the planting of 300 trees, and 200 trees in 2008. After 5 years of establishing the trees the first batch of apples was processed in to juice – all on site.
This initially was a family run concern and production was mainly for family and friends. However in the past 2 years the demand has grown to local shops, cafes, and pannier market stalls. Now the owners are looking to move this to a more commercially run business.