Secure land for life
Your ethical investment supports people and planet-friendly farms such as Huxhams Cross Farm in Dartington, Devon.
Since the Biodynamic Land Trust secured 34 acres in south Devon in 2015, Huxhams Cross Farm has become a hive of activity – above and below ground.
The farmers are reviving the soil with biodynamic organic farming, and fertility is returning.
Above ground, Huxhams Cross Farm with volunteers have planted over 4,000 fruit trees and produces biodynamic eggs and veg for over 50 weekly veg bags. Using permaculture methods, the farm’s water and energy use is designed for maximum sustainability.
The farmers care for a mobile flock of 100 chickens and two cows (Damson and Daffodil), grow local wheat for local flour and Huxhams Farm Cross beer, and are part of Dartington’s pioneering agroforestry project to make sustainable farming viable. It also hosting weekly farm clubs for local children (pictured) and is beginning its NHS therapeutic wellbeing work with vulnerable people – with nature as co-therapist.
Now Huxhams Cross Farm is looking for £60,000 to complete the build of a low-carbon building which will be known as the Apricot Centre. It will be a place to cook, share skills, make food for market, and create a safe space for vulnerable families.
Your help is needed to complete this vital project………….
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Become a positive change-maker by investing in the Biodynamic Land Trust community shares for Huxhams Cross Farm to bring about economic, ecological and community renewal in the countryside.
Tenanted by sustainability experts, the Apricot Centre, the farm is weaving biodynamic and permaculture farming and healing the land.
Support the Training and Wellbeing Apricot centre at Huxhams Cross Farm
The Biodynamic Land Trust secures land through your investment to create biodynamic organic farms such as Huxhams Cross Farm, and help them flourish. The low-carbon Apricot Centre will offer farm-to-fork cookery activities for children and adults, facilities to turn fresh excess produce into jams, juices and chutneys, training in permaculture and biodynamic farming as well as a base for the Apricot Centre’s well-being service for vulnerable families.
Invest in farming for the future
A charitable community benefit society, the Biodynamic Land Trust offers community shares for Huxhams Cross Farm, changing the world one farm at a time.
Do you know you can also invest in community shares on behalf of others, including children? Investing in a community-owned farm has got to be a gift that goes on giving.
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.”
The Biodynamic Land Trust – Huxhams Cross Farm build is being part-funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
The aim of this project is to build a 99 square metre simple building for occupancy by the Apricot Centre providing: a multi-functional space for training purposes, to host visitors and school groups to the farm; office space; a kitchen with food processing facilities for the creation of products from farm produce and the provision of refreshments for staff and visitors; and a meeting /consultation room.
Once the project build is complete the Apricot Centre team will be able to offer the following:
Delivery of Training Services – A multi-function training room will enable the Apricot Centre to deliver training in sustainability, including courses in permaculture, biodynamics and sustainable horticulture. This room will also be used for other purposes, and be available to hire by other businesses whose ethics are in-line with the Apricot Centre.
Food Processing – The kitchen and food processing facilities will enable the creation of value-added products such as jams, chutneys, fruit leathers and compotes. The kitchen will also be used in conjunction with the training room to deliver courses in cookery and nutrition.
Well-being Services – The premises will have a private room that will be used to deliver therapy services to families and children.
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