Marina and Mark O’Connell with Bob Mehew of the Apricot Centre are transforming 34 acres previously used for conventional high input farming. It is now a fertile educational market garden and family farm for biodynamic, permacultural and organic food growing.
Situated close to Hawkwood College in Stroud and formerly known as Lot Three of Hammonds Farm. Oakbrook is now home to a number of biodynamic farm enterprises. These include Stroud Micro Dairy, Stroud Community Agriculture’s starter farm, Ellie’s Eggs, and the Bee Observatory.
Turning a 180-acre Worcestershire farm and business park into a community-owned enterprise so it may remain a biodynamic farm and social hub.
The owners needed to sell but wanted the land to continue in biodynamic stewardship. The first Biodynamic Land Trust project, these 38 acres are now part of Tablehurst Community Farm in Sussex.
A joint initiative with the Biodynamic Association to establish the UK’s first community owned seed company based in Lincolnshire.
A renewable energy company that re-invests surplus in biodynamic and sustainable farming.