Our ECO stance
Ecological Evaluation of Cultivation
Practises at Dartmoor Chilli Farm
- written by Abigail Wills, BSc Wildlife
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We are a green company with a very low
carbon foot print. Caring for the environment is very important to us we farm
organically and holistically and do not use any herbicides, fungicides or
We try as best as we can to live and work in harmony with nature and our
surroundings we are able to achieve this with the following :
- The nursery is off grid, we use five large and two small solar panels and a
wind turbine for our electricity.
- Rain water harvesting, we have over twenty 1000 Litre water containers which
are connected to all of the buildings.
- A composting toilet.
- Paper is recycled into briquettes which is then used on our wood burner. We
compost all of our household waste and recycle bottles and cans. Plastic which
by conscious shopping we keep to a minimum is recycled where possible. We never
have any landfill waste.
- We use a woodburner to keep our seedlings nice and snug. We also use fleece
in the polytunnel to reduce the risk of damage caused by frost and to
discourage/protect against pests!
- Companion planting to deter slugs and snails such as Chervil and Calendula
and by using plants to encourage natural predators for aphids.
- Bio-degradable packaging for our plants which can be re-used by customers as
mini-germinators for their own seedlings. We also use recycled paper and recycle
/ reuse all packaging.
- We use biological controls such as Encarsia Formosa and encourage ladybirds
and hoverflies in the polytunnels.
- Slugs and snails are manually collected throughout the day and evenings and
given a holiday in one of our lower fields.
- We have a wormery which makes a brilliant and nutritious liquid plant feed.
We also use comfrey and nettle tea to feed our plants.
- We have planted a mixed fruit orchard of old English and Devon varieties of
apples, damsons, pears, plums and greengages. In time we would like to use our
own fruit in our chilli preserves.
- We grow a variety of fruit and vegetables which when we can we use in our
chilli produce, if we buy in fruit and vegetables we always try and source
locally grown produce which reduces unnecessary food miles and helps support
other local growers.
- We have planted 1500 hedging plants which will create natural wildlife
habitats for greater bio-diversity these include Hawthorn, Blackthorn,
Elderberry, Dog Rose, Hazel, Wild Pear, Crab Apple, Briar Rose, Dog Wood etc.
- We have started to plant two acres of coppice consisting of Ash, Walnut and
Sweet Chestnut which we will eventually coppice for our wood
Our wind turbine and another rainwater collecting
Solar panels are everywhere!
Our new orchard with added deer
Although we are currently supplying our plants in plastic pots, this is only because we are reusing pots accumulated in the last 4 years. In 2013, plug plants will be supplied in coir pots and larger ones in a plant based plastic alternative.
We hope to be able to move entirely over to coir pots in the near future.
We are always looking to add other green projects so please let us know of
any suggestions. We have also encouraged other people with similar ideas to
implement their own green and sustainable projects in their homes and
We are keen members of the Green Achiever Project which allows businesses to
easily demonstrate their green commitment to their customers. And a member of
We were also finalists for the FSB Devon 2010
Environmental Responsibility Award, finalists in the Debi Awards for
Environmental Innovation and WINNERS of the South Devon
Excellence Awards for 2010 in the category of Best Green Business.
Finalists in 2011 DEBI awards for Food, Farming and Leisure.
Read our solar guide here :
Dartmoor Chilli Farm - Estimated Carbon Footprint
- April 2011
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Other pictures :
We are currently planting 400+ Ash trees in our wildlife
We still have several hundred to plant. Unfortunately the ground
is very stony!
Collecting rainwater in one of the many water tanks at the
We have planted 1500+ hedging plants to create a biodiverse
We have planted an orchard. The trees need to be well protected
from the many deer that venture into our fields.
Our stock room is powered using solar. Its not a big panel but
it runs all the lighting in winter.
Another solar panel provides our kitchen area with power. On a
good summers day it gives us about 40 amps per day, more than enough to run
everything we need.
We grow holistically and organically without pesticides or
chemicals. We protect the strawberries with nettings and use companion planting
to encourage natural predators.