You see, Tiphereth is part of the Camphill Movement, which was founded in 1940 in Aberdeen, and works to create communities in which vulnerable children and adults with learning difficulties can live, work and learn with others in healthy social relationships, based on mutual care and respect. The worldwide Camphill movement, from its roots in Scotland, has now grown to 160 communities in 21 countries.
Here's Chris's story;
Tiphereth is a Camphill Community in Edinburgh, established 1994 providing Residential, Day Service and employment opportunities for adults with learning disabilities and other complex needs Tiphereth trading was born. We have three parts to our business, Colinton Community Compost, Colinton Community Firewood and our preserves In A Jar. We make totally organic jam, chutney and marmalade and don’t use any refined sugar.
What's the best piece of business advice you would give?
Take your time. It’s really difficult to develop quality products, you really need to research your market and what makes you stand out from the crowd, and it can be very crowded out there.
Where would you like to see your business in 5 years time?
We would like to see our business groups rowing further, allowing us to offer more employment opportunities. Having an established brand throughout Scotland and possibly developing business further afield. We really want to raise awareness of organic food and that everyone should be allowed to have meaningful employment.
If you could only have one of your own products, which one would it be and why?
Our next product will be Scotland’s first organic whisky marmalade. Having sampled it on toasted sourdough, I can guarantee it’s the best breakfast you can have. (Although a dollop of our Raspberry jam in your porridge is pretty tasty).
You can invite one person (living or dead) to your last meal - Who would it be and why? ....and what's on the menu?
Mahatma Gandhi would be a fantastic dinner guest. He was involved in so many struggles, always against violence and trying to encompass all people. We would eat vegetarian and have an array of Indian dishes, plenty of side dishes using our eastern influenced Apple & Butternut Chutney.
The great work at Tiphereth couldn't be done if it weren't for the staff and volunteers who work effortlessly to help better the lives of others, a sentiment that Mahatma Ghandi would wholeheartedly support. If a by-product of their hard work is tasty jams and marmalades, who am I to argue?
I would like to thank Craig for taking the time to answer 5 Questions and wish him and Tiphereth every success in the future.