Huxhams Cross Farm farm club - children need nature

Huxhams Cross Farm – Wellbeing and Education Centre Funding Appeal

Huxhams Cross Farm farm club - children need nature
Huxhams Cross Farm farm club

Huxhams Cross Farm needs to a Wellbeing and Education Centre to connect people to nature, farming and good food.

“Nature Deficit Disorder describes the human costs of alienation from nature,
among them: diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties,
and higher rates of physical and emotional illnesses.”
(Richard Louv – Last Child In The Woods)

Thanks to many people’s generous support for the Biodynamic Land Trust, 34 acres of land has been secured in south Devon, access built and a barn raised. Now transformed into a vibrant working farm, Huxhams Cross Farm on the edge of Dartington is becoming a beacon of sustainability in the south west.

Your help is needed to reach our £60,000 target to complete the Wellbeing and Education centre

The centre will provide:
● Workshop space for on-farm education and nature experience
● Vocational training including permaculture and biodynamic farming
● A kitchen for farm produce preparation, field-to-fork, and biodynamic cookery classes
● Nature-based NHS therapeutic wellbeing services for vulnerable young adults, children and families.

The centre so far

The wellbeing and education site now has water and electricity, and the foundations for the eco-building are being laid. The Biodynamic Land Trust has raised £35,000 from a LEADER rural development grant towards its £200,000 investment in the development of Huxhams Cross Farm. Ecological builders, TerraPerma, are bringing in construction students from the local further education college to help with the build, and have made the centre their charity of the year.

Please contribute towards our £60,000 target

Stop press: We have just received £10,000 from a generous supporter in response to this appeal. Please
add to this to help us reach our target of £60,000.

Your investment or donation will enable people to have transformative experiences within the safe and
nurturing community of a biodynamic organic farm.

Each year the Education and Wellbeing Centre will:
● Support vulnerable children with one-to-one mentoring
● Provide therapy for 20 vulnerable families whilst spending time connecting with nature and food at its
● Provide time on the land for over 1,000 children
● Enable 60 people to learn about organic and biodynamic farming, agro-forestry and permaculture

Packing weekly veg bags for Huxhams Cross Farm
Bob Mehew, farm manager, packing weekly veg bags for Huxhams Cross Farm

In addition the equivalent of eight full-time time jobs have already been created with four more in the pipeline.

“We are working out of a caravan and once we have completed the centre we can achieve so
much more,”  says biodynamic farmer Marina O’Connell of Huxhams Cross Farm.

Marina O'Connell spraying the fields at Huxhams Cross Farm with biodynamic preparation
Marina O’Connell spraying the fields at Huxhams Cross Farm with biodynamic preparation
Three farmers at Huxhams Cross Farm: Marina O’Connell, Bob Mehew and Dave Wright

Shares and donations have already enabled the Biodynamic Land Trust to acquire the land, build access
and raise a barn. Having seen how far the farm has grown in its first two and half years, we know this vision  is within reach, and we invite your support to achieve it.

Find out more about Huxhams Cross Farm 

Huxhams Cross Farm Share Prospectus

By post: download and print Huxhams Cross Farm Share Application form 

Invest online

Donate online – all donations are welcome.

Contact executive director, Gabriel Kaye

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