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
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
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
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
Happy New Year from all the team at E C Drummond, and welcome to our first newsletter of 2017. We are well in to the new season already and this year is set to be one of our busiest yet. Read on to get the inside scoop on the plans to increase productivity here on the farm.
New Season, New Plants
January has seen the start of our strawberry planting. The planting process requires precision planning and preparation, and in addition to traditional poly tunnels, we have continued to invest in table top growing systems to increase our crop yield.
New Season, New Systems