A world first!!
Some exciting news – Greens Farming have made an exciting change to the beetroot growing process; maximising beetroot produced per hectare whilst still meeting our customer requirements. This exciting change is the first in the industry and utilises the world’s biggest beetroot harvester! We are already seeing huge benefit from this new system and we are really pleased with the success. You can watch a video here.
We confirm we have complied with the government’s guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19. View confirmation here.
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As part of our continued commitment to feed the nation we are pleased to have donated another crop to good causes this week. @fareshareuk this week received 52 tons of beetroot from us that will be re-distributed by them to a variety of charitable cause. #farming #crops #friday #charities #redistribution #fareshare
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on the 23rd March that the country is to enter a period of enforced isolation and stringent social distancing measures, we would like to confirm what we have been doing over the last few weeks to ensure the wellbeing of our employees, our customers, our growers and suppliers. Please read the full Company Statement on COVID-19 here.
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Grimme & John Deere Greenstar set up and training day in Norfolk. 5 new Grimme GB330 planters will be working with John Deere Greenstar Gen 4 displays for isobus control, Section Control & Documentation. Transferring information via wireless data transfer to myjohndeere.com #johndeere #grimme #precisionfarming #potatoes2020
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Planning is underway for our next @countrytrust visit. Greens have been hosting school visits now for over a year, inviting school children to come and experience farm life. For some of these children, it is their first visit to the Countryside and their first opportunity to see where the food that they eat comes from. It is also a good opportunity for our employees to be involved with the next generation – one hopefully full of farmers. #farming #agriculture #education #school #children #fieldtofork #harvest #vegetables #nextgeneration
Greens employee captains Team UK at the AGROlympics in Poland
Carl Tuck, who works at Greens Farming, will lead his country at the international farming skills challenge – which is known as the ‘farming Olympics’.
The 17-year-old will be joined by three other apprentices from Easton and Otley College and together they will make up Team UK.
The squad will take part in 20 challenges ranging from milking a cow to tractor driving against teams from around 30 other nations.
Read the full article here (https://www.elystandard.co.uk/news/carl-tuck-team-uk-agrolympics-1-6067185)
Announcement – William Shakeshaft takes over as Managing Director
Following the departure of John Addams-Williams, Greens of Soham Ltd (Greens) has appointed William Shakeshaft as Managing Director.
Will has been with the Company for over 17 years, since joining as Crisping Potato Manager in 2001. Since then Will has established and directed various Greens of Soham businesses including turf, red beet and other specialist vegetable cropping. Will has been Director of Spearhead Marketing since 2014 and is now looking forward to his next exciting challenge as Managing Director. Will also sits on the board of the AHDB Potatoes.
Will takes over from John, who has left the Company after 21 years to relocate back to his family farm in Wales and the Company wish him the very best of luck for the future and thank him for his many years of hard work and dedication.
This appointment is with effect from 1st April 2019 and Will is continued to be supported by the existing team and together they will continue to drive forward the Greens of Soham brand of businesses.
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Country Trust Visit
On Friday 29th March, Greens of Soham hosted their first visit from the Country Trust and St. Christopher’s CEVCP School.
The school children were welcomed to a farm owned by Palmers in Stretham where Greens Farming were drilling beet root and preparing for the 2019 season.
The children enjoyed talking about what was going on and what the tractors were doing but were also keen in finding out about the soil type, the geographic area and the variables that make farming interesting.
After getting their hands dirty (whilst wearing gloves!), they were taken to the Red Beet grader in Hasse where they were able to go on a tour around the grader. The children found the grader to be noisy and a different environment but quickly acclimatised.
After lunch, the children enjoyed some activities in the new workshop organised by Greg Colebrook, Greens Farming Director, and they were able to enjoy some miniature field planting, sugar analysis, beet root tasting and tractor climbing. Greg said of the visit “it is always great to take the opportunity to educate children about food and farming. It is wonderful to hear the variety of questions you are asked by the children.”
After the visit, Sally Hetherington-Aherne said that “visits, such as those to Greens, are absolutely at the core of our programmes and without the support and generosity of farmer hosts and agricultural business, such as yourselves, they simply couldn’t happen”.
Greens of Soham looks forward to working with the Country Trust to host future visits enriching the education of the children involved.
The Country Trust
The Country Trust is a national education charity who aim to bring alive the countryside for children least able to access it. Since 1978 The Country Trust has been making it possible for hundreds of farmers and landowners to welcome thousands of disadvantaged young children from all backgrounds and faiths onto their farms to share their passion for food, farming and the countryside.
The visits give children experiences that they would not get were it not for your generosity. The children learn how and where the food they eat is produced, and how the countryside works, as well as giving them experiences that broaden their horizons, and result in increased self-confidence and memories that will stay with them for a long time.
Visit the Country Trust website here
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Greens of Soham visit East Anglia Air Ambulance
In March 2016, Barry a Greens of Soham employee had a heart attack while driving a telehandler in a remote area of Norfolk. Luckily, his first-aid trained colleague John was nearby and managed to get to him quickly, pull him out of the cab and started doing CPR which kept Barry miraculously alive until the first ambulance arrived. The East Anglia Air Ambulance was called on the scene as well and they transported Barry to Norwich hospital.
Barry has now fully recovered from his accident and is now back at work since October.
On Wednesday 7th February, a small group of Greens of Soham employees, including Barry and John had the chance to go to Cambridge airport and visit the East Anglia Air Ambulance facilities. They were able to meet the doctor who came out the day of Barry’s accident and the group was even lucky enough to see the Air Ambulance take of as it was called out on a mission during the visit.
The whole group showed a great interest about how the East Anglia Ambulance charity operates and understanding how vital it is to save lives, especially in remote areas where Greens of Soham operates.
Greens of Soham is now putting together a team for the Only The Brave race which takes place in Elveden near Thetford and raises money for the Air Ambulance.
Co-founder of Greens wins Wetland Creation award
Greens sets the standard with Onions
Source: The Vegetable Farmer October 2017
New Beetroot harvest trailer helps clean product and reduce haulage
New grader boosts crop handling
Source: Potato Review March/April 2017