As 2018 draws to a close, our teams are celebrating a successful year. The dry summer created additional challenges but we worked hard to set the farm up for Harvest 2019. Over 4,000 acres have been drilled, and winter crops are now successfully established. The arable ground is based around a wide rotation of crops. These include winter wheat and cover crops, which enhance crop production, spread business risk and boost biodiversity.
Why Cover Crops?
The introduction of cover crops to the rotation 5 years ago displays our passion for environmentally-responsible farming. The crops provide a valuable habitat for wildlife, improves local water quality Read More
Strawberries are one of our main crops here at E C Drummond, and there has never been a better time to indulge in this super fruit. As consumers become increasingly aware of the need to eat better quality food, our teams strive to cultivate the very best, nutritionally dense strawberries. The fruits themselves are a rich source of vitamins C and K as well as providing a good dose of fibre, folic acid, manganese and potassium. We go to great lengths to ensure that our strawberries are the highest quality possible, both in terms of taste and nutritional value. We are proud to be one of the leading Read More
Spring into action
After a frosty start to the year, Spring has brought some welcome sunshine to warm things up on the farm. We have been busy cultivating our crops and the first fruits are coming along nicely. We have had great success using our tabletop growing systems and polytunnels. These innovative systems enable us to nurture our strawberry plants all year round. The tables also improve working conditions for our teams who do not need to bend down when tending to the plants or picking produce.
Alongside supplying soft fruit, E C Drummond also Read More
In order to continue our enhancements for our seasonal workers, more of our campsite facilities have been upgraded for this season.
New caravans have been purchased and are now in place with the finishing touches to have them ready for the 2018 picking season, which will start soon, almost complete.
Smarter area between caravans.
E C Drummond have hit the ground running in 2018 as we kick start the strawberry planting season. Set in some 90 hectares of Herefordshire countryside, The Homme Farm in Ross-on-Wye produces over 1600 tonnes of quality soft fruit. As key suppliers to major supermarkets across the UK, E C Drummond prioritise the strawberry planting season to meet the demand.
Cultivating quality is at the core of all we do. In order to do this, we know that we need to build more than just a thriving business, we need to build a thriving team. The E C Drummond farms are supervised by highly skilled managers who have Read More
Winter is typically a slower season for many as people wind down to Christmas, however this is not the case at E C Drummond! Our dedicated staff work on our Hampshire and Herefordshire farms all year round to preserve and protect our quality produce. Crops are continuously being planted and nurtured to keep a constant supply of soft fruit and arable to major national retailers.
It all starts with the soil
The best way to get the best crops is planting them in good soil. E C Drummond have over 50 years’ experience in arable farming and we go the extra Read More
As the first official month of Autumn, September has seen our staff as busy as ever with harvest across 10,000 hectares of farmland. The E C Drummond farm is split three ways between arable, soft fruit and poultry, and arable definitely takes centre stage each Autumn. Our Hampshire and Herefordshire farms grow wheat, barley and oilseed rape alongside our first-class potatoes. Typical British weather has hit many arable crops hard, however, our harvesting team have worked tirelessly to protect and bring in the best crop yield we possibly can.
The start of Wimbledon means that summer is finally here, and what better way to celebrate than with the obligatory strawberries and cream while watching your favourite players at the Tennis Championships! As a leading supplier to Wm Morrison’s, we are working hard to provide the freshest produce possible, and here we take a closer look at our patented strawberry growing process.
Starting out strong
Summer is right around the corner and the E C Drummond headquarters are simply buzzing with activity. After our spring planting frenzy, our crops are growing thick and fast thanks to the mild weather we have been enjoying. At E C Drummond, we take great pride in the quality of the produce that we distribute to our customers nationwide. From perfect potatoes to stellar strawberries, cultivating crops is a science that we have spent years honing and refining. Here we let you in on our secrets to success in supplying premium produce year in year out.
Invest in the ground
Every fruit or vegetable grown at E C Drummond has been under the Read More
Welcome to the Spring edition of the E C Drummond newsletter and things are certainly ramping up here on the farm! Our teams are hard at work preparing the packing houses for a busy harvest season in a few short months. Cultivations are well on the way for potatoes and cereal crops and the drill/planter isn’t far behind. Our first strawberry crops of the year are coming along nicely, and our purpose built packing house is really starting to take shape. At E C Drummond we prioritise sustainable farming and environmental awareness, and as we go into full picking and packing mode, we remained focused on how to achieve the Read More