100 years of farming at Spring Barn Farm
In 2002, Mike and Louise Possegger (née Carr) and Tom Carr opened the Farm Park at Spring Barn Farm.
The Carr family have been farming at Spring Barn since 1917, and the latest developments are just some of the diversifications that have happened during the past century. For example, Spring Barn was one of the first dairy farms in the area to start their own milk round, back in the 1950s!
Now a vibrant visitor attraction, farm shop and restaurant/cafe– and of course, working sheep and beef farm – Spring Barn remains true to its farming roots: working hard, year round, to provide products we hope our customers will love. And whether the ‘product’ is a topside joint, a home-cooked meal, or a day out in the Sussex countryside, the principle remains the same.
The farm is constantly evolving and improving, and will no doubt see plenty more changes in the generations to come. We do hope your family enjoy the history, hospitality and fun that make Spring Barn (we think) a very special bit of Sussex.
Our Community and Green Values
We have a really strong community and environmental philosophy. Here are just a few of things we value and strive to achieve in everything we do:
Source from Sussex first
We are passionate about supporting our very local farmers and food and drink suppliers, because:
- They supply outstanding produce, often at prices that beat the national supermarkets
- It means food and drink travels fewer miles, which is good for the environment
- If we can’t get what you need very locally, we search across the South East and then go wider only if necessary (but not that often!).
Our local community
- We are equally keen to source all our other products and services locally too. We want to keep our neighbouring businesses busy and local people in work
- We select a charity to support every year. This year our selected charity is the RABI, who support farming families in need. We hosted a fab fundraising breakfast to help raise funds for this fantastic cause!
- Contributing to local causes and events. We have donated many raffle vouchers and prizes……and Steve the cook’s cakes went down a storm at the Kingston Church flower festival this Summer!
We are always looking to be more sustainable. Our current green activities include:
- Our carrier bags are made from recycled materials and we sell hessian bags for life to encourage people to avoid carrier bags altogether
- Participate in a Carbon Emission Mitigation Project: We make a donation to a charity that employs locals in Uganda to plant trees to offset our carbon emissions.
- Tree and hedgerow planting scheme accross the site: Using native species sourced locally from a charitable organisation
- We recycle all the paper, cardboard, plastic and glass used across the Farm by us and our visitors
- All our furniture has been bought second hand
- Timber has been purchased from the Wood Recycling Project in Brighton to make our shelves and counter in the farm shop
- We use low energy light bulbs
- We have installed a water fountain for customers to reduce plastic cup usage
- Waste oil all recycled
If you have any suggestions on what else we can do we would be delighted to hear from you. It is easy to contact us.