Innovation at Riverford

innovation at Riverford Organic farm - The Cheese wireWe often try out innovative new ways of working at Riverford. Here are some of our recent ideas which are currently being used on the farm and seem to have worked out well.

cheese wire: The idea for this was taken from an antique Guy saw at a farm sale. The two drums control the depth of a wire than runs 2cm under the surface of a seed bed, killing weeds as they germinate without bringing more seeds up from deep. It helps to establish a “stale” seed bed whereby most weed seeds germinate and are killed before the crop is sown. It can reduce weeding costs by 95% and was made in our own workshop for less than £1000.

innovation at Riverford Organic Farm - the tracked wheelbarrow

tracked wheelbarrow: This gets small loads out of wet fields without damaging the soil. It was adapted out of a machine bought through Auto-Trader for £1000.

wild garlic in the woods: We have talked about wild garlic and have used it in some of our recipes. A lot of people didn’t have it, so we decided to pick it from the woods on our farm so we could offer it to customers.

8 responses to “Innovation at Riverford

  1. We had the wild garlic in our seasonal box this week and made the wild garlic risotto. Yummy!

  2. We too had the wild garlic & I made the risotto, all the time wondering whether my 2 small boys would eat their dinner that night.
    They loved it so much I had to order more wild garlic last week to try the gratin recipe as well!

  3. There’s acres of it wild garlic growing naturally a short distance from our house, so I resent paying for it.

    I wish there was a bigger selection of boxes so that it was easier to steer clear of things we didn’t want/need. Say two of each size of box.

  4. I was happy to see wild garlic in my mini fruit/veg box this week. So far I have wilted it over grilled asparagus (also from my fruit/veg box) with balsamic vinegar and substituted it for lettuce on a burger (perfect!). Tonight I swapped out basil for wild garlic and made an amazing pesto sauce for pasta. It was great!

  5. All I have to say for those Garlic lovers they need to visit Gilroy California. They are the Garlic capital of the world and in the summer that is all you can smell

  6. Have I missed something? Did not notice any notice of wild garlic when I ordered a box this week. Easter week end. Is it only supplied from Devon? Would love to try some.

  7. yes, we have plenty of wild garlic growing round here too so it’s not wanted in our boxes either. What I would really, really welcome is a BIG bunch of fresh parsley alternating with one of watercress, or rocket, or spinach, or beetroot tops, etc every single week. It’d make a huge difference to our winter health. Thanks.

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