James Foskett Farms Ltd is a well-established family Farming Business based in Bromeswell near Woodbridge in East Suffolk where it has been growing crops in the Deben Valley for over 60 years.
Soil types are mainly sands or sandy loams which enable us to produce high value vegetable crops with the help of irrigation which is extremely important in such a dry part of the country. The close proximity of the coast and the North Sea make sure spring frosts and high summer temperatures are not as severe in this area as further inland giving us a unique chance to grow early crops of good quality.
Our land base amounts to 2600 acres which is partly owned and partly rented, either on FBT’s or annual cropping licenses with various landowners. We grow a good mix of crops which include seed potatoes, ware potatoes, onions, organic crops, sugarbeet, carrots and cereals.
Potatoes have always been the backbone of the business and huge investment has gone into state of the art grading, storage, growing and harvesting of our crops to satisfy our customers and make sure we are taking full advantage of modern technology if we can. We presently grow 1000 acres.
Onions have also become a very important crop to James Foskett Farms and we now grow in excess of 425 acres which are all destined for the multiples. Under our control we have storage for 7500 tonnes of onions in very modern up-to-date 3.5 tonnne cold box storage and cold bulk stores, so we can keep the onions right up to May and the beginning of June before being marketed.
Organic vegetable production was started in 2009 after two years of land conversion and there will be 500 acres of Organic land available to us from Spring 2018. We have a good range of crops to give us a sensible rotation which is essential in organic and all other crop production. Crops include potatoes, onions, green beans, carrots, sweetcorn, butternut squash, beetroot and courgettes.
James Foskett Farms are very conscious of the environment and have historically been committed members of the countryside stewardship scheme enabling us to coppice and replant all the hedges on the Farm which died from Dutch Elm disease. We are currently looking to join a new Environmental Stewardship scheme but this depends what might be available after Brexit. Twenty percent of our own farm is uncropped and includes 50 acres of Cricket Bat Willow plantations. The Farm has a huge variety of wildlife, especially as we are in a river valley with reed beds and other favourable habitats.
James Foskett Farms are proud of all the marketing accreditations it holds, these include Assured Combinable Crop Scheme, Assured Produce, Field to Fork, Leaf Marque, Tesco Nurture Award, Little red tractor and members of the Safe Haven Scheme for seed potatoes. We are also members of Organic Farmers and Growers.
The essence of the business is to produce a product of the right quality at the right time to suit the customer.