January

Monday 10th May 2010

Perhaps you heard, read or saw some mention of the Soil Association's annual conference last weekend. I hope so because it was held in London to court a wider influence in the world. It is staggering the number of politicians (including a very convincing David Cameron), journalists, consultants and advisers looking to the Soil Association for answers on a whole... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

The first Monday after the twelve nights of Christmas is known as Plough Monday. Traditionally on this day farm workers returned to the land and all sorts of revelry and custom marked the occasion. In many villages the day would consist of ploughman wearing white shirts with blackened faces dragging a decorated plough through the village. The precession would stop at... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

I hope that by the time this weeks box arrives, you have recovered from the heavy head and uncomfortable tummy that is customary at Christmas and New Year. For many of you I am sure that this week will also be the first week of abstinence from a chosen vice. So good luck for the long journey ahead!! On the farm, January... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

A range of interconnecting factors governs the growth of our crops. Is there enough daylight for the crop to produce plenty of energy for growth, through the process of photosynthesis? Is the soil warm enough for the soil microbes to be able to break down organic matter to release nutrients for the plants to feed on? Is there enough organic... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Stan, the farm manager at River Nene, tries to grow all the crops on the farm from organic seed. This year we have managed to find enough organic seed for about 80% of the crops being sown, but the remaining 20% have been a bit of a nightmare. The organic regulations require you to use organic seed if it... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

With growth all but stopped for the month there is not much to pick and it is too early for planting. In previous years we would be busy cutting cauliflowers for our co-op members who have favoured fields running down to the coast, where the mild air from the sea gives a measure of protection from frost. Over the years,... continued