Today is earth day, a day that was first held on the 22 April 1970. It's a day to demonstrate support for environmental protection, promoting clean living and a healthy, sustainable habitat for people and wildlife alike. 

Here at GCHQ we don't just spend one day thinking about this, we believe every day should be like this. In fact I didn't actually realise how much I was doing this until I put a tweet out on Sunday " This weekend stats: 88 panes of glass, one door, four windows, 352 clips, a cut finger, one smashed pane, a few cross words and the last pane of glass is finally in. Not a bad way to get through a weekend. #greenhouses"

Butterfly on Buddleja

Butterfly on Buddleja

This was about the third greenhouse that we finally got erected and already it is full of chillies. We have five greenhouses in total, and two tunnels, all the greenhouses are second hand, as is one of the tunnels. We only buy new when we have to and would much prefer to recycle whenever we can. In this last year I have managed to gain one greenhouse plus enough glass for one and a half greenhouses that I have secured second hand. One persons waste is another man's treasure, has never been a truer saying and one that we believe in wholeheartedly. A lot of the containers we use are also second hand from local farms, they are used on the farms as they contain livestock supplements but once empty they are left with empty containers to dispose off but they make great plant pots. Yes, maybe they are plastic but we've just ensured they aren't single use but multiple use.

We don't buy anything containing plastic for the business unless there is no other option. And any plants that you will buy from us this year will be in coir pots and peat free compost (we use Dalefoot Compost - made from sheep wool and bracken).

These are just small steps but something that everyone can do, so please think before you buy. And remeber earth day shouldn't be just about one day!

Wow, what a year this has been so far is probably the biggest understatement you could make!

We had lots of plans for the business including last month going back into production through a collaboration with a charity. But with lock down this won't be happening anytime soon.

We were getting really proud of the selection of hardy herbs that we had grown and nurtured over the winter, which had been destined for a sector that has also been hit hard by the pandemic. 

biodegradable pots

biodegradable pots

So at the moment I have got lots of chilli plants and a fantastic selection of herbs, including over 20 varieties of mint which are all looking great either under glass or enjoying all the sun in the garden. But I'm not complaining as at least I have a large outdoor space where I can tend my plants every day and watch them grow and develop. 

This is a time to reflect and look closely at your business model and where it's going. Which is something that I've been doing a lot of lately and one thing that was being implemented albeit slowly is to think even more about the environment than we were. 

wooden labels

wooden labels

We’re been using wooden labels for the last year but did you know that we are slowly phasing out all plastics? The pots we have are continually reused but any new ones that we purchase are biodegradable! So any herbs or chillies that you purchase from us in the future won't be in plastic pots. 

I also completed green champions training a few months ago which again made us look at our environmental footprint. These are only small steps but small steps that we are proud to be taking.

Green Champions Certificate

Green Champions Certificate

PRESS RELEASE: 22 February 2019

A local food business is going back to their roots and will soon be supplying local restaurants, farm shops and hotels with the fruits of their labour.

Sheena Horner, who runs Galloway Chillies from her home near Wigtown, is putting down her apron and picking up her trowel to grow speciality chillies, alongside other herbs and spices. 

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Chillies? Sprouts? Together? Really? But of course.

At Galloway Chillies we love developing new products and even though everyone scorned Sheena when she suggested this combo. 

We are delighted to launch a subscription service for our product range.   You select the heat and we do the rest.  Every three months you will receive a new bundle of deliciousness.

More details here:  http://gallowaychillies.co.uk/subscription

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Happy New Year and what better way to start the new year than with a January Sale. We're sorry that we don't have all products in stock but the ones that we do have 20% off!

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We wanted to say thank you and what better way than with one of Galloway's newest businesses, Crafty Distillery whose mission is to create tasty, honest spirits for everyone who likes a tipple. 

It's that time of year again, the moment when much of Scotland’s food and farming sector head to Edinburgh for one of the biggest events of the year - the Royal Highland Show.

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The days are getting longer, the daffodils are flowering, fruit bushes and trees have blossom starting to appear! Even the chilli babies are growing into proper chilli plants. The weather is starting to improve and the first signs of spring are all around. I love this time of year, it really does put a bounce in your step, a smile on your face and that touch of warmth in the air puts me in a really happy mood.

It's that time of year again when the chilli seeds are in the propagator (we love our Gardening Sensations Vitopod) and all the Super Hots have germinated. 

We might not support Black Friday, but as a passionate Scottish Food Business we love celebrating St Andrew's Day.

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30th September 2016

Galloway Chillies’ new mustards are Pure, Dead, Brilliant! 

Dumfries and Galloway business, Galloway Chillies is launching an innovative new range of mustards today at the Wigtown Book Festival. 

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Dumfries and Galloway business, Galloway Chillies were among companies from across Scotland who celebrated their success at the Scottish Rural Awards & Gala Dinner last Thursday evening. 

Hello everyone and apologies as it has been quite a while since I last wrote something. I however have really got into blogging again and started a personal one, Scots Lass Shenanigans. But that is no good for all my chilli customers, so I shall resolve to be more proactive and try write more on this one too. 

Unless you've been hibernating you will have seen the awful weather and the effect it has had on a lot of Cumbria.

Apologies folks but it's that time of year when I have to mention the 'C' word. I make a point not to mention the word until at least the 1st of November as I think it gets mentioned far too early every year. If I had my way I in fact wouldn't mention it until the 1st December. 

Dumfries and Galloway business, Galloway Chillies are launching a new chilli hot toddy at this year's Wigtown Book Festival. 

Galloway Chillies are pleased to announce that Chilli Rocks will be launched today at Wigtown Book Festival where they will be trading in the Kist. This latest product has been made in collaboration with award winning Rock Rose Gin based in Caithness.

Wow, September already. How did that happen? But oh can you tell as it definitely has that autumnal feel in Galloway. My poor wee chillies aren't very happy that it's getting cooler. 

It's a wee while since I've blogged so I thought it was about time I put pen to paper or should I say, sit down for a few minutes and type. 

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Dumfries and Galloway business, Galloway Chillies are amongst a worldwide group of businesses to be placed in the 2015 World Hot Sauce Award.