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Thought folk might be interested in some of the methods the agricultural community are trying in order to grow our food without the use of pesticides 


Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.


  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,655
    There was an article on our local news about farmers using phacelia as a cover crop, finding it brought in the hoverflies and seeing a reduction in aphids as a result.

    That one's not a new idea, of course  :)
    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • didywdidyw Posts: 2,935
    Fascinating @Dovefromabove!  Later in the year, to launch a new Food & Drink street market in Bungay, I'll be working with others to put on some fringe events and one of them will be presentations/round table debate from local food producers about how they are combating climate change and other threats.  It will be led by someone who farms organically and works with other local farms moving into regenerative farming.  We'll also have someone from One Farm who are planning on creating a new vertical farm in a disused warehouse near Newmarket.  
    It's pleasing to see so many small-scale farmers tackling the problems of producing food sustainably.
  • Slow-wormSlow-worm Posts: 1,457
    100% what we need!! 
    Love it. 
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,978
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,396
    Interesting, @Dovefromabove but the best thing to do for insects is to ban neonicotinoids immediately and severely curtail the others.  Some, including neonics persist in the soil for more than 10 years so the more that are used adds exponentially to the problem. No one knows how long they really last.

    I'm coming from a farming background too and well understand the pressures farmers are under, especially from the agrochemical agronomists. 
    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    Wild Ken are also consistently using cover crops like tansy. 
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