This farm near Stevenage describes itself as a community interest company. They rely on a hard-working group of co-farmers who keep their produce and livestock in tip-top shape without the help of any fungicides or pesticides. If you live north of the city in the areas between St Albans and Chelmsford, you can get free
Farmaround was London’s very first organic box company. The benefits of organic food and farming for consumer’s health and the for the environment have been promoted by the company since the 90s. The produce in these fruit and veg boxes comes from not only local British farmers, but also small cooperative farms in mainland Europe.
Started in 2000 by husband and wife team Simon and Helen Pattinson after an inspiring experience camping on a cocoa plantation in South America, Montezuma’s is a small company that’s made a big impact in the chocolate industry. Eschewing the traditional (and expensive) Fairtrade accreditation and instead creating their own strict ‘trading fairly’ policy, this
This exotic-sounding company is actually based in Norfolk. Specialising in truffles and ice cream, they are proudly organic, gluten free, dairy free and soy free. And with 100 awards under their belt, they obviously know how to make great products. It’s clear that slow and considered growth is a cornerstone of the business. They acknowledge
The Theo Chocolate factory in Seattle was the first to be awarded Organic and Fair Trade certifications in North America. It’s also fully owned by the company, so they use the money saved on rents and overheads to buy the best quality cocoa beans. The cocoa farmers that supply Theo Chocolate are paid well to
This British company proudly claim that no planets, people or animals will be harmed in the process of making their chocolate bars. The company buys their beans through direct trade. The short chain and solid ethics behind this process mean that they pay up to eight times more than other fair trade schemes, with more
It’s no surprise that when Shawn Askinosie decided to make the life-changing decision to quit his career as a criminal defense lawyer and learn how to become a chocolate maker, the dedication that he put into learning all there is to know about chocolate made him one of the most respected leaders in the industry.
Championing seasonal and local produce is the aim of the community-led Vegbox scheme based in Kentish Town. The workers and volunteers in this project source organic produce with considered care. It’s a not-for-profit group that supports small-scale organic farmers, donates any surplus produce to local cafes and shelters, and works hard to keep their vegboxes
Taking things back to basics, Silo prides itself on using pure ingredients, clean farming and operating a zero-waste policy. Their ethical practises include producing locally, reducing food miles and using unprocessed food that is better for our bodies and the environment. Old Tree, their very own brewery, creates fermented drinks using foraged and intercepted plants,