There is a saying in farming that you ‘get big, get different or get out’. Farming is no longer an industry where you can plough on as you always have. We decided to get different. We have had a dairy farm since 1950 and we converted to being organic in 2001. It was a crying shame that this beautiful organic milk was being hauled away and mixed with other anonymous farms and distributed into a disperse market. We thought the work and success of the people and the animals deserved greater appreciation and so we set about creating Nettlebed Creamery.
Founded by me, Rose Grimond, in 2015 the business has won many awards including Best Organic Cheese and Best Soft White. As well as the Sue Ryder Women of the Year Achievement Award for Best Business.
As well as our three cheeses, Bix, Highmoor and Witheridge, we are also selling unhomogenized organic milk, organic kefir and cultured butter. We are very proud of the partnerships we have with Style Acre – a charity providing support for young people with learning disabilities – and also HMP Huntercombe. As part of the rehabilitation programme of appropriate candidates we provide employment for up to three offenders.
Good food, beautiful countryside and respect for people underlines everything we do.
We hope you enjoy our products.
Thank you, Rose
Patrick Heathcoat Amory
Head of Production
We started making cheese in 2015. We are now a ten-strong team: four cheesemakers, two warehouse managers, three in the office, and one expert milkman.
Milk Transport Manager