In the Press
- A visitor’s observations after a visit to Lower Pertwood Farm.
There’s a lot of discussion at the moment about the differences and advantages/disadvantages of conventional food versus organic food. A study published in The British Journal of Nutrition earlier in July stated that organic crops are up to 60% higher in antioxidants than conventionally-grown ones, and that there are significantly lower levels of toxic heavy metals such as cadmium and lead in organic crops, which, interestingly enough, contradicts a 2009 study commissioned by the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) that found there were no significant nutritional benefits to be had through eating organic food. And only last week a report was published revealing that 63% of bread in supermarkets contains pesticide residues, 25% of which has residues of more than one pesticide. It’s tricky to know what to believe and a large part of the problem is that lots of people don’t really know what organic food production means – myself included! To solve this problem, at the beginning of July I went to visit Pertwood Organic Farm in Wiltshire to see what ‘organic’ really looks like.
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- The right tool for the right job
Lower Pertwood Farm has an outstanding relationship with its Arable contractor, A. & R. Fraser. This was recognised by Headland News, a Kverneland
House magazine, who featured a special column on one of their latest
One of the most difficult challenges we always face in organic agriculture is weed control. Soil tillage has become the centre of weed control because herbicides are not used. It is therefore necessary to not only carefully select a specialised plough, which can be effective without the aid of a spray - but also be mindful of how much time and money will be needed in keeping that plough working at its optimum. At Pertwood we have large swathes of chalk and flint across the farm, which can be very wearing on metals parts. Therefore, the decision was made this year to begin utilising Quick-fit points on a Kverneland reversible plough. As you can see from the recent Headland News article below, this is a decision Arable Contractor Andy Fraser is sticking to.
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Packed with organic oats, coconut, sultanas, hazelnuts, sesame and sunflower seeds, it's tasty and nutritious.
It's official - nuts are not only becoming more and more popular, they are also good for you, and so it seems, is Pertwood Cereal !
Natalie Savona the nutritionist gives us five stars saying:
"It is superb quality, containing sunflower, pumpkin, sesame and linseeds - all healthy fats good for helping balance hormones and making skin glow!"
Rob Clucas-Tomlinson and his partner, Sarah have been helping cut down on carbon emissions by eating only food that has been grown within a 100 mile radius of their home in Richmond, Surrey. Everyone at Pertwood is delighted that our oats have brightened up Rob and Sarah's mornings.
"Still, there is something about these thick, chewy, giant oats from a Wiltshire farm that teases my tongue like the sweetest dessert and nurtures a tiny realisation in me that I have been consuming absolute groul for the past thirty-five years whenever porridge has been served me. For, unlike the flour-like substance of most mainstream brands, you open up a packet of Pertwood oats and the intoxicating memory of flapjacks immediately infiltrates your nostrils, reminding you that life is good and that chocolate isn't the only cake. It looks like the winter just got a little sunnier!
"For, unlike the flour-like substance of most mainstream brands, you open up a packet of Pertwood Oats and the intoxicating memory of flapjacks immediately infiltrates your nostrils, reminding you that life is good and that chocolate isn't the only cake. It looks like winter just got a little sunnier!"
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Environment Editor at The Independent
16 July 2010