Tangmere recently invited eight students to the business who are working on a collaborative community project looking at mango production in Gunjur, The Gambia. The visit enabled the students to shadow the team at Tangmere and learn all about our processes including the growing, harvesting and packaging of our peppers.

The visit is part of the ‘Thriving Through Venture’ volunteer programme which involves 16 to 18 year olds in Wiltshire and Swindon. The programme will teach these young volunteers how to work together as a team in their local communities, and also with fellow young people in the community of Gunjur, The Gambia, building on the long relationship that the town of Marlborough, Wiltshire has with this community.

The work for 2018 will include 3 projects encompassing activities both in the UK and in Gunjur, which will develop specific practical skill sets as well as general wellbeing and resilience. The outcome of their work will be the production of a feasibility study to be presented to potential investors in a mango business. They will also be working with the Fairtrade Foundation to integrate their practices into the plan.

During the visit to Tangmere the group learned how food gets from ‘source to plate’ by following the peppers journey from the growing and harvesting process in the glasshouses, through to our quality control and packaging plant. Tangmere Managers were also on hand to answer questions from the group in a Q&A session.

Caro Strover, Director of Thriving Through Venture said: “Thank you so much for such an informative and interesting talk and tour. It has provoked lots of discussion and really engaged all of us.”

Ben Godfree, Tangmere’s Packhouse Operations Manager, said: “It was nice to see the amount of enthusiasm from the group in their questions to us. I hope they have seen everything and more that they need to push their project forward and wish them all the best in Gunjur.”

If you are interested in finding out more about the Thriving Through Venture programme, please contact Caro Strover: caro@ttventure.org and visit: ttventure.org

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