Tablehurst Farm


Organic Farm, Vegetable Garden, Farm Shop and Cafe

Tablehurst Community Farm is a social enterprise founded in the mid 1990s. The farm produces meat, poultry, vegetables and arable crops to biodynamic and organic standards. Nearly all Tablehurst’s produce is sold through the farm shop and cafe. Both are open six days a week. The shop also offers an array of other organic produce. The range including dairy products from our sister farm, Plaw Hatch, fresh bread, biodynamic eggs, and a many other foodstuffs.

A farm for the community

The farm is open to the public and you are welcome to walk around. You can visit the animals, see the farmers and gardeners at work, and enjoy the spectacular Ashdown Forest scenery. From March to October, our al fresco kitchen is open. It offers wood-fired pizzas every Friday lunchtime, and our renowned barbecue every Saturday lunchtime.

Become a Farm Friend

Over 600 individuals have paid £100 to become shareholders in our community Co-op which owns the the farm business. If you would like to join them, just click here.

Land ownership

The land at Tablehurst is held in trust by a local charity called  St Anthony’s Trust, and leased to the farm business. Tablehurst also now leases land from several other landowners, including The Biodynamic Land Trust.

A farm, but not just a farm…

Farming is not all that goes on at Tablehurst.  We train young farmers and gardeners, welcome volunteers, encourage school visits, and run a small care home for adults with learning disabilities. We also hold regular community events at Tablehurst. These include farm walks, lambing days every spring and a barn dance every September. Therer are also regular workshops  on various aspects of food and farming. Overall, the farm provides employment for over 30 people in the local area.

A house made of straw

Peter Brown, our founding farmer, supported by an amazing team of volunteers, is currently building a straw bale house at Tablehurst which will provide him with a home in his retirement. In the longer term, the house will add to the farm’s supply of homes for farm and garden workers. You can read a lot more about the house and how it is being constructed here.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Tablehurst Farm!

 

Every Wednesday is Volunteer Day!

Tablehurst has been blessed with wonderful volunteers ever since it was founded in 1996. We are now launching an initiative to invite volunteers to the farm every Wednesday starting 29th May to get involved in a wide variety of activities to support the farm. This is a regular weekly event where we come together, meet […]

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Vacancy for shop/veg stall assistant

Tablehurst Farm Shop has a vacancy for an assistant to work in our farm shop, with particular responsibility for the vegetable stall. Working hours are Monday and Friday 7.30am to 2.00pm and Saturday 7.30am to 4.00pm, with a meal break each day. Pay is £8.21 per hour and we provide a free lunch on days […]

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Staying safe on public footpaths

Dear community, Following the tragic death near Burnt House Cottage last October we have reviewed the arrangements to ensure the safety of those using footpaths over farmed land. This is the first incident of this nature that we have experienced, and we want to do whatever we can to prevent a reoccurrence. As this note […]

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Tablehurst Care Home – Volunteers Wanted

By volunteering at Tablehurst Farm’s care home, a little of your time could make a big difference to our residents. We’ve had a small residential care home at Tablehurst Farm for many years now. Our aim is to provide meaningful lives and fulfilling work in the farm and garden for three adults with learning disabilities. […]

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Hire a bike at Tablehurst Farm!

We are delighted to be collaborating with Countrybike to offer bikes for hire at Tablehurst. Just download the Countrybike app to your phone, and come and pick up your bike at any time. It’s that simple! We have four adult bikes, but Countrybike can also deliver children’s bikes to Tablehurst if you need them. If […]

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EASTER OPENING TIMES

Our farm shop and cafe are open all day (9.00am to 5.00pm) on:

Good Friday

Easter Saturday

and Easter Monday

 

but closed on Easter Sunday