February

Tuesday 5th May 2015

War Horse, Spielberg's World War One adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's tale of horse heroics, seems to have left half the nation shedding buckets of tears and the other half reaching for the bucket. My son and I were in the latter camp but I, rather to my annoyance and despite any shred of agricultural realism, found myself shedding a tear... continued

Thursday 23rd February 2012

It may be Fairtrade Fortnight, but here at Riverford we do our best to ensure everyone we work with gets treated fairly all of the time. Our bananas are grown by a co-operative of small scale farmers in the Dominican Republic, and in the same way that our co-op of growers here in the UK shares equipment and growing know-how,... continued

Thursday 23rd February 2012

It may be Fairtrade Fortnight, but here at Riverford we do our best to ensure everyone we work with gets treated fairly all of the time. Our bananas are grown by a co-operative of small scale farmers in the Dominican Republic, and in the same way that our co-op of growers here in the UK shares equipment and growing know-how,... continued

Thursday 9th February 2012

Every December, in the foothills of Mount Etna in Sicily, there is a group of farmers relishing the cold nights. While a sharp chill would alarm most fruit growers, concerned for the survival of their tender fruit, it’s a different story for growers of blood oranges. Along with the incredibly fertile soil and altitude of this volcanic region, the low... continued

Thursday 2nd February 2012

Back in 2007, Sir Terry Leahy of Tesco (that well known eco-warrior), grabbed the headlines briefly by saying that Tesco would carbon label all their products. Last week they changed their mind, citing cost and complexity, plus difficulties in making the information meaningful to customers. Acting on the enthusiasm of one of my staff, and with the aid of Exeter... continued