Organic Orchard Maintenance
Organic farming doesn’t simply mean that you do nothing and let nature take its course. If that were the case, the bugs and diseases would completely take over! Maintaining an orchard using organic principles and techniques is highly specialized, very weather dependant and a true labour of love as it is very labour intensive!
Over the years we have experimented with various natural substances and methods to control the many pests and diseases that attack apple trees in particular. We believe we know have the “secret sauce” that works extremely well for us! Organic apples will rarely be that picture perfect, completely blemish free apple that you can buy in the grocery store. Those apples are there only by virtue of the unbelievable array of chemicals that they are exposed to, as many as 20 different sprayings of chemicals during a 4 month growing season.
Even though Loughborough Heritage Orchard is maintained using exclusively organic and natural products and according to organic standards, we are not government certified organic. The size of our orchard is limited and the cost of certification would drive up the costs of our produce. One of our primary goals and philosophies is to ensure that we provide the best produce we can at a price that is affordable for everyone.