Sustainable Guernsey Farming

Our goal at Orgeris Organics is to produce sustainable, locally-grown food crops for the Guernsey community. We follow organic principles of food production and employ a minimal-dig method of cultivation in order to preserve the structure of the soil, which we believe is the key to producing healthy plants.

We also feel that we are just caretakers of the land and that we have a duty to look after it and to manage it in ways that can include (rather than exclude) our native wildlife and promote biodiversity. In doing this we hope to contribute to the conservation of our natural environment, and its resources, for the benefit of present and future generations (of all living creatures).

Background

In 2014, we purchased a 1.5 acre glasshouse site in the North of the island which had been used for tomato production for many decades. With the site, we inherited a significant legacy of industrial waste, not to mention a lifeless soil and a generally degraded environment.

It has been a challenging process to rehabilitate the site and to make it suitable for organic crop production and we still have a long way to go. Unfortunately, there is no financial support available in Guernsey to help restore these old glasshouse sites and neither is there any general support for horticulture or food farming.

That is why in 2016, we started a local veg box scheme and have used the funds to pay for the development of the site. The scheme was very successful and by 2018 we had over 100 customers per week.

Unfortunately, due to a lack of infrastructure, we have found it difficult to cope with such a large number of weekly veg boxes. We have therefore decided that from 2019, we will be reducing the veg box scheme to a maximum of 40 customers per week, so that we can more easily manage the production and processing and also maintain a good level of service. Our hope is that this will give us more time to develop the infrastructure needed to support a larger veg box scheme in the future.

Community Supported Agriculture

The 2019 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) scheme is only being offered to previous participants.