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Engaging with Huxham’s Farm: Start Up Process

Apricot Centre Team with Gabriel Kaye of the BDLT at the Week Land

Apricot Centre Team with Gabriel Kaye of the BDLT

 

The BDLT and the Apricot Centre have been working flat out to secure the Week/Huxham’s land on the one hand, and on the other planning the very complex task of setting up a new farm on bare land. The aim of this blog is to further inform you about the start up process and how you can get involved. The process of  designing, developing a viable new farm business model, raising capital for farm infrastructure investment such as a barn, and setting up  a new farm from bare land will take time.

Offers of practical help are welcome and very useful as the farm develops step by step, so please feel free to contact Marina if you want to offer skills, practical help and or have a relevant project. People have been asking about how they can engage and connect with the Huxhams Cross /Week land.   One way is to have  a conversation with Marina O Cornell  about the farm development process when she is working down in Totnes, albeit on a busy schedule. There have been monthly farm walks.

Marina will  be down at Dartington on March 22nd at Velwell Orchard at Cholwell on Sunday afternoon  at 1.30/2pm to meet members of the South West Biodynamic Group at the equinox BD Preparation stirring.  (Anyone wanting to join Marina for a Huxham’s Farm walk to talk about farm plans and connect with the land is welcome to come with her afterwards)

However, here below for your information is an overview of the Huxham’s Cross Farm development process Timeline, showing when you can come to workshops, meetings, a talk, discussions and engage.

Thank goodness that later this year, we can begin practical farm work.  This can be a real opportunity to get to know the farm as volunteers are vital and welcome. Attached are the various survey and consultation briefings that have been sent out FYI, so that you can feed in your needs, views and  suggestions for the design process

 The Timeline for  setting up Huxham’s Cross Farm includes the following events and work:

-On going Apricot Centre planning applications, project planning,  fundraising, research proposals, collaboration meetings, ongoing site survey, business survey, walkers survey, community survey of food needs to feed into Design Workshops. PLEASE give Apricot this survey information well in time

March 22: Marina coming to Velwell Orchard on Sunday  afternoon at 1.30/2pm to meet members of the South West Biodynamic Group at the Preparation stirring.  (Anyone wanting to join Marina for a Huxham’s Farm walk to talk about farm plans and connected with the land is welcome to come afterwards)

-BDLT finalising Leasehold Agreement with DHT, fundraising, completion and Tenancy with Apricot-by end of March 2015

9 April Land Workshop TBC depending on enough interested people RSVPing if they can come to Martin Large on biodynamiclandtrust@gmail.com by March 23rd
10 April to 12th April: Designing Huxham’s Cross Biodynamic Farm Pattern:  Workshop I ( contact : info@apricotcentre.co.uk) Refectory, Higher Close, Dartington Hall

Friday 10 April 7-9pm:  Biodynamic Farming and Permaculture: open lecture/discussion by Marina O Connel: Refectory, Higher Close, Dartington Hall

-Fields ploughed and sown with green manures; BD Preparations  applied

29-31 May: Workshop II: Designing the Detail of the Farm

30 May 2015 7.30pm: Farm Vision and Launch of Second Share Offer for Huxham’s Farm land by Martin Large, BDLT

Saturday 30th June 1.30 for 2pm-5pm: Exhibition, Presentation and Consultation on Draft Farm Design and Plan:  exploring how people can get practically engaged.

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