January

Monday 10th May 2010

Sustainable Development Project - Update Summary The project so far has consisted of a carbon audit examining direct emissions resulting from Riverfords... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

According to legend, a gallant Spanish knight returning from the Crusades in the 11th Century, brought a gift of great value for his beloved. But to her dismay, instead of receiving a costly treasure, she was given an orange. After overcoming her shock, the lady ate the orange and planted the seed, which brought Seville oranges to Europe. These oranges... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Lifestyle or a balanced judgement It is hard to argue the case for organic farming without seeming to criticise conventional agriculture, something I am reluctant to do because I don... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Each month we will produce a complete list of all the things you can add to your order. The products change from one month to the next as we move through the seasons and we are always keeping an eye out for new tasty organic products that the region has to offer. Here are just a few of the products that... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

We love to have visitors to the farm. It... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

As we draw closer to February, when the first River Swale vegboxes will leave the farm, the excitement and tension are beginning to mount. The building still fondly known as the Pig Shed is taking shape and will be transformed into its new guise as packing barn before the year is out. This will be our first Christmas with no... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

About 13 days ago, amidst a bout of unseasonably warm weather, the broad beans we sowed last September emerged from the fenland peat down on our Yaxley fields. For their first days out of their subterranean underworld they must have been delighted, flourishing in plenty of unexpected warmth and sunshine. Then last Thursday it all changed. The fens were ravaged... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Jerusalem Artichokes Our knobbly little friends are now available to buy alongside the box in 1.5Kg quantities for... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

There is such heated discussion out there about organic food it is sometimes difficult to have a clear picture of the reasons for and against organic production. Guy Watson, founder of Riverford Organic Vegetables, picks out the key points: Lifestyle or a balanced judgement It is hard to argue the case for organic farming without seeming to criticise conventional agriculture, something I... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

As we move towards February we start to rely a little bit more heavily on some help from growers in southern Europe. There are still plenty of crops on the farm, from the kales and purple sprouting broccoli to spring greens, leeks and parsnips; but we do try to make sure that the winter months don... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

One of the basic principles of organic farming is to work with, rather than against, nature. For the most part this fundamental approach is the cornerstone of everything we do, but from time to time our principles can really be tested. You may remember that we planted over 1000 apple, pear and plum trees just before Christmas. The trees have taken... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

According to legend, a gallant Spanish knight returning from the Crusades in the 11th Century, brought a gift of great value for his beloved. But to her dismay, instead of receiving a costly treasure, she was given an orange. After overcoming her shock, the lady ate the orange and planted the seed, which brought Seville oranges to Europe. These oranges... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

We have completed the first phase of our two year environmental and social impact study in collaboration with Exeter University and partly financed by the DTI under their Knowledge Transfer Partnership Scheme. With plenty of caveats (this is not an exact science) it would seem that growing and delivering a box of vegetables to your doorstep results in the emission... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

I hope you come back to us rested, and full of resolve to spend more time in the kitchen and to eat more vegetables in 2007. If I ate any more vegetables I would need a rumen so my first resolve is it to get further from this laptop and back to the fields. Twenty-one years ago I came home for... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

River Swale Organic Vegetables is based at Home Farm, Newby Wiske. The Richardsons have been farming here for three generations. They used to grow cereals and potatoes and rear pigs to sell into nearby markets. Now the pig shed has been transformed into a packing barn (still affectionately known as the Pig Shed) and they have joined forces with other... continued