Beechenhill Farm - Organics
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Organics

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Clover Weed Control Compost Manure Animal Welfare Soil Biodiversity Organic Milk not allowed
 
 
CLOVER
 
Plants need nitrogen to grow. Clover is a special plant that can take nitrogen from the air and give it to other plants like grass. Clover is a very important part of an organic farming system.
 
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WEED CONTROL
 
On an organic farm weeds are controlled without chemical sprays. Thistles and nettles are cut down, and docks are dug up before they can spread their seed.
 
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COMPOSTING MANURE
 
Manure is a mixture of animal dung and straw, it is good plant food. The manure is composted, this means it is put in a pile and turned regularly to let air in. Bugs (bacteria) break down the manure and kill the weed seeds and poisons. Composting makes the manure easy for the plants to use.
 
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ANIMAL WELFARE
 
Organic farmers have to obey special rules when looking after their animals to make sure they are healthy and happy.
 
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SOIL
 
Soil is very important to an organic system. A hectare of soil contains 4 tons of earthworms, 10 tons of fungi, 1 ton of spring tails, spiders, beetles and snails.
 
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BIODIVERSITY
 
An organic system uses no poisonous chemicals that harm wild animals or plants. Many trees and bushes have been planted on the farm to make safe places for wildlife to live. Many insects and mini-beasts come to live in these safe areas. The insects attract lots of birds. Hares, badgers and other small animals live safely on the farm. The natural wild plants of the Peak District thrive on the farm because weed-killers do not kill them.
 
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ORGANIC MILK AND LAMB
 
The organic milk produced on the farm is sold to companies who make organic cheese, butter and milk for drinking. The organic lamb meat is sold to local people.
 
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NOT ALLOWED
 
There are things that Organic farmers are not allowed to use on an organic farm. No chemical fertilisers or synthetic sprays are used. Antibiotics are very powerful medicines, they are only allowed in emergencies, if an animal is seriously ill. If a cow is given antibiotics in an emergency, her milk is not sold but thrown away for at least 14 days.
 
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