Old Plaw Hatch Farm
For its Live Biodynamic Yoghurt
Background to Old Plaw Hatch Farm
Old Plaw Hatch Farm is a 200 acre biodynamic farm on the edge of the Ashdown Forest near Sharpthorne in Sussex. The land and buildings are held in trust and the business is owned by a cooperative of members of the community, and therefore, they aim to provide a wide range of produce principally to serve the local community. It is a mixed farm with a dairy herd providing raw milk and cream, as well as a range of cheeses and yoghurts. It also keeps a small herd of sheep, pigs and laying hens and additionally produces flour, seasonal fruit and vegetables.
Background to their Live Biodynamic Yoghurt
Plaw Hatch Live Biodynamic Yoghurt is made with just wholemilk and probiotic cultures. As with all dairy products, the quality and unique characteristics of the milk are integral to the flavour of the yoghurt. Fundamental to this quality is the health and wellbeing of the herd and respect for the nature of the cow as an animal. For this reason the farm leaves their cows with their horns intact and allows mothers to raise their own calves for longer than standard.
Their yoghurt is quite unusual because it is set in the pot which maintains its structure. They also don't use thickeners, emulsifiers, or homogenise, making the most of the natural nutritional benefits of the milk.
What does organic mean to you?
For us farming organically and biodynamically means a lot more than simply refraining from the use of agrochemicals. The spirit of organic agriculture also implies to us an active approach to promoting healthy herds, soil, land and communities.
To find out more visit www.tablehurstandplawhatch.co.uk
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