gary, beryl & sam
We are a small family run business, farming has always been our lives.
Right from a young boy Gary has always been involved with farming and livestock and on leaving school went farming full time until 1986 he took over the farm when his employers retired.
Beryl was brought up on a small farm on leaving school became a veterinary nurse. Only leaving to bring up Sam. He was involved on the farm at a very early age often in his rucksack whilst we both did tasks on the farm. He had his first sheep and pig by the time he went to secondary school.
He went to Plumpton college at 14 and gained his NVq in agriculture.
we are a small family run business, farming has always been our lives.
Our animals are naturally reared on our farm and are conservation grazers in and around the City of Brighton & Hove.
We sadly lost our farm in Glynde in 2002 when the tenant farms were reorganised.We moved to Ringmer and Gary then got a job with Sussex Wildlife trusts as their grazing officer; He has gained a huge amount of knowledge about conservation grazing which he has duly passed onto Sam. We graze a huge amount of sites for Brighton council as well as renting marsh sites. as well as the fields we use here so the sheep have always got plenty of fresh grazing.
Our scotch mules we buy in August as youngsters in Scotland. the Herdwicks we buy direct from the hill farms in Cumbria in October.
We have different breeds of sheep to suit the habitat they are grazing ie. the scotch mules are usually on the grassy sites whereas the herdwicks eats a lot of shrubbery.
Our range of lamb, beef and pork is reared on grazing conservation sites and from our generational farming methods on our own farm.The old fashioned and rare breeds are not only best for promoting wildlife but we find are far better for producing the best quality meat because they are naturally reared and allowed to mature slowly and on natural food sources. the flavour of the meat reflects this. we have even been told by some customers that at certain times of the year where animals have grazed sites rich in wild herbage that it can be tasted in the meat. we are also are very proud to provide local food to local people, which is why we use our local abbottoir a few miles away and try to have no more than 30 food miles on any of our meat.
The cattle will be either, British white, Sussex, Hereford or Longhorn.
The sheep will be from Herdwicks, Hebridian, Texel or Mules.
The pigs will be large white, Berkshire or Gloucester old spots.
Please pop down to Foodshed to purchase our meat and place orders
We are on the hunt for ' lookerers' ( Volunteer shepherds) to help keep an eye on our conservation herds that graze around Brighton- Mainly East Brighton park and Stanmer park, if you want to help and do our free course please get in touch. or visit BHCC to find out more.