At Frith we never use pesticides or chemical fertilisers. Our cultivation method mimics that of a natural ecosystem; we simply lay organic matter (locally produced compost) on top of the soil then plant our crops into that. This is a far more sustainable way of keeping our soil fertile and healthy; it feeds soil organisms which in turn produce everything the plant needs to thrive and produces a lovely, deep, rich, crumbly soil with lots of life.
Reduced Carbon footprint
We are always looking to reduce our carbon footprint; the compost we use is made from local organic matter and is high in carbon material such as wood chip, this decomposes over time, the carbon is then locked in the soil.
Generally, large scale farms use a nitrogen fertilisers which is produced from the Haber Bosch process, this process uses a colossal amount of fuel, around 1% of the world’s energy supply, which equates to a lot of green house gas emissions. Instead of doing this we use nitrogen fixing plants, these plants work together with soil bacteria to absorb atmospheric nitrogen, nitrogen is held in the plant, the plant then breaks down to release the nitrogen into the soil. Clever stuff eh?
The “O” word
Legally we’re not allowed to use the “O” word because we’re not certified. Organic certification can potentially cost £750 per year and will involve extra admin work. Our aim is to provide affordable organic food, having the certification will increase the price of our produce; as we already firmly believe in organic principles, nothing will change, even if we were certified. We do not see the need of paying a 3rd party to come in and give us a stamp for doing what we would do anyway. If we were veggie tycoons planning to sell our produce internationally to big chains, then we might consider the certification.
However, we are not. Our produce is exclusively for the Hull and Beverley area, we offer full transparency to our members and invite everyone to the farm to learn about our methods in the hope of developing a trusting relationship with our members.