Tablehurst Farm is a two-hundred hectare arable and stock farm comprising three main blocks of land owned by St Anthony’s Trust to the north and west of Forest Row. The other two blocks of privately-owned land that now comprise the farm are to the west of Forest Row, at Kidbrooke Farm and Springhill Farm. The farm produces meat, rearing beef cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry; and vegetables and soft fruit. The superb meat from Tablehurst has been a regular winner in the Soil Association Organic Food Awards and in recent years, Tablehurst has expanded its provision to include a wide range of really excellent vegetables and soft fruit that has been featured in the Daily Telegraph. The farm has a shop and a café with garden and is a very popular venue for local families with children.
In addition, the farm runs a small residential care home for three adults with disabilities who live and work on the farm, and it also offers training for apprentices and for students studying biodynamic agriculture.
Tablehurst Farm employs approximately x staff (x FTE), including farmers, growers, butchers, shop and café staff, care workers and apprentices. In addition to the employees, some Co-op shareholders are part of the farm board of directors. These volunteers meet regularly with the farmers and growers to plan and manage the business, including taking responsibility for the strategic plan, the budget, health and safety and liaison with the Co-op committee.
Plaw Hatch Farm is a one hundred hectare dairy farm and market garden situated south west of Forest Row, East Sussex. The land is largely owned by St Anthony’s Trust, with some additional land rented from private landowners. Plaw Hatch Farm is mainly a dairy enterprise and vegetable garden, although it also has started to produce its own sausages from the pigs on the farm. Wonderful raw milk, yoghurt, prize-winning cheeses, cream and the best-tasting eggs you can buy are produced on the farm.
The farm has a herd of 30 Meuse Rhine Issel (MRI) milking cows, which produce raw milk - Plaw Hatch is very special in not pasteurising its milk and people travel for miles around to be able to buy raw milk. The milk is either bottled for direct sale or processed on farm into products such as cream, yogurt and cheese. The 10-hectare market garden includes a large number of polytunnels that allow year-round cultivation of a range of vegetables. Produce is sold mainly through the farm shop. Plaw Hatch Farm employs x staff (x full time equivalent workers, including farmers, gardeners, a cheese and yogurt maker, a shop manager and shop staff. There are also apprentices and work experience students. In common with Tablehurst Farm, there is a management group comprising farmers, growers, other staff and co-op members.