July

Monday 10th May 2010

We have had a relatively dry week and, with some long days, have caught up with most of the planting. The break in the rain came too late for some of the plants which have had to be skipped; there comes a time when they have waited in their trays for too long, making them leggy with disease on the... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Your box was packed this week by James, Sam, Roger and their team at Upper Norton farm west of Andover. Most of the vegetables were grown within twenty miles of the farm by the Janaway family and a group of growers who have come together over the last two years to supply your boxes. Norton is the fourth of our... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

We base our planting dates and selection of varieties on experience built up over two decades in Devon, tempered by local knowledge and a bit of guesswork. Norton is 100 miles east of Wash Barn and more removed from the influence of the Gulf Stream and westerly air flow off the Atlantic. Summers are typically hotter and drier with more... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

As Guy mentioned in last week... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

With the exception of some runner beans, your summer crops are surviving the weather well and most of the winter crops were planted on time and have benefited from the rain. It is a rare July or August when farmers are grateful for the porous chalk that extends from Salisbury Plain under much of Hampshire. Normally it robs the ground... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

making a difference, one box at a time ln 1992 Guy Watson packed his first organic veg box at Riverford Farm, near Buckfastleigh in Devon. Guy... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Lurking among all the depressing news about the effects of climate change on the world... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Do you like what we do? If you do, then please vote for us! The River Nene Organic box scheme has been nominated as a 'UKTV Food Local Hero', and we've already got loads of great reviews from our box customers on the UKTV Food website. The award is intended to be a tribute to Britain's local food producers, and the... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

This time last year the farm looked like a desert... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

The weather is showing supermarkets the difficult realities of farming. For many years now the supermarkets have managed to keep their shelves filled with vegetables 52 weeks a year... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

The unremitting rain continues. I will resist subjecting you to a second week of farming woe, but, believe me, it is bad: plague, pestilence and flood, but most of all mud and frustration at not being able to get on with the planting. As I write, we are loading up some leek plants but the skies are ominously dark. The... continued

Monday 10th May 2010