The team at The Paddock comprises of myself (Laura), my parents (Bob and Denise), my brother (James), my partner (Mike) and a small team of local community members. We are a small, local, family run business with a big heart, a passion for what we do and a very strong ethical and social conscience. Strong environmental ethics have always been a key driving force behind what we do right here at The Paddock. A desire to work with our natural environment to produce healthy, real food which is not only nourishing for our bodies but good for our environment too is one of the main reasons we do what we do. This is one of the main reasons we believe in organic food.
By working with a small network of local suppliers, we can ensure we know exactly how and where the food we sell is produced and keep food miles (the distance your food has travelled) to a minimum.
Our aim has always been to keep our packaging to a minimum, recycle whatever and wherever we can and keep our carbon footprint as low as possible. Long before the term Zero Waste had become as popular as it is today, we were providing plastic free options with the main concepts of REDUCE, REUSE AND RECYCLE at heart of what we do.
"Zero Waste is a philosophy that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. The goal is for no trash to be sent to landfills or incinerators. The process recommended is one similar to the way that resources are reused in nature."
We don't buy in plastic carrier bags or plastic bags for the veg. We reuse what comes into us from other suppliers. We send the majority of our fruit and veg loose, although we do wrap the more delicate items in brown paper. We use recycled pulp egg boxes and we don't have fancy cardboard boxes printed especially for our box scheme. We use recycled wooden or plastic crates, most of which now come through donations. We ask all customers to leave their empty egg boxes, crates and packaging in a usable condition at the door so our drivers can take them away to be reused. This not only makes environmental sense but helps us to keep the boxes affordable for you!
Since early 2016 we have offered organic milk in glass bottles, with a bottle refund scheme at our Farm Shop and all of the milk bottles are returned to Acorn Dairy for reuse.
We are working tirelessly to incorporate more and more products in our shop which have brown paper bags rather than plastic, or compostable wrapping in order that you can compost them at home.
In 2017 we developed a range of eco friendly household products, all with minimal packaging and made from plant based ingredients, rather than harsh, nasty chemicals. We have a refill system at our Farm Shop for some of these products whereby you can bring your own bottle to be refilled, reusing a plastic or glass bottle many times, keeping it out of landfill and reducing single use plastic.
From February 2019, we have a plastic free pantry of organic dried goods in store, where you will be able to come and buy some of our most popular organic dried goods loose, by weight, without plastic bags.
In order to ensure there is minimal food waste, we work mostly to a pre-order system, any small amounts of left over food always find a home, amongst staff, local community and charitable projects, our take-away nights, the animals or finally our compost heap which we then use to grow our veggies. We even have a composting loo at the smallholding and the majority of our equipment, even down to the timber for our raised beds has been reclaimed in some way!
Any profit we make is reinvested back into becoming ever more green, developing our range of green products and continuing work at our smallholding.
Enjoy browsing our selection of products which we have worked very hard to build, or reading about what we do and please do not hesitate to get in touch should you have any questions!
Laura is available for speaking at events, courses, consultancy and workshops. Please get in touch if you would like to speak to Laura about having her speak at your event or to organise a workshop by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or use the contact page.