We’re keen wildlife lovers so sustainability and encouragement of biodiversity are important elements of our farming system, as is the well being of our cows.
Court Lodge is a working organic farm on the edge of the Pevensey Levels in Sussex, run by David and Marian Harding, and a small team of local people.
We make a range of tasty bio-live yogurt drinks, pouring yogurt, potted yogurt and labneh cheese as well as supplying organic milk to cheesemakers and dairy processors via the Organic Milk Suppliers Co-op OMSCO.
The Farm and our approach...
Both David and Marian grew up in Sussex, and David’s brother Charles farms just down the road at Bodle Street. David was in partnership with Charles in the 1980s, and in 1989 we left and set up at Court Lodge Farm in Wartling, with family help and a large bank loan.
The 80 cows came with them, and the herd has expanded to 150 today. The home farm is 424 acres, and 125 is rented from the Sussex Wildlife Trust. The farming system is very extensive, lots of grass for the cows, partly because the farm organic and heavily involved in the Countryside Stewardship Scheme to encourage wildlife in the farm. Birds that thrive on the farm include barn owls, lapwing, herons, marsh harriers, bearded tits and skylarks.
The land continues to be farmed with the aim of both feeding and nourishing the cows, and promoting a rich and diverse range of habitats.