Our Story

We are part of a wider farming family.  We all run our own organic egg farms (see below).
Finty and Flo are very lucky to have all their relatives so close by.

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We took over running Grassington Farm, North Chailey, in 2003 when mum and dad (Peter and Liz), retired from farming.

Each day our lovely hens lay between 12 and 17 000 scrumptious organic, free-range eggs that are sold in supermarkets nationwide. The hens are let out first thing in the morning and charge towards our ancient woodland areas on the farm to explore. It’s a wonderful sight.

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Mum and dad set up ‘Grassington Rangers’ in 1985 and were one of the first farms to supply free range eggs to the supermarkets, later progressing into organic egg farming.

Our amazing Gran and Great Gran, was a farmer during the 2nd World War and until her retirement. She sold free range eggs locally……so it’s in the genes. She lived until she was 102. Gran only recently passed away and we all miss her hugely.

Both Richard’s brother Andrew and his sister Susie also run their own organic egg farms in the Sussex countryside. All of the cousins also get fully involved in farm life. Susie’s family have even been filmed for kids’ tv.

Susie has appeared on television with Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty, fighting the cause for pullet or ‘mini’ eggs. More recently her farm (The Macs Farm)  featured on Countryfile.  Susie was explaining how much better it is for eggs to be sold in mixed sizes, as that’s how they’re laid.  See my journal entry on Lewes Farmers’ Market for more details.

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Rich & Jo
We first met in 1994 when we worked for an egg marketing company. Little did we realise that one day, we’d be marketing our own organic eggs and looking after our own flock of 18000 hens.

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Finty
In 2001 we had the privilege of becoming parents for the first time to Finty. Finty gets involved on the farm whenever she’s needed but her real passion is dogs. She also loves live music and plays piano.

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Flo
Then came Florence who has always loved being with the hens and she still loves being outdoors as much as possible. When she’s not on the farm she adores musical theatre and spends her free time at ballet, or stage school.