September

Monday 10th May 2010

Despite our commitment for local produce, few of us relish the limitations of a dogmatically local diet. The last two miserable growing seasons have again highlighted the vegetable-growing limitations of our climate. Our challenge is to produce varied and interesting boxes for customers all year round with minimal environmental impact and maximum benefit to our growers. If we can... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

I never expected much to come of my first chance encounter with Guy Watson back in July 2004, when we rather flippantly discussed the possibility of working together. Four years on this has become a reality with the launch of Riverford on Stockley Farm, a partnership which brings Riverford its fifth regional farm and Stockley the prospect of new and... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

By the time you read this you... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

After the loss of so many of our tomato plants to blight at the beginning of September, a quick turnaround has got two tunnels of chard planted, with lettuce and salad leaves going into the ground in the first week of October. Our cucumbers have been a big success this year, with Chris (who looks after the crops we grow... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

My mother taught me that it was vulgar to draw attention to yourself, so if they get to read the papers or watch telly on the other side she may be turning in her grave. Following on from our appearance on Jimmy... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

First of all, a quick introduction. My name is Tim Booth and I am not usually to be found this far North; I manage River Swale... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

First of all and before I ramble on as usual, I just want to say a big thank you to the lady on Stephen Sproule... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Badgers are largely nocturnal, normally shy, retiring animals that live in social groups. They use their sense of smell to forage for food, living predominantly on worms and other protein packed creatures of the soil. However in September, when the corns are ripening on their cobs, the badgers seem to deviate from their usual meal habits in favour of an... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

The last two growing seasons have been pretty horrendous. In mid July this year I distinctly recall hearing growers mutter the unfarmerly words... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

With the children re-incarcerated in their classrooms, we and our crops have enjoyed more sun than we... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

It is easy to feel that prices everywhere are relentlessly escalating. The BBC has reported that supermarket fruit and veg has risen by 14.7% since January; possibly a reflection of the energy consumption within the multiple supply chain and production processes. Here at Riverford organic growing methods, coupled with over 80% of our produce coming from less than a 30 mile... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

we now have a new website up and running for Riverford on Stockley Farm where you can order online. If you are a customer in the North West*, you can now place or change your order at www.riverfordstockley.co.uk *Chester, Nantwich,Stafford, Stoke on Trent,Stockport, Macclesfield, Telford, Shrewsbury, Manchester... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Running a box scheme is far from easy; even at a small scale, to do it all yourself you need to be a master of horticulture (growing at least 50 different crops), with a good understanding of your customers as well as a practical grasp of logistics, finance and IT. We decided early on to work with other growers and... continued