How we are doing our part
Farming Our Way
Here at Morningswood Farm, whilst not certified organic, we are committed to increasing our productivity from the soil up. We have started by increasing the biology and nutritional value of our soil through green crops, mineral applications and sheep, cow and chicken manures.
We aim to be certified organic in the future but until then we will rely on whoelsome organic farm practices to achieve the best quality products we can offer for our consumers.
Due to being organic we have employed the help of four (so far) sure footed goats to help in controlling our two main pest weeds, Gorse and Blackberry. After they have moved through an area we bring in our trusty tractor and slasher/disk plough/rotary hoe to finish the job and apply corrective rock minerals, organic matter in the form of manures and seeds for cover crops that we then ‘chop and drop’ to help build up soil life.
100% Compostable Packaging
Our punnets are made from polylactide or PLA. This product is created when dextrose or corn starch (from plants) is fermented and then distilled into lactic acid, this creates the plastic like resin, PLA. Products made from PLA are completely biodegradable and will decompose in 12 months in a home composting system (2 months in a commercial system).
Our labels are printed on eco-gloss paper using a vegetable ink and are completely carbon neutral, like the punnets they are also biodegradable in a home composting system. These labels are printed but Black Rainbow Printing, check out their green credentials here
Box Brothers Partnership
Our commitment to sustainability took on a new form in 2018 when we partnered with Box Brothers.
Box Brothers create punnets from wood veneer that is otherwise destined for landfill thus providing and eco-friendly alternative to traditional plastic packaging. These punnets were trialed and tested in the summer of 2018/19 and were an huge success. They hark back to the old fashioned way that fruit was transported and also bring a bit of art to the farm.
We look forward to the continuation of this partnership in the future.
To find out more about Box Brothers and peruse their product range click here