in 2005, we are Natural
growers of English and Japanese vegetables herbs and fruit.
Based in Lewes, in the county of East Sussex, England, we were among the first growers in the UK to pioneer the agroforestry method known as 'alley cropping' and to attempt to use conservation biological control in a commercial free-of-subsidy setting. After 15 years we still use no pesticides, no fungicides and no herbicides - not even the approved organic chemicals. In this our 9th year of setting up the alley cropping system it is still in it's infancy as we try to propagate trees that will both thrive in the range of soils nature has given us and that will provide an in-demand product at a competitive price for the consumer.
The vast majority of our crops are grown outside for a nutrition and flavour boost from nature's harsh environment. Although our 'slow-food' methods mean a shorter growing season the result is a taste second to none and a shelf-life many times longer than much shop or wholesaler-sourced produce. We do not buy in from other growers or wholesalers – everything we supply is grown by us on our land. Our pre-dawn harvests ensure customers receive produce that is only 2 to 12 hours from being picked, this freshness again ensuring maximum nutrition, taste and shelf-life.
From ashitaba to yuzu, artichokes to wild carrots we grow a wide range of English and Japanese vegetables together with an increasing variety of fruit. We specialise in sweet eat-off-the-bush blackcurrants and gooseberries, a range of lesser-known bush fruits such as aronia, golden currant, haskap, juneberry, saskatoon, sea buckthorn and tayberry and have some 150 fruit trees just starting to produce. The year 2016 gave us our first crop of yuzu and in 2017 we harvested our first nashi asian pears.
Japanese Vegetable Box. ( 野菜ボックスの説明). Launched in June 2009, we currently have collection points in Acton, Brighton, Chelsea, the City, Ealing, Finchley, Forest Row, Golders Green, Hackney, Hammersmith, Hampstead, Hampton, Harrow, Haywards Heath, Highgate, Holloway, Hove, Ladbroke Grove, New Malden, Putney, Richmond, Soho, St John's Wood, Swiss Cottage, Totteridge, Tunbridge Wells, Twickenham, Wembley and Woodside Park and regularly add more in London, Surrey, Sussex and West Kent. Please contact us for more details. The Tombo Café act as a Chelsea collection point and Koya in Soho's Frith Street and at the Bloomberg Centre in the City also act as our collection point. In Holland Park Flat Three (100m west of the tube station) have kindly agreed to act as a collection point. The current calendar for vegetable box deliveries can be viewed by clicking here.
We welcome enquiries from new customers. Visitors - particularly those willing to do a day's work - are welcome at any time to our beautiful and remote growing site near Cooksbridge. We have opportunities for longer farm experience and currently have part-time and full-time paid employment vacancies. For more information please contact us.
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