What is organic?
Put simply, organic means growing food as naturally as possible, with the highest regard for the environment and animal welfare, without resorting to the use of artificial chemicals.
Where animals are concerned, they must graze on natural pastures, have the opportunity to roam freely and be reared without the routine use of drugs, such as antibiotics and growth stimulants.
Strict regulations govern the use of the word organic and it can only be applied to things that have been farmed according to tightly specified codes of practice.
The farmers growing organic food believe that our health is directly connected to the food we eat and, ultimately, the health of the soil being farmed.
Each year more and more people agree with them and choose organic food because they believe organic agriculture produces products that taste better, are nutritionally safer and superior. Many also feel that farming using methods that are more sustainable and better for the environment is increasingly important. Not just for now, but also for the future.
What is organic farming?
Organic farming is a purely natural form of agriculture. Farms adopting it subscribe to the highest levels of animal welfare and aim to grow their crops without resorting to synthetic sprays such as fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. They believe that this produces better, more natural food, which is free of chemical residues and is often nutritionally superior to non organic products.
Coombe Farm’s experience has shown that working organically also leads to a much improved environment for wildlife, with fields that are free of synthetic chemicals supporting a richer cross-section of wild animal, bird and insect life.
For a farm to call itself organic it has to be regularly checked, or accredited, by one of the independent certification bodies which are licensed by the Government.
The largest of these is The Soil Association,which is based in Bristol, and is the charity which regularly checks Coombe Farm. Their visits are an independent assurance that the milk produced meets the best possible organic standards.