The Organic Herb Trading Company, Somerset
Court Farm is a 14-hectare holding, situated in the Vale of Taunton Deane in Somerset. The farm is home to the Organic Herb Trading Company, a leader in the organic herb and spice sector and the only specialist organic dried herb company in the country. Organic Herb Trading was founded by Mike Brook in 1982.
The Herb Field
With its rich soil and gentle south-facing slope, Court Farm’s herb field is ideal for growing medicinal and culinary varietals. There are over 100 species grown on site in raised beds and the field is home to much wildlife, from bees to ladybirds and newts to hedgehogs (a natural pest controller).
Led by Field Manager Sarah Weston, harvesting takes place throughout the year with the flowers tops collected in the summer months and the roots in the winter. There are a number of growing trials conducted on the farm to ensure that we create the best cultivation environment for the plants.
Sarah has considerable experience in organic growing, including working on a Biodymanic research farm in Northern India and contributing to gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and discussing growing techniques.
Conservation and Environment
Court Farm is committed to improving the local environment and the conservation of the ancient pasture, parkland and hedgerows. The farm has several restored ponds, which help contribute to the wetland habitat and there are many native tree varieties being planted to maintain the woodland.
Given that Court Farm’s core business is the growing and trading of organic herbs and spices, they have a real head start when it comes to environmentally responsible practices. As an organic farm, there are a number of projects being worked on to further reduce their environmental footprint. These include:
- Installing a 20Kw solar array on the warehouse roof
- Composting milling waste and using this in the herb field
- Drawing water from a bore-hole sunk on the farm
Products and Production Process
In addition to the growing of organic produce on the farm, Organic Herb Trading also sources a diverse range of products from across the world, which can then be cut, blended and milled to on site at the farm.
All their products are organically certified by the Soil Association and all our dry products are covered by BRC approval at Grade A.
Educational Open Days and Visiting Information
If you wish to organise a farm visit please do get in touch with us, we are always pleased to welcome visitors and will do our best to accommodate the dates you have in mind.
How to get there
By Bus: Buses stop in the village of Milverton, and then it is a 10 minute walk to the farm
By train: Taunton railway is about 20 minutes away
By road: From the M5 via Wellington, take the Butts Way turning in Milverton village (after Milverton school) and then take the right and follow the farm track. Your satnav may direct you via High Street, Milverton - Please do NOT use this access since it is a private road.
Detailed directions can be found on their website here