Blog: Small is beautiful in the organic world

Catherine Sleep | 5 September 2006

The Soil Association has just unveiled the winners of its prestigious Organic Food Awards and I was invited to the press launch to learn first-hand who had triumphed and taste some of their products. Some of the winners were predictable but several took me by surprise. Pear and parsnip ice-cream, anyone? No, well how about some pumpkin seed butter?

It was also refreshing to see companies judged by virtues other than their turnover or accountability to shareholders. The Organic Box Scheme of the Year award was won by Amanda Goddard of Spring Grove Market Garden in Somerset. The company grows 95% of the produce for its boxes on three acres of land where Amanda and her team have planted hedges, native, fruit and nut trees, set up a beehive and keep 50 laying hens.

Their cooperative business is creative and experimental, growing heritage varieties and unusual vegetables such as purple beans, yellow courgettes, and rainbow chard. The business is very small scale, delivering just 80 boxes a week within a four-mile radius.

Yes, you read right, that’s just 80 boxes. You hear that, Tesco? This really is living the dream, I guess. The company is working to balance commercial viability with sustainable, ethical, low impact living, and it’s winning medals for it. Small can be beautiful.

Find out more about the other winners by clicking here.


BLOG

Barilla puts sustainability centre stage

Barilla's 2016 results statement, published last week, makes interesting reading, not because of the Italian food group's commercial performance, but for the emphasis placed on sustainability achievem...

BLOG

UK M&A deal volumes slide in early months of 2017

Fresh data from Grant Thornton indicates the number of mergers and acquisitions in the UK food and drink sector fell to the lowest level for over two years in the first quarter of in 2017 - but the ac...

BLOG

Food policy returns to focus in Westminster

Amid the political turmoil in the UK caused by the EU Referendum, the resignation of a Prime Minister, subsequent burning debates over the Brexit “divorce” settlement and now by the surprise announcem...

BLOG

Danone closes WhiteWave, who will acquire Stonyfield?

Danone completed its US$12.5bn acquisition of WhiteWave Foods this week. The move will roughly double Danone's presence in North America, where WhiteWave is a top four dairy player. ...

just-food homepage



Forgot your password?