Environment and Lifestyle

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In the first book of the Bible, Genesis, God gives these instructions to Adam and Eve:-

God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground." Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground -- everything that has the breath of life in it -- I give every green plant for food." And it was so. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.

We understand this to give humanity both the privilege and responsibility of using and caring for the earth's abundant resources. Sadly we also believe that we have on the whole abused the privilege and avoided the responsibility.

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As a result we believe that we have to take positive steps to redress this tragedy, and begin again to take seriously our responsibilities. Furthermore, this cannot be just intellectual chatter but has to actually change our lifestyle.

In response to this:-

  • We are Affiliated Producers and Processors of the Wholesome Food Association.

  • Our smallholding is run, as far as we are able, on a free range, organic and GMO free basis.

  • Our baking enterprises similarly aim to be home-grown, organic and GMO free with no added preservatives.

  • What we cannot grow, we try to source locally; e.g. We use a variety of flours from Wantage Flour Mill, who in turn use a lot of Oxfordshire wheat.

  • We buy, sell and use Fairly Traded goods; e.g. Clipper Teas, Cafe Direct etc 

  • We aim to sell primarily to local people; Wallingford Farmers Market and the Farm Shop and you'll find us in the Oxfordshire Local Food Directory. 

  • We actively pursue recycling and reusing strategies.

  • We apply ethical criteria to our banking and investment policy.

  • We are constantly seeking new and better ways to pursue this lifestyle, and to keep ourselves informed on these and other environmental issues.

We welcome any comments and suggestions as to how we can more effectively care for our environment.

 

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