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
The table top growing systems have proved hugely successful and we have seen a larger crop yield of higher quality fruits. Such has been the success of the systems that we now use the table top method for 95% of our crops and we are looking forward to a really productive season.
In addition to superior fruits, the table top systems benefit our teams by creating much more comfortable working condition for our fruit pickers.
New Season, New Accommodation
Work is well under way to install a brand-new purpose built facility on the farm (Bottom Camp), and the building plans will include a dedicated Packhouse entrance for the Packhouse staff. The farm will also be welcoming replacement caravans in February / March. The new caravans will be used to accommodate our experienced seasonal workers as we embark on a busy season ahead.
We will keep you updated on the latest news and upcoming events at E C Drummond in the next newsletter!