Living and working on the farm means I come face-to-face with some of Britain’s most impressive wildlife day in, day out. In fact, one of my favourite ways to spend a little downtime is wandering through our fields, looking out for birds. So, to mark the start of summer (and the return of some of our favourite feathered friends), here’s a little ‘I spy’ of birds I’ve seen lately.
How much do you know about the way bees live? We’ve quizzed Hillfarm’s very own beekeeper Arlen on what happens to bees during the colder winter months, and what they’re doing now spring is just around the corner.
Did you know a third of all food we eat is pollinated by bees? And how about the fact that bees contribute £651 million to the UK economy every year? Here at Hillfarm we take our commitment to saving the bees very seriously, which is why we’re over the moon to be recognised by Friends of the Earth.
July is in full swing, and here on the farm we’re excited to see our Borage crops flourishing. The flower buds are now visible, and our fields are awash with a brilliant blue bloom. But what is Borage exactly? And why is it so important to us here at Hillfarm?
With the help of local beekeepers, we launched our very own range of Hillfarm Honey back in November. Fast-forward six months, and we’re excited to be welcoming our very own colony of bees to the farm! Our new bee farm has ten hives in total. After spending lots of time preparing the hives, we’ve finally welcomed the first nucleus of young bees and one Queen bee. We couldn’t be more excited!
12 months ago we had 8 presses at Hill Farm for gently squeezing the oil out of the rapeseed – we’ve doubled that to meet growing demand and now we have 16 presses! This is part of an ongoing programme to improve efficiency and volumes of production in response to growing demand for our cold … Continue reading Doubling production in 12 months!
Summer 2015 was a successful harvest for us at Hill Farm, we started early and were lucky with the dry weather in the east early on. Wheat harvest The wheat harvest was exceptional – we got going early with good yields of about 9.5 tonnes per hectare and a nice dry crop – it’s important … Continue reading Farm news: harvest, cultivation and drilling
This was the second year we did not use neonicotinoid seed treatments on our rapeseed crop and we’re pleased to say we didn’t see any impact on the quality or yield of the harvest. As a result we have committed hillfarm to not using neonicitinoid seed treatments on our crops until the scientists can say … Continue reading No neonicotinoids at hillfarm