Farmers are custodians of the natural environment. As such, Fen Peas take our responsibilities seriously.
We leave uncultivated six metre-wide margins around our fields to leave a buffer between those and other fields, hedgerows and watercourses. This not only gives wildlife space to retreat to when machinery is on the land but also prevents sprays applied to other fields from drifting onto our crops.
We use sprays ourselves as little as we can, and only to prevent the crop from being damaged by diseases which would reduce the quality. Wherever possible, we farm our peas without chemicals. We adopt the approach of feeding the crops with minerals when necessary, in order that the peas can ‘fight their own battles’.
We operate two types of pea harvester: two Ploeger 540-EPDs and a PMC 979-CT. The Ploegers run at low revs with a Tier 5 Scania engine, while the PMC has a Tier 3 Deutz V6 water-cooled engine with added charged air coolers. This reduces exhaust emissions, particularly carbon monoxide, and boosts power output to 400hp. These engines are lighter, quieter and more economical.
We monitor our carbon footprint, and seek to minimise it through our choice of machinery, fuel and transport planning. All our machines run on wide tracks, to minimise soil impact.
Fen Peas will continue to monitor developing technologies in order to ensure the machinery we use to bring peas to your plate are as efficient and environmentally harmless as possible.
All peas grown by Fen Peas are produced to the Assured Food Standards.
This standard monitors the planning of the crop, crop spray applications, harvesting and storage as well as dealing with the responsible disposal of waste.
Fen Peas will continue to comply with all relevant environmental protection legislation.