The holistic biodynamic approach brings to the forefront the multiple positive impacts that land has on people. Whether that is the educational work at Ruskin Mill or the community co-working at Camphill, the biodynamic perspective makes it clear that land is the well-spring of our well-being.
In recent years Tablehurst Farm has been demonstrating how a fundamentally different approach to land brings immeasurable benefits. Where normally a 700 acre farm under intensive agribusiness regime might employ as few as 3 people, the biodynamic regime at Tablehurst, sensitive to its community context, supports a plethora of micro-enterprises and the equivalent of over 40 full time jobs. This community owned farm sits at the heart of life in Forest Row, and the total earned by everyone there far exceeds the owners profit of an equivalent agribusiness on the same area.
At the beginning of any land-based story is the struggle to gain access to land, and it is the Biodynamic Land Trust’s task to try to solve that problem. It is our job to bring land into community ownership – what we call stewardship – so that other people can come together to build vibrant community enterprises that can support us with better and more sustainable food; more jobs; more security; more biodiversity; land based education; support for vulnerable adults; community festivals; sequestration of carbon and so on! Learn more about our Community Farm for Every Community here!
Huxhams Cross Farm, Dartington
Huxhams Cross Farm is situated on the rolling Devon countryside of the Dartington Estate, from which the BDLT holds a 999 year lease. Being close to Dartington makes this farm the biodynamic dimension of a research project into sustainable farming systems. Find out more: