Our story began in 1976, when Peter Barfoot, a fifth-generation farmer, started growing a single crop in the unique micro-climate of the Hampshire Basin in the south of England.
Today, Barfoots looks very different. We are still a family-owned business but now we grow, process and pack a range of semi-exotic vegetables at farms and facilities around the world.
Peter Barfoot is born in Botley, Hampshire, into a family with a long tradition of farming.
A young Peter picking strawberries at the family farm
Peter and his father, Victor Barfoot, go into business together and form VH Barfoot and Son.
Victor Barfoot picking runner beans at Abshot Farm
Peter buys Sefter Farm in West Sussex, which becomes Barfoots’ main site.
Barfoots opens its first integrated production line to supply de-husked, pre-packed sweetcorn.
Sefter sweetcorn production line
Barfoots España is established in Almerian by Jo-Anne Barfoot, which expands the company’s winter growing capacity.
Jo-Anne with one of Barfoots España’s key crops…courgettes
A new purpose-built sweetcorn packing facility, featuring state-of- the-art automated equipment, is opened at Sefter Farm.
Peter with his beloved sweetcorn!
Barfoots Senegal is founded. The joint venture in partnership with Michael Laurent of Société de Cultures Légumières (SCL) helps ensure the year-round delivery of high-quality produce.
Senegal butternut harvest
Barfoots begins growing premium vegetables, including asparagus, chillies, Tenderstem® broccoli and baby corn.
A premium vegetables packing facility is opened in Leythorne, West Sussex, to cater for this growth.
Leythorne production line
Barfoots builds its first anaerobic digester. It produces enough green energy from the waste generated at Sefter Farm to power the entire site. It also creates organic fertiliser for Barfoots farms.
Barfoots España invests in 10 hectares of covered production in southern Spain.
Barfoots España site
Barfoots enjoys a record-breaking sweetcorn season in the UK. Over 35 million cobs are harvested at the company’s farms in Hampshire and West Sussex.
Peter Barfoot awarded a CBE for Services to Sustainable Farming.
Sefter South New sweetcorn processing facility commissioned.
Peter receiving his CBE from Anne, Princess Royal at Windsor Castle
Our water treatment facility is built…cleaning and converting all our factory waste water into irrigation water for our crops. It can treat 300 cubic meters a day, enough to fill an Olympic sized swimming pool in a week!
Water treatment tank pre filtration
We are a global farming business, working 1000’s of acres and employing 1000’s of people, striving for advancements in fresh produce excellence.