West Drumliah Fruit Farm is particularly conscious of their environmental impact, using a specialist to take a natural approach when dealing with infestations like green flies or red spiders. With this method of introducing natural predators it allows them to use only the bare minimum of biological chemicals. The fruit is never sprayed while being picked. Gillian comments that this approach gives a balance, which makes the food taste better.
This environmentalism extends into their growing season, strawberry planting is staggered throughout the Spring, allowing for a steady and natural harvest of berries throughout the summer and autumn.
A big thank you to Gillian for showing us around the wonderful West Drumliah Fruit Farm. Her business is a great example of an environmentally friendly organisation in Sutherland, providing huge benefit to the local community. Our conversation with Gillian highlighted all of the advantages of eating locally, you can see below for gardening and cooking advice for your own produce!
Want to Read More?
On Eating Locally:
1 How Bad are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything, Mike Berners- Lee
How to Grow Strawberries:
The Royal Horticultural Society: Strawberries
Gillian’s Recommended Recipe:
Mary Berry’s White Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake
Caithness Summer Fruits
Nanny’s Tea Room
The Caley Café