A snail farm in the Hampshire country side making use of waste vegetables to rear edible snails.
A snail farm in the Hampshire country side making use of waste vegetables to rear edible snails. Read more
As a family we like to shop for food locally as much as possible and try to reduce waste. We have a small area of unused land and would like to farm meat to sell locally. Snail farming is a great alternative source of protein and the snails will happily eat vegetables from the surrounding farms that would otherwise go to waste.
We plan to create a small snail farm using free range sustainable farming methods producing several thousand edible snails per year. We live in the beautiful rural countryside of Hampshire near to where the river Bourne rises and later becomes the river Test. We hope that some of the beauty of this setting will come through in our snail's flavour.
Initially we intend to farm about 5,000 head of happy Hampshire snails, but would look to expand if there was enough customer demand.
Any money raised will be used to pay for the materials to build the enclosures, buy initial stock and any feed that may need to be bought when no suitable waste vegetables are available.
It may take two seasons to rear any snails big enough to eat, depending on the age of stock we can buy in.
Once our snail farm is in full production, we intend to promote the eating of snails as an alternative to other meats by producing a number of snail based food products such as smoked snail sausages and snail pate.
I hope you will join us in our journey into the world of heliciculture.
Risks and challenges
Our major challenges will be the creation of a set of snail enclosures and finding local customers for our snails.
I am pretty handy with a hammer and saw, and have studied snail enclosure plans from around the world (the internet is a great resource :-) ). I intend to build all of the enclosures myself over the next few months, and will regularly publish a record of my progress.
To create a customer base I intend to approach local restaurants and pubs to suggest they include local snails on their menus and offering recipes and tasting sessions if required. We also have a number of local community shops and a farmers market to try.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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