September

Thursday 22nd September 2011

When we supplied lettuce to the supermarkets we were paid for 55% of what I planted; about 85% grew into good lettuces but a third was wasted due to unpredictable sales, poor communication and the promotion of oversupply and competition between suppliers by supermarket buyers. If you add the wastage in the supply chain, less than half made it to... continued

Wednesday 14th September 2011

“Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun…” Enough. I do it every year. The rest is unbearably nostalgic and of dubious chronological accuracy anyway. I do love the next few weeks though; partly it’s the mellowness as we settle into a less hectic way of working with a more regular workforce; partly it’s the fruitfulness... continued

Thursday 8th September 2011

One thing that can be said about farming is that there’s no chance of getting bored; things always keep moving on as the year unfolds. Looking around the fields right now at the beginning of September, I can see that the combine harvesters have done their work on the neighbouring farms and almost all of their cereal crops have been... continued

Thursday 8th September 2011

If there’s one thing you can guarantee about life on a farm, it’s that you never really know what to expect. We had an eventful weekend recently when I wondered if we would have to replant some crops; twelve cows from a nearby farm escaped when a rambler left a gate open, and the herd decided to take a stroll... continued

Thursday 8th September 2011

The schools are back, the first September storm is raging outside and it feels like the summer that never was is over. My sympathy to those of you who found yourself in a damp tent. The veg however, is loving it. A dry spring and early summer allowed easy planting and weed control and kept fungal disease at bay, and... continued

Friday 2nd September 2011

When I converted the first of my father’s fields to organic in 1986, my motivations were primarily to avoid the agrochemicals that put my brother in hospital and made me ill as a teenager, and also a sense that it offered me a better chance of making some money. Over 25 years my commitment has grown; organic farming is much... continued