June

Monday 10th May 2010

Over the last ten years we have built a strong relationship with a group of small-scale farmers in Uganda who were introduced to us through the Kulika Trust. Kulika works on a very local level, teaching and promoting the use of sustainable farming techniques. Ten of their farmers have studied and worked at Riverford as part of their training and... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

How do you picture a flock of organic laying hens? Grazing and scratching in small flocks from movable houses surrounded by grass, displaying natural behaviour and laying tasty eggs? Or in flocks of 9000, beaks clipped and raised non-organically to 16 weeks, rarely emerging from huge houses stinking of ammonia and surrounded by mud, with barely a blade of grass in... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

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Monday 10th May 2010

As we head into the second week of Wimbledon the British public will be half way through consuming the 27 tonnes of strawberries that get munched throughout this fortnight each year. The Romans cultivated strawberries as early as 200 BC. In medieval times, strawberries were regarded as an aphrodisiac and soup made of strawberries, borage and soured cream was traditionally... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

We probably get more comments about packaging than anything else at River Nene. We try very hard to keep the level of packaging we use down to a minimum, but we always have to balance the desire to avoid packaging with the need to keep the fruit and vegetables fresh and well protected. The boxes we use are made of waxed... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

We are starting our first carrot bunches this week, enabling us to move out of the short window of reliance on imported Italian crop. Stan and the team on the farm are into the first block of Napoli that will last through to September. By then the foliage will start to deteriorate so we will make the switch from Napoli... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

The warm weather that has bathed the country in sunshine over the last couple of weeks has been just what the doctor ordered for the broad beans. The beans tucked safely away in their pods have bulked up nicely. The beans in the first pick will be smaller than in the coming weeks - but the intense flavour of the... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

After ten solid days of wind and rain at the end of May, when the berries were rotting faster than ripening, it looked possible that we might lose our entire strawberry crop to botrytis, the plague of soft fruit. Everyone tells me I am mad to try and grow strawberries without the protection of polytunnels, fungicides or preferably both; indeed,... continued