1982

Our Farm - La ferme du vert

Throughout our 30 years of experience, we have developed modern and efficient production processes alongside traditional artisan methods. Our machines are designed to reduce repetitive gestures and avoid waste. Some of our cheeses are still moulded traditionally with a ladle and spoon. Every one of our authentic cheese recipes has stood the test of time since 1990. Even when we modernised our premises in 2018, authenticity was our priority.

1984

THE FIRST CHEESE

And you’ll be glad to hear, the Bernard clan has no intention of stopping now! Antoine, the eldest son of the Bernard clan, began making cheese here in 1984. His first cheese, Cabri Vert, was made with the milk of the 70 goats raised on the farm.

1988

HIS FRENCH TOUR - BY BIKE

I had been raising goats for four years on the Ferme du Vert, when I decided to leave my family, my job, and my region to cycle around France and Navarre to learn the cheesemaker’s trade. I was 23 at the time. It was an emotion-packed year full of encounters with extraordinary people. I will never forget how Brother Jean-Paul, the Trappist monk greeted me at the Mont des Cats abbey in Flanders after I’d cycled all day through thunderstorms. Or learning the secrets of Reblochon cheese from Mr Paul Gay-Perret on his farm at the foot of the Col des Aravis. I can still smell the hay in his stable and see his beautiful Tarines cows in my head. Then there was Madame Poulet (aka chicken), deep in the Bray country, who was still making Neufchâtel cheese like her parents and grandparents before her. Nor will I ever forget meeting Abbé Pierre in his little house in St Wandrille. His parting words to me were: "Think of others every day.” Or Mr Touze, the last farmstead producer of Pont-l'Evêque and Pavé d'Auge, a crop and livestock farmer with strong convictions who respected traditional methods in the name of quality. And how could I possibly forget Mr Levasseur! He died the night he welcomed me into his farmhouse in Vieux-Pont-en-Auge, after an eight-year illness. All these men and women conveyed their taste for a job well done and their commitment to creating taste sensations for others. This journey - more like a rite of passage - is forever etched in my memory. I came home transformed, eager to create new cheeses with new shapes, new flavours, and new textures. Our milk-producing land was to become a land of cheese. That journey taught me to never give up. I learned that to live my dreams, you need to believe in your projects.

Antoine Bernard

1990

OPENING OF THE SAINTE GODELEINE DAIRY

Antoine returned to the family farm transformed after his French tour. His goal was to turn our milk-producing land into a land of cheese. His head was full of exciting plans to create cheeses with new shapes, flavours and textures. He decided to open the Sainte Godeleine dairy in 1990

2001

THE BERNARD BROTHERS!

Joachim Bernard joined his brother at the helm of the Sainte Godeleine dairy in 2001. This strong brotherly alliance enabled the dairy to grow to become a thriving regional business that has created 36 jobs.

2018

A NEW WORKSHOP

The cheese factory opened a new chapter with the inauguration of a new workshop for production in 2018. Visitors can now enjoy guided tours to discover what goes on behind the scenes in production and buy cheese at the farm shop.

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