Female farmer and entrepreneur Clare
On her green business idea...
"It was the linseed itself that inspired me. I did some research and realised the whole seed ground down was the most fantastic food."
"After using the ground linseed and trying to develop recipes, I knew the best place to start selling the product was at the farmers market, a great retail spot to go to when you're short of money."
"I took the ground linseed to the market but it didn't look very appetising, so I made a sort of flapjack with it, which we call
On business financing...
"I pulled it up by its own bootlaces. I literally went out to the farmers market, earned money to live and pay the mortgage, with any extra profit I would buy more equipment for the business."
"The farmer of Flax Farm was a friend of a friend, he owned the land and he used to grow a bit of linseed himself. I teamed up with the farmer and we've been in partnership ever since."
On how her business is environmentally friendly...
"We're farming our linseed in traditional fields, the same
"On a bigger scale, linseed is a wonderful source of omega-3, and the popular belief that fish oils are better is just not true! We provide a local solution by using linseed."
"We don't go more than 30 miles to market so we're not bringing fish oil and linseed in from the other side of the world. It's a local produce sold to local customers - it doesn't get much better than that."
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