The farms we work with are a part of their local community and their wider environment; looking after these elements are as important as looking after the animals they care for or the staff they employ.
Many of the farms we source from have extensive renewable energy generation projects in place, using solar, wind and biomass power to generate energy for their local area.
Biodiversity is another area where the farms who supply us have shone.
Bee Friendly Farms.
All Chippindale farmers, who produce many of the shell eggs we sell in our stores, are provided with a specially blended bee mixture to attract and maintain bumblebee populations, to sow into strips on land on their farms
The mixture include Phacelia which acts as a prolific flowering nurse crop whilst Red Clover and Sainfoin establish themselves. The Phacelia produces a fantastic display of purple flowers; it is possible to literally hear the mixture buzz with bees when in full bloom. Other varieties in the mix include Alsike Clover and Birdsfoot Trefoil. The mix is supplied in 5 kilo units for one acre of planting.
Charles Rook from R&J Farms is one of the farmers on this scheme:
“We drilled our first bee friendly mix over 5 years ago and have not regretted the decision since. The mix was easy to drill and established exceptionally well giving a diverse range of species and when flowered a vibrant array of colours and within the first year. Almost immediately we witnessed an increase in insect and bee activity and during the monthly bee walks we were able to identify 12 different species. Yesterday [April 2019] they saw a queen B lapidaries, a large mainly black bee with a red tail which was in very good condition.''
Eggs from these farms are now available as a product in our stores and online allowing customers to purchase eggs from hens to roam free in bee friendly woodlands with a natural diet of grains and foraged goodness, to create healthy, tasty golden yolks.