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Riverford seek growers to join Innovative Farmers field labs

Veg box pioneers Riverford are supporting farmer-led innovation by sponsoring three Innovative Farmers field labs, seeking sustainable solutions to some common problems faced by growers. The field labs are being coordinated at Riverford’s Devon HQ but growers from across the country are being invited to take part. They can actively join the Devon group, replicate...

Nov 21, 2017
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Greens sets the standard with onions

Greens Farming are part of the major private group Spearhead International, who farm 84,400 hectares across Europe in the UK, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania, employing some 2,000 people. Starting in 1966, Greens specialised in vegetable and root crops in the Fens. This knowledge and experience has been continued and today they grow...

Oct 31, 2017
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Digging into Horticulture Study Visits

The Soil Association has a new programme called Digging into Horticulture, that aims to encourage more young people to consider a career in farming and to support those who have already taken the first steps towards a future in growing. Demand for farm staff is anticipated to rise in the next decade with 95,000 people...

Sep 30, 2017
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Combining running AH Worth with flood management role

As Chief executive officer, Duncan Worth is responsible for the day to day management of AH Worth, owner of QV Foods and Worth Farms. With a combined annual turnover of £140 million, the businesses employ approximately 500 people. He is also chairman of South Holland internal drainage board (IDB), making him responsible for over 400...

Sep 30, 2017
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Elveden Estate – LEAF monitor and SPot Farm

Frances Wright explores some of the benefits of being a LEAF farm and how the second year of AHDB SPot Farm trials fit with these principals. Being a LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) Demonstration Farm means looking at practices with a more holistic outlook than demanded by best practice, says Andrew Francis, farm manager at...

Aug 31, 2017
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Putting peas centre stage

Great British Pea Week which took place recently from the 10th to 16th July, celebrated the harvest of the humble pea. The end of June doesn’t just mean Glastonbury and Wimbledon; for hundreds of farmers it’s also time to harvest two billion portions of peas in order to meet Great British demand for the next...

Aug 31, 2017
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Worth Farms – a fourth generation family business

Around 1900, Arthur Hovenden Worth started ploughing grassland near Holbeach in Lincolnshire which had been used for sheep and the wool trade for many generations. Within five years he was planting potatoes, which today are a mainstay of the vegetable cropping on the 2,300 hectare farm. The A H Worth group of companies includes Worth...

Jul 31, 2017
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3Ms open new potato grading facility

3Ms (Three Musketeers) have been operating since 2001 and now have six farming shareholders who between them farm more than 34,000 acres. After nearly 18 months of careful investigation, they recently opened their new potato grading line, which is based at their site on the ex-USAF airbase at Bentwaters, near Woodbridge. A large number of...

Jun 30, 2017
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Can the nutritional value of UK grown produce be raised?

A major new study launched in February revealed that eating ten, rather than five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, could reduce health risks such as heart disease and cancer considerably. The research, conducted by scientists at Imperial College, London, showed that although a high fruit and vegetable intake has been recommended for the...

Jun 30, 2017
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Produce World reed bed visit

If you buy organic carrots from a major retailer in the UK, they have likely been washed with water filtered through a reed bed at Produce World’s factory in Yaxley, near Peterborough. “As an organic site, we invested in a natural water treatment process – a reed bed, to clean our water instead of using...

May 31, 2017
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