November

Monday 10th May 2010

November is the month for planning next year... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Still cheerfully cheap I undertook to devote my next three newsletters to reasons to be cheerful (about our boxes); one, they are better for you, two, better for the environment and three, better for our suppliers and staff. It is time to deal with the environment, but before that, a few more lines about why our boxes are better for you.... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Last week I wrote about the tight rope we walk in tryingto maximise UK provenance of your boxes (around 90% for veg and 80% for fruit and veg combined) while importing at critical times to maintain enough variety. But why does anyone care? Personally I am not bellicose about my tomatoes being British, particularly as during the winter they will... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Last month I undertook to devote three newsletters to... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

After many years of conventional management there is a lot to be done before a farm is fit and healthy for growing crops organically. Before the organic veg box scheme began, Home Farm had a 60 year history of conventional (non-organic) farming through three generations. Peter and Jo-ann Richardson grew cereals and potatoes and kept pigs to sell to nearby... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

As the worst growing year in memory (in mine, anyway) draws to a close, we are enjoying a near perfect autumn and start to the winter. The pendulum has swung and three gloriously dry months have allowed us to harvest the root crops, sow our green manures and plant the autumn-sown onions, garlic and broad beans in near perfect conditions.... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Common sense and science do not always make good bedfellows. In the 80s we were reliably told by the then Tory government that there was no scientific evidence to suggest that feeding the remains of cows back to cows was cause for concern. A few years later British Agriculture was in the midst of its biggest ever crisis, as BSE... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

As Christmas looms one of our yuletide favourites reappears: the Brussels sprout. Whenever possible, we... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Peter, Jo-ann, Chris, Donata and Andrew, who organise and pack your boxes each week, came down to Riverford last weekend for our annual growers... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

The government tends to get relentless criticism from farmers and growers for all manner of things. It is fair to say that the burden of paperwork and the time it takes to get things done can be immensely frustrating. The latest challenge to my patience is the pursuit of official maps to verify that one of our fields has changed... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Hello all! Rob has taken himself off for a well earned break so you... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

The way supermarkets source and sell fresh produce is unsustainable and is only likely to become more so as peak oil makes itself felt. This is one conclusion Riverford Organic Vegetables draws from research it published on Wednesday 21 November, showing that supermarket organic produce is as much as 73 per cent more expensive than the equivalent produce in a... continued