Our Biodynamic Inspector calls tomorrow, so we have been filling in the necessary paperwork for him to check. We have an inspection from Demeter once a year. We are required to present our years work to them , so that they can issue us with a new certification for the next twelve months. It shows the inspector our organic and biodynamic practice. We have to calculate feed rations for each of our animals, fertility applications, Biodynamic spray applications, crop rotations, seed authenticity. All these things ensure that we are giving our farm, and in turn yourselves a guarentee of good organic practice, which gives (hate this word) sustainability to the farm for decades to come. Any grower or farmer calling themselves organic are required by law to be inspected annually. Although paperwork is not our favourite past-time, it is none the less very enjoyable. Looking at last years report we can see where we have improved and of course where we can do better. During the inspection we do a farm walk, which again is very rewarding. The Inspectors are usually experts in different fields, soil, animals, horticulture etc. This year we have Tom Petherick (once head gardener with the Lost gardens of Helligan) so he is very knowledgable about plants in general, we are hoping to pick his brains about trees, as this is something we want to progress with in the next year or so.
The days are shorter and Christmas is not so far away, we will be letting you know about market dates, and of course our Christmas poultry. Again we will be taking orders for the ducks, geese and turkeys in the next few weeks. However this week we have sausages for sale, smoked bacon and unsmoked gammon joints. Hoping to also buy from our wholesaler the first of this seasons oranges from Italy.
For sale at 55 Stanworth st (9am-2pm) and Borough Market (8.30am-4pm) this Saturday