Nutley's Kitchen Gardens began in 2008 by grow-your-own enthusiast Jo Nutley, with only a shady suburban garden to play with and a mission to reduce her dependence on the supermarket for the family's food.
Despite great successes and some spectacular failures, she quickly learned the satisfaction, pleasure, cost-effectiveness and full, fresh flavour of home-grown fruit and vegetables. In this frame of mind, she began buying wholesale vegetable seeds and labelling and packing them by hand. It was an immediate if laborious success – it seemed there were far more grow-your-owners out there than she had realised.
From this kernel of an idea, Nutley’s has grown into a flourishing online shop and community dedicated especially for the kitchen gardener – both novice and old-hand. Nutley's has built up relationships with a wide range of Britain’s best gardening and cookware suppliers, selecting only those items from their ranges which would suit the kitchen gardener, and working hard to get them at the best possible price. Over the past few years, Nutley’s has been working on increasing its reach to encompass all the things your garden can do for you, including growing herbs and flowers for perfumes and home-made beauty products, plus wildlife products to encourage biodiversity and natural pest control.
Growing from one woman on her kitchen table into a team of thirty plus, Nutley’s champions personal development in the workplace. We invest in people, with the majority of our full-time staff having started in the warehouse, packaging orders and sending them out to customers. ‘In 2019 we were highly recommended for staff training by Worthing’s dynamic Chamber of Commerce’, says Jo, ‘and we are also very proactive with taking on and training apprentices. This year we have had three young people pass their apprenticeships, two in Accountancy and one in Digital Marketing, and several staff completing Team Leadership and Lean management training’.
We work with the Aldingbourne Trust, a charity supporting people with learning disabilities and / or autism to reach their full potential. The staff we employ through them are exceptional and highly valued members of our team’.
Thank you for your support so far, and watch this space as we continue to add more exciting chapters to the Nutley’s plot.
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