The Biodynamic Land Trust is a Community Benefit Society that owns land in common for the benefit of all. We steward our land for a living working countryside in partnership with the farmers that work our land.
Huxhams Cross Farm is our project in Devon, near Totnes.
When members join us they become part of a movement for positive change in the countryside. All our projects are organic, working the land using the biodynamic methods of cultivation.
Because we make purposeful activity our end-goal, rather than profit, our projects bring the countryside to life – ecologically and socially.
Become a positive change-maker by investing in our community shares for Huxhams Cross Farm community shares and bring about economic, ecological and community renewal in the countryside.
Two years ago, Huxhams Cross Farm was bare land. Now it is a hub of purposeful activity.
Tenanted by sustainability experts, the Apricot Centre, the farm is weaving biodynamic and permaculture farming and healing the land.
Huxhams Cross farm have planted over 2,000 soft fruit and orchard trees, is are a key part of the Dartington Trust’s pioneering 48-acre agroforestry field. They also provide a weekly veg box scheme, farm school activities, and are growing crops for the Totnes Brewing Company, and Grown in Totnes.
Support the next phase of Huxhams Cross Farm
Huxhams Cross Farm is developing a multi-impact, low-carbon Education and Wellbeing centre and installing utilities on the land to be a beacon of training, wellbeing and sustainability in Dartington, near Totnes in South Devon.
Invest in the land
Huxhams Cross Farm’s tenant farmer, the Apricot Centre, is weaving permaculture with biodynamic farming and working towards biodynamic organic (Demeter) certification. Focused on increasing microbial soil life, biodynamic farming regenerates soil fertility and the health of the eco-system, year-on-year, and provides the grower with a toolkit to support a self-sustaining farm-system. Permaculture also centres on closed-loop farming, while its ethics of earth care, people care, fair share reflect the holistic principles of biodynamics.
Invest in people
Huxhams Cross Farm offers opportunities to learn on the land and increase wellbeing. It hosts farm school activities for local children including South Devon Steiner school, has a farm manager and a full-time grower, two apprentices, and a band of volunteers. Its proposed low-carbon Education and Wellbeing centre with cooking facilities will be a place to teach “farm-to-fork” cooking and wellbeing skills as well as training in biodynamic and permaculture methods. The Apricot Centre has over 20 years’ experience of permaculture and biodynamic farming, and working therapeutically with families. The Education and Wellbeing centre will enable these offerings to happen on the land.
Become a positive change-maker by investing in our community shares for Huxhams Cross Farm and make your money do good. Support community-owned farms to nurture the land and foster connections between land and people to create a living working countryside. Invest with this easy-to-use form. Please view terms and conditions here before investing.
The Apricot Centre
In 2015 the Apricot Centre signed a 15-year lease with the Biodynamic Land Trust to create a working, living community farm. Its co-directors are farm project manager Bob Mehew, family psychotherapist Mark O’Connell, and farmer Marina O’Connell. After setting up School Farm for the Dartington Trust in the 1990s, Marina created a fruit farm from scratch and has farmed it for 15 years in Essex.
Marina O’Connell says: “If children are given the opportunity to make connections to nature and growing healthy food, then in the long-term this will lead to them having healthier diet, a broader palette, a greater sense of wellbeing – and it forms the basis for respect for place and nature.”