About us

We aim to provide you with the best, seasonal veg boxes throughout the year, filled with the freshest produce from our Sussex farm, along with other local and sustainably sourced organic fruit and veg. This is all brought to you in the most environmentally conscious way, with reusable and compostable packaging and zero emission deliveries.
 
 

"These guys are superstars! The food is delicious and so lovely and fresh. I've been a customer for three years and it has changed my life in all positive ways"

Maria, Customer in Lewes

 

About the farm

Barcombe Nurseries is located in East Sussex four miles west of historic Lewes and twelve miles north of Brighton and Hove nestled in the beautiful South Downs country side.

In 1997 Adrian Halstead, always a keen allotment gardener, took a leap of faith and bought the 12 acre farm in rural Barcombe. He then began the conversion to organic status and set up as a veg box scheme delivering to the local area.

We’ve been growing and delivering organic fruit & veg since then!

The service that we offer is constantly evolving and modernising so that we can offer customers flexibility and choice for our busy lives.

What do we do?

We supply certified organic veg boxes made up of crops from our farm, local suppliers and further afield to create good value veg boxes throughout the year with the freshest organic fruit and veg. 

Environmental sustainability is always at the forefront of our service from minimal and reusable packaging to zero emission deliveries. 

Our organic veg boxes are different to most! We offer a fully customisable service giving customers the ability to select dislikes along with our 'swaps system' which allows customers to pick and choose contents on a weekly basis creating veg boxes that work for everyone. 

 

Our produce

The crops grown on our farm are split into 2 areas, outside and inside.

Outside, in beautiful fields looking towards the South Downs and surrounded by traditional hedgerows, cedar trees and oaks, we grow a wide range of alliums, brassicas, cucurbits, legumes and gramineae (the families of leeks, cabbage, squash, beans and sweetcorn).

Inside, in our polytunnels and glasshouses, we have leafy greens, spring onions, herbs and salad all year round. In the summer months we produce interesting varieties of tomatoes, aubergines, courgettes and beans and we also offer speciality crops including asparagus and seasonal fruit (such as figs and peaches) for limited periods!

 

 

 

Why organic?

We are truly passionate about organic food and believe it is the way towards a healthier future for people and planet. We are certified organic by the Soil Association and have been for over 20 years. Simply put, this means we do not use any pesticides, herbicides or artificial fertilisers, but it's much more than that. We grow our crops with care for the environment, working alongside nature rather than against it, relying on the skill of the farmer rather than chemicals.

Soil is one of our most important tools in the fight against climate change and we nourish ours with compost and nitrogen-fixing ‘green manures’, as well as by ensuring we stick to a crop rotation plan. As a result, our organic farmland is around 25% more effective at storing carbon when compared to ‘conventionally’ farmed land and is also a haven for wildlife, providing homes for bees, birds and butterflies. On average, plant, insect and bird life is 50% more abundant on organic farms.