Farm walk: Houghton Estate, Norfolk

10 September 2015

The Marquess of Cholmondely, Houghton Estate, Houghton, King's Lynn,Norfolk, PE31 6UE

Houghton Estates have been farming organically since 1998. Since then the in hand farming operation has grown to 1583 hectares of organic and 'in-conversion' land. The estates' own farming business c...

Rijk Zwaan & Soil Association Organic Open Day

16 September 2015

Huntstile Organic Farm, Goathurst, Near Bridgwater, Somerset, TA5 2DQ

The Rijk Zwaan UK organic open day is now an annual fixture in the growers calendar. Following the success of last year’s event, the Soil Association are delighted to have teamed up with Rijk Zwaan a...

Farm walk: Culmore Organic Farm, Co. Derry

22 September 2015

Culmore Organic Farm, Bann Road, Coleraine, County Londonderry, BT51 5RY

Some of the areas which will be covered at this farm walk include: 1. Dairy herd milked by a Lely robot 2. Organically managed forest 3. Beef from the dairy herd for farm sales 4. Raw milk packing fa...

Farm walk: Barcombe Nurseries - East Sussex

24 September 2015

Barcombe Nurseries, Mill Lane, Barcombe, East Sussex, BN8 5TH

We are a small Organic Vegetable Nursery on 10 acres of heavy, clay soil beneath the South Downs in East Sussex. 1 ½ of those acres are under glass or polythene. We grow a wide variety of crops - inc...
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Farming on empty – California in the 4th drought year

Marianne Landzettel: Californians are taking shorter showers, rip out the front lawn to plant cacti while in the nearby mountains numerous forest fires feed on tinder-dry brush. Leave the Pacific behind, cross the Coastal Range and you’ll get to the Central Valley. Over 700 km long, flat as a pancake, with rich soils, mild winters and an average of 300 days of sunshine, the Central Valley is the most productive and profitable agricultural region in the United States: California produces 97% of all kiwis, 95% of all celery, 89% of all spinach, consumed in the US. With roughly 1.8 million cows California is the nations biggest dairy producer. But by far the most valuable crops are nuts, pistachios, cashews, walnuts and of course almonds.

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