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.
& 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
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
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
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'.
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
Photographer, joint site planner.
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.