A record-breaking year of Hospiscare donations from Darts Farm pick-your-own sunflowers

Laura White
Laura White

Over the summer months visitors were drawn to Darts Farm’s vibrant yellow fields of pick-your-own sunflowers. These positive and cheerful flowers have raised a total of £6,542 for Darts Farm’s chosen local charity, Hospiscare, with a running total of £38,554.75 raised over the past 12 years.

Michael Dart said: “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity to help make our pick-your-own sunflowers for Hospiscare a record-breaking year. From our brilliant customers who have come to pick them, to Pearce Seeds who donated the seeds for planting – you have all helped us to give a much-needed donation to a local charity that’s so close to many of our hearts.”

This year has been very different, with visitors on staycations and locals really taking some time to appreciate what is on their doorstep. Everyone seems to have gone back to enjoying the simpler things in life; wondering around the fields, breathing in the fresh Devon air and enjoying the beautiful estuary views.

James Dart, commented: “Our Sunflowers not only brighten up your day but provide much needed food for wildlife and under-threat bees. Once the flowers die down, they are enjoyed by birds, who feast on the seeds. They are an important part of our sustainability practices and passion for looking after local nature.”

Hospiscare offers free support and expert care for those with a terminal diagnosis in the local Devon community and provides a vital source of support of their families at times of real need.

The fundraising hasn’t stopped yet though. Darts Farm’s amazing Maize Maze is still open with all proceeds going to Estuary League of Friends; another brilliant local charity who look after the elderly and vulnerable in our community. They care for those in need of comfort and support.

After 25 years Darts Farm remains a family business run by the Dart brothers; the retail looked after by Michael and James and the farm headed up by Paul. The business is, at its core, still a working farm, and sells all of its home-grown produce directly through the farm shop. With Ruby Red Devon cattle grazing in the fields, Paul and his team harvest a wonderful selection of fresh fruit and vegetables daily, which are sold in the food hall and used by the restaurant in their delicious seasonal dishes.

For more information about Hospiscare: www.hospiscare.co.uk
Further information about Darts Farm visit: www.dartsfarm.co.uk, call 01392 878205, follow on Twitter @dartsfarm or ‘like’ on Facebook.

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