The land is part of the Dartington Hall Estate, farmed for maize and wheat for many years by Ian Forbes of Parsonage Farm, now retired (October 2014).
The land is south facing and lies between Huxham’s Cross and the village of Week in Dartington Parish. It is bounded by a cycle path to the east and abuts Martin Crawford’s Agroforestry Research Trust’s site to the north west. It is bare land with no farm buildings. The Dartington Trust has granted a 999-year leasehold to the Biodynamic Land Trust and they have leased it to the Apricot Centre. The land is now known and Huxhams Cross Farm.
The Apricot Centre’s desired future for the Huxhams Cross land
We aim to create a beautiful 36-acre farm that will produce delicious biodynamic food, vegetables, fruit, beef, eggs and chicken that will supply 100-150 families via a CSA model. The farm will add value to produce – making jams, chutneys, cordials and juices with grade out produce. This will be a learning demonstration farm for Biodynamic methods of food production, permaculture design and Agroforestry, weaving these techniques together to create a productive, sustainable, beautiful and bio-diverse farm.
The project will offer a range of courses and events for the local community and to train apprentices. We will welcome children to explore the farm, food and eating.
We will have regular celebratory events on the farm, such as Apple Days and Easter Egg hunts as well as work days involving the community. We believe that regular, intimate experiences in nature give a sense of wellbeing to everyone.
We aim to work with local people and organisations as the farm becomes established. We expect Huxhams Cross Farm to develop in response to local needs and feedback from the land.
We have more than 25 years experience in working with organic, biodynamic and permacultural methods of food growing. Huxhams Cross Farm will be the culmination of many years using biodynamic methods and sustainable design. We are comfortable with communicating these concepts and ideas to a broad range of people.