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As organic farmers we have to work to the Soil Association's standards which define what we can and cannot do and place a strong emphasis on the protection of wildlife and the environment. Over 20% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions come from food and farming today. Nitrogen fertiliser manufacturing is the worst offender. To produce just one tonne takes one tonne of oil, seven tonnes of greenhouse gases and one hundred tonnes of water. Organic farmers work with nature to feed the soil and control pests, and the use of genetically modified organisms is prohibited in organic farming.


Artificial chemical fertilisers are prohibited – instead we develop a healthy, fertile soil by growing and rotating a mixture of crops using green manures, such as Phacelia, vetch, field beans and grazing rye, to fix nitrogen from the atmosphere. Where extra fertility is required we supplement with compost. Green waste compost is used as a weed mulch and soil conditioner.

Control of pests and diseases

We never use herbicides, and rely on barriers, biologial controls and occasionally soft soap for pests. Weeds are kept in control by cultivation and mulches, including growing through biodegradable cornstarch. Balanced vegetable-family rotations help to reduce pest and disease problems.

Dock compost

Compost made from docks 


The comfrey bed


Phacelia in flower


A field of vetch

Arkstone Mill Produce, Arkstone Mill, Kingstone, Hereford HR2 9HU
Tel: 01981 251135