What happens to bees in autumn and winter?

posted by Clare Fairs on February 22, 2017

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.



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Bee Friendly Shoppers Guide to Rapeseed Oil

Hillfarm featured in Friends of the Earth’s Bee-Friendly Shopper’s Guide to Rapeseed Oil

posted on November 23, 2016

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.



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Borage flower

Everything You Need to Know About Borage

posted by Clare Fairs on July 14, 2016

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?



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Our bee hives by the rapeseed fields

Say Hello to the Hillfarm Honey Bees!

posted by Lawrence Frohn on May 25, 2016

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!



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School children with Sam Fairs & his tractor

Farmer Sam’s Tractor Goes on Tour

posted by Lawrence Frohn on April 18, 2016

What happens when you send 74 tractors to 74 different primary schools in Suffolk? Farmer Sam recently discovered the answer to that exact question when we took park in the Tractors in Schools initiative!



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Launching hillfarm honey!

posted by hillfarm on December 10, 2015

Bees are hugely important to us on the farm and we’ve launched a hillfarm honey made by the bees on the farm



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Crops

Winter on the farm

posted by Sam Fairs on December 2, 2015

The days have got shorter and the weather has certainly taken a turn for the worse with heavy rain, strong winds and at least one big frost.



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Autumn news from the farm

posted by Sam Fairs on October 26, 2015

We’ve had some great growing weather this autumn, warm wet days, and, this week lots of sunshine in Suffolk. The rapeseed we drilled at the end of summer is starting to grow and the fields are turning green again.



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Doubling production in 12 months!

posted by Lawrence Frohn on September 15, 2015

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!



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Farm news: harvest, cultivation and drilling

posted by Sam Fairs on September 15, 2015

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



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No neonicotinoids at hillfarm

posted by Sam Fairs on September 2, 2015

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



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BRC Grade A – reaching a new standard

posted by Lawrence Frohn on August 28, 2015

hillfarm achieves BRC Grade A We’ve been working hard at hillfarm to meet the global standards for food safety set by BRC.  It is not a legal requirement to adhere to a food safety standard in this country although many artisan food producers are accredited by SALSA to demonstrate that they produce their food in a safe … Continue reading BRC Grade A – reaching a new standard



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