The The Nearly Naked Veg Company Philosophy
Who are The Nearly Naked Veg Company, and why only nearly?
The Nearly Naked Veg Company was set up by Ben, and it is from him that the passion really flows. Having worked in farming all his life, he really knows his stuff and the 'The Nearly Naked Veg Company' concept came from what he saw as a gap in the market. He works closely with Tom, another land passionate one, who has a wealth of farming experience. Between them they make a formidable team! You wouldn't find either of them behind a desk though and so Ben enlisted his sister Sam to control the paperwork.
So, what is the difference between our non organic philosophy and alternative farming philosophies such as organic for example?
- We grow 80% of our own veg, and when we do buy in, we ALWAYS source locally.
- We spray only to cure diseases, not to prevent them, so there are never any unnecessary chemicals on your veg!
- We use traditional weeding methods such as hoe and rakes as much as possible, rather than conventional methods, in order to keep the level of herbicides (and our need for gym memberships!) to a minimum.
- Our aim is to pick the vegetables the day prior to delivery to your door for optimum freshness, although the weather may dictate otherwise sometimes!
Conventional farming aims for the highest productivity using large amounts of chemicals as preventatives for problems, and mined fertilizers as nutrition. This type of system can often be at the cost of the environment and the quality of the product, as farmers are unable to keep a close eye on all their crops. This is what we mean when we talk about a 'spray to prevent' policy.
On the other hand, organic farming utilises masses of labour to manage their crops but produces very low yields. The organic system can result in poor land management and high levels of wastage which always results in high prices. Our target is to reach a healthy middle ground between conventional and organic agricultural systems.