Organic Arable System

Harvesting vegetables

Rotations

Within the eastern organically farmed half of the farm, two 8-year rotations have been established; a red clover (RC) silage based rotation on the outside and a white clover (WC) grazing based rotation near the steading. These have the following sequences:

Year

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

System 1

RC

RC

RC

SWheat

Potato

S Beans

Veg

SBarley

System 2

WC

WC

WC

WC

SWheat

S Beans

WWheat

SBarley

Organic Husbandry and Marketing

Cereals

The spring wheat is following either grass/white clover or grass/red clover. An application of composted Farmyard Manure (FYM) is applied in late February before ploughing in March. The spring wheat variety Paragon is grown and sown at 400 seeds/m 2 . It was sold for feed at £130/tonne. Any surplus is sold as a premium while the balance is stored on farm to feed to the organic livestock.

Potatoes

The first crop of organic potatoes was grown in 2003 when 1 ha of the variety Sante was grown. Since then the area has expanded to about 10 ha grown on contract. The main varieties are Lady Balfour, Sante and Roma.

Vegetables

In 2003 the organic vegetables were grown on a 1 ha (100m x 100m) site. These were marketed through the farm's own box scheme. Currently the farm grows about 3 ha of vegetables - mainly brassicas and leeks - which are supplied to other local box schemes and specialist retailers.