• Choose working with nature

    Wildlife is up to 50% more abundant on organic farms!

Almost 300 pesticides can be routinely used in non-organic farming. They have been linked to a 75% decline in honey bee populations – and some to serious health conditions, including cancer. Artificial fertilisers, meanwhile, are responsibly for around 50% of nitrous oxide emissions worldwide. 

Riverford have been farming organically for 30 years. We know there’s a better way than reaching for the chemical bottle...

 

Nature already provides the solutions.

Nature not nasties

Pests like aphids and cutworm are a very real problem in vegetable farming.

They reproduce fast and destroy crops, so have to be controlled. But how? Meticulous planning gives our crops the best chances. We select precisely the right crops for our climate, soil and local pest populations, and choose very up-to-date varieties that have disease resistance bred into them.Our first line of defence is biological pest control; that’s controlling pests by encouraging their natural enemies.

There are lots of spaces for wildlife on all Riverford's farms. The green borders and thriving hedgerows around our fields provide a habitat for predators such as hoverfly and ladybird larvae, who repay the favour by eating aphids off the crops. When nature needs a helping hand, we introduce native predators ourselves; for example, every summer we release parasitic wasps and lacewing larvae into the polytunnels to keep our salads safe. No herbicides (weed-killers) are permitted in organic farming. The weeds that grow amongst crops provide food for insects, birds, and mammals, encouraging biodiversity. Wildlife is up to 50% more abundant on organic farms!

Working with nature for 30 years

When you choose a Riverford veg box, you choose food grown with nature. Spuds like your grandad used to grow, the crunchiest cauliflower and the carrotiest carrots, all delivered to your doorstep with minimal fuss and unbeatable quality. And better still, it’s all 100% organic.

 

References

www.pnas.org/content/111/25/9199
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/12/third-of-earths-soil-acutely-degraded-due-to-agriculture-study
https://www.soilassociation.org/organic-living/whyorganic/