- The URGE People -
"   'SIC’s Environment Forum were in awe' ...   "

The four U.R.G.E. people listed below are all involved jointly in the creation, preparation, production, harvesting, processing, packaging and delivery of our produce. We have put our energy and time into URGE on a voluntary basis amounting to (on average) about 100 hours a week, funded the poly tunnel and land purchase, used almost 100% recycled materials and have so far achieved all of this with no public funding.

Sarah McBurnie:
     - Marketing & Acquisitions, joint site planner.

   Sarah moved from West Yorkshire to Shetland in June 1993 and says she felt as if she had come home. She has been working as a qualified Shetland tour guide since 2000.
    Sarah is passionate about 'GREEN' issues, an inventive recycler, is very well connected and has excellent marketing skills. She has always been an enthusiastic gardener and grower.

Jennie Howitt:
      - Company Secretary, Treasurer, Book-keeper.

   Jennie was born in Edgware, North London and came to Unst in 2006 with her husband Dave. She has worked in banking and foreign exchange for Lloyds Bank and American Express.
    She later specialised in re-insurance and held a Lloyds of London 'ticket' allowing her to settle multi-million pound professional indemnity claims. Jennie has the ideal background to be URGE's book-keeper and secretary. Jennie describes herself as having 'green fingers'.

Dave Howitt:
 Trials, research & development, joint site planner.

   Dave spent 22 years in the RAF as an electronics technician travelling the world and has retired to Unst, having discovered the island when he was posted to RAF SaxaVord in the mid 1970's. Dave is another keen gardener and was an allotment holder for several years.
   He attended the 'First Steps in Business' course has been on several horticultural short courses and usefully has personal contact with Charles Seddon of CN Seeds.

Steve Gifford:
- Photographer, joint site planner.

   Formerly from Lancashire, Steve worked in management for a worldwide bedding company, then owned a own grocer's shop. He moved to Shetland in 2005 and fell in love with the islands, the people and the way of life.
   Steve joined URGE in March 2008 after helping out with trials in 2007. He keeps the photographic record up to date and helps Dave plan the year's crops which obviously have to be rotated. Steve is a first class planter/sower and his interest in gardening stems back to his childhood.

Salad growing in raised beds