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English Mustard Growers

A group of dedicated farmers in the Fens of Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Norfolk growing mustard seed exclusively for Colmans of Norwich

Mustard has been grown in Eastern England for 200 years with several family farms now in their 5th or 6th generation. English Mustard Growers (EMG), clean, calibrate and deliver high specification mustard seed.

The Varieties:

White Mustard (Sinapis alba) - Variety name Gedney named after a local Parish and bred by Colmans.  Sown in spring, some precision in 30-45cm rows. A further 50% is drilled using combi-drill in 10-20cm rows.

Brown Mustard (Brassica juncea) - Variety name, Sutton, named after a local Parish, bed by Colmans. Brown mustard is either sown late autumn in 30 - 50cm rows or can be Spring sown either precision in 45cm rows or combi-drill in 10-20cm rows. 

EMG produce at least 1200 tonnes annually and are responsible for delivering a high specification product to Colmans. All growers follow a carefully managed programme of pesticide useage to the Unilever Sustainable Agricultural Code of Practice.

Growers take care of honey bees, important for pollination particularly in White Mustard. So much so that a project is being undertaken with EMG, Hutchinsons and BBKA, to identify the improvement of EMG farms for honey bees and other pollinators.

Read more about the story of EMG's seed preservation by clicking the links in further reading and the celebration of their working partnership with Colmans English Mustard. Visit our website