Farrington’s Mellow Yellow

Father and son duo Duncan and Robert Farrington run a family farm in the beautiful Northamptonshire village of Hargrave. In 1984 Robert began growing oilseed rape as a “break crop” to improve the farm’s crop rotation. When Duncan finished university he joined the family business, and in 2005 Duncan started selling oil that his mum had bottled to local shops. From these humble beginnings, they now produce as many bottles in a day as they did in their first year and count celebrity chefs Nigella Lawson and Michel Roux Jr among their fans. 

Duncan says: 

“Bees, and in particular our native wild bee species, are important indicator species to show the general wellbeing of much of the other wildlife around us. We do not use these neonicotinoids in growing our rapeseed and do not intend to if the ban is lifted.” 

Duncan’s tips to control pests and get the best crop possible: 

  • Leaving a 4 or 5 year gap between rapeseed sowings to reduce disease 
  • Sowing other crops with the rapeseed to confuse pests and improve fertility 
  • Ploughing the soil as little as possible to improve its structure

The Farringtons care for wildlife wherever possible, and have owl boxes, beetle banks and wildflowers on their land to provide a home to our little friends in nature. They are LEAF farmers (Linking Environment and Farming) and grow their crops to LEAF Marque standards. 

Available online, nationally in Waitrose, Sainsburys, Morrisons, and Booths, and in many independent retailers. 

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