September

Monday 10th May 2010

We finally started picking sweet corn last week, two weeks later than we had planned. The soil took a long time to warm up in April and May so sowing was delayed until the soil temperature reached the critical 10 degree Celsius. Sweet corn loves heat and sunshine, and grew well during the hot June and July but has been... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

We try very hard to make sure the boxes are filled with as much fruit and veg from the farm throughout the year as is feasibly possible. August, September and October are fantastic, with a multitude of brassicas approaching harvest alongside a plentiful supply of the leafy, late-summer/autumn vegetables like chard and spinach. But we have much more of a... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

The first organic gathering I went to was on a herb farm in Somerset in 1998. After just a few weeks working for the Soil Association in Bristol I was still fairly new to the 'Organic Way... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Crop planning for each year is a meticulous process. It involves attention to detail, an intricate review of the season so far, lots of time with all of the grower group and a fair bit of luck. We start by predicting how popular each of the boxes is going to be from May 2007 to May 2008. We can do this... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

I have mixed emotions about the reintroduction of home economics into our schools. Of course it... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

All of our potatoes are now safely in store. Most of the co-op... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

It was ten years ago when I called a meeting in a local pub to discuss setting up a co-operative to grow and market organic vegetables on traditional, mixed, Devon family farms. It was an act of supreme arrogance to think that I had the technical and political skills to lead ten, quietly independent farmers (none of whom had grown... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Cobnuts A Cobnut is a type of hazelnut, which is sold as a fresh, wet nut. At the beginning of the season the husks are green and the kernels juicy. This year the weather has been exceptionally hot causing the kernels to ripen early, so they have developed their full sweet flavour. They should be stored in a cool, dry place like... continued