February

Monday 10th May 2010

While chewing on my toast this morning I made the mistake of flicking through yet another offer to audit my ethics, measure my carbon and assess my social responsibility. The report arrived in a well presented package that guarantees me success with the merging ethical consumer. It all seems perfectly credible; printed on recycled paper with language that has become... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Ten days of mercifully dry weather have given our harvesting teams a break from the mud and rain of the last month and enabled us to get on the lighter (sandy) land with machinery to harvest parsnips and Jerusalem artichokes. With the first daffodils about to burst into flower it is tempting to start manuring some of our better drained,... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

We plant broad beans twice in the year. The first planting is in early November. This crop should emerge from the soil around Christmas and put on a real growth spurt in early spring when the soils warm and the days lengthen. The next batch is sown in early spring, ready to harvest a couple of weeks after the over... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

My early memories of beetroot are not fond. Like most children, the prospect of salad for dinner never filled me with enthusiasm. Somehow lettuce, cucumber, peppers and celery don... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Two weeks ago, when I innocently reported my fears about onion supplies in the coming months, I had no idea what I was unleashing. A seed of media interest was planted when the newsletter arrived with one of our customers who works for the BBC. The seed rapidly germinated and turned into a flourishing national story. From Radio Five Live... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

By late May, when I hope we will be bathed in glorious late spring sunshine, the fields on the farm have very little to offer. The first crops planted at the beginning of the year tend to be just getting established and any over wintered crops are long gone. Anything we can do on the farm to help us bridge... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

The first signs of the new growing year are slowly appearing. Our overwintered crops are visibly beginning to respond to the longer days and warmer temperatures. We... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Delia, Horizon, and the great organic debate Rob Haward, from our sister farm River Nene, gives the Riverford perspective. Common sense and credible science have fuelled organic growth. I am not sure that Delia Smith intended her recent comments about organic food to whip up such a stir. As a cook, who confesses not to being... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Guy is away in France, so for this week... continued