February

Monday 10th May 2010

The good thing about leaving behind one of the coldest winters for over a decade is that it puts your faith back into the seasons and all that comes with them. The cold frosts have worked wonders for the soil; killing off bugs and parasites as well as breaking down the heavy soil structures, making them much more manageable. For... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

As we enter Fairtrade Fortnight (23 February... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Despite the very bleak, positively arctic January and February we... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Monday 10th May 2010

Well, if that... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Years of growing vegetables for supermarkets in the UK taught me that the free market can be a harsh place for small producers. Distant producers are even more vulnerable. So is Fairtrade certification the answer? Can ethics be measured, certified and delivered via a free market to customers 3000 miles away who want to use their buying power to make... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

As our Chancellor tries, with increasing desperation, to jolt us into renewed spending there is a growing revolt against playing our ant-like parts as consumers in keeping the machine rolling. We have woken up; the hypnotic spell of manic greed and envy, followed by dizzy credit-fuelled consumption has been broken. We can do without a lot of that stuff. It... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

After the very bleak, positively arctic January and February we... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Many farmers have a pocket-draining enthusiasm for one particular crop or animal. For me it is globe artichokes, for my father John and his father before him, it was an unreasoned affection for pigs. For two generations they struggled to find an ethical but profitable approach to these intelligent animals. When my more rational brother Oliver took over the farm... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

How great to see the sun. I had almost forgotten what it looked and felt like. It has been a long, cold and grey winter and we have been short of homegrown green veg for too long as our crops refused to grow. Two mild weeks and hope springs eternal, as we prepare ourselves for a kinder season. The leeks,... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Monday 10th May 2010

For the most part we grow what we think you would like to eat, but after two disastrous growing years we are having to take a closer look at what makes the cash and what loses it. There can be no denying the bean counters... continued