Ecoworks

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary
To promote the interests and personal development of people who are socially disadvantaged by delivering activities connected with conservation, restoration and enhancement of the environment.
About the project

We work on ten adjoining allotments growing a wide range of food. We also offer willow workshops in our straw bale shed. We work with users and ex users of the mental health services, people with learning difficulties and those with an interest in the environment.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
January, 1992
Project Detailed Information
Number of people text: 
Number of visitors/volunteers can accommodate: 20. Group visit scheme: yes.
Permaculture Details: 
Initially Ecoworks was set up to combine people care and earth care, these ethics have always been at the heart of the organisation. We have wanted to enable our volunteers (especially mental health service users) to feel a part of the project and have a say in its site development. This has meant that our design has never been set in stone, adapting to the needs and abilities of our volunteers. We employ several p.c principles on site. We recognise that as we are only there two days a week zoning is important. Our site is a zone two but the area that gets attention needs to expand and contract depending on the number of volunteers we have. As the site is zone two/three we grow a lot of perennials and encourage diversity with hedges and ponds etc and this enables us to guarantee a yield. Fruit is an important element for us so we have a wide range of trees giving us insurance against late frosts, biennialsim etc. We cycle waste eg humanure and compost and try and use renewable resources as much as possible. We are totally off grid so have to heat water on a wood burner. We don‟t have electrical generating capacity as we have worked out that the embodied energy used would be far more than the energy that we need on a day to day basis. As a city project we feel its important to have a wild feel to our site so working with nature is important to us.
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Paul Paine
Telephone number: 
07973 116291
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Member Project known date: 
13 January 2012
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Karuna

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

Karuna is a unique inspirational educational project. demonstrating the benefits of diversity, Observation, food growing, celebration, creativity, Low impact living, renewable energy ‘a sense of place’ and much more.

About the project

Karuna is a unique Inspirational educational project. Demonstrating how we can all benefit from supporting nature through the application of diversity.
Diversity is our safety net! Our approach is that it is better to work with nature than against it.

It must be said that we have immersed ourselves into a Permaculture way of life intrinsically. It is a way of life for us that we totally believe in and are committed to.

We can observe, grow and strengthen ourselves through it. There is an emphasis on education, celebration, contemplation, simplicity, creativity, sharing and supporting life Here/Now through positive activity and change.

This is not philosophy but practice, direct experience from the application of agro-forestry and Permaculture techniques both familiar and experimental.
In four years Karuna has completely changed from being merely overgrazed fields to an example of how quickly nature can support us in alternative, diverse ways.

It is a truly sustainable model offering visitors and participants the opportunity to really experience for themselves a sense of place and holistically recognise how we can apply solutions to the environmental problems in our world today.

The Transformation of Karuna started by establishing unusually diverse woodlands in 2006.

To date 7,000 trees have been planted, creating micro climates, wind barriers, enhancing the visual beauty of the area and supporting Shropshire’s dwindling wildlife by creating a nature reserve.

There is an emphasis on growing food from Trees. 300 fruit trees have been planted throughout the site, some orchards others mixed in around the woodlands perimeters others amid the forest garden structures that are under development. Additional fruit trees will be planted each year. There is an apple tree nursery with hundreds of fruit trees ready to plant around the site.

A horticultural area with large mother herb garden and perennials sits at the centre of the project. The project aims to sell surplus organic food products in the near future at the local farmers market.

Educational courses include forest gardening, Permaculture introduction, Low impact living, Scything, Basket making. As well as interested adult group visits (plant, tree and wildlife enthusiasts), we also receive groups of school children who come to experience the practical side of food growing and foraging for wild foods that abound in the ancient hedgerows.

Celebration takes place in the form of Dancing and acoustic music as well as apple day where we make juice and cider.

A large water holding (Basho’s pond) has been created at the site. This supports the development of micro climates and enhances biodiversity. Close by the ducks house is located amid an orchard where the ducks have easy access to the waters edge and daily attend to pest control around the base of the fruit and nut trees.

A good example of a pole barn was built in 2007 for hey and straw as well as fruit and vegetable storage.

Our energy, all generated on site comes from wind and sun. We recycle rainwater as much as possible and recycle our own waste through compost loos which we later use as a fertiliser at the base of the productive fruit/nut trees.

We wish to continue developing the site and remain open to the ideas of others for ways in which we can achieve this in the best possible way.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
July, 2005
Project Detailed Information
Number of people text: 
Number of visitors/volunteers can accommodate: 25. Group visit scheme: yes.
Permaculture Details: 
All Permaculture projects develop differently according to the individuals approach and experience , exposure, altitude, lay of the land , what exists at the site etc. We like to go with the flow remaining open and responding to the inspiration and lessons that nature offers to us. Living in Wild West Wales for many years has taught us a thing or two about that. Neither of us posses the ability to define in words the intuitive relationship we have with nature and particularly this area of land. But you can be sure that overall the experiments and developments at Karuna are a direct result of our ‘resonance’ with its special energy. There is some part of us that understands. There is a profound resonance like the vibration of two strings in perfect harmony, all we understand for certain is that somehow two separate strings are magically bound together into a sudden, unexpected unity and they are bound by resonance. One string is us, the other is ? Please note this is not newage waffle, it really is beautifully miraculous ,it ‘s also abstract to some ,so better we put that particular dimension of what we DO aside. We thought it deserves at least to be mentioned as others also appreciate and understand about working in this way. The project’s design has been an evolving, gradual process over the years, through constant observation we learn of different needs and solutions. The key elements of observation, boundaries, resources, evaluation, design, implementation and maintenance, as well as zoning and sector planning are all part of the projects makings. The first stage of design was for the woodlands, this included the form & location as well as species selection. The woodlands were designed to act as an invaluable windbreak and to create micro climates suitable for food growing in this altitude of 800-900 feet, the species were selected to provide material for coppicing, timber, craft materials, fuel, fruits & nuts as well as wildlife & biodiversity nitrogen fixing value. The design includes plenty of edges, where smaller sun loving fruiting trees & bushes are located. In the second stage we decided the best locations for creating edible landscapes, the orchards and fruit trees, some of those are the baseline for forest garden areas, many fruit trees were planted on the sunny edge of the woodlands (particularly in Sanctuary field).See Land management map. Integrated pest management is applied through duck husbandry. With special Zoning in mind Sanctuary field is zone 1 & 2 ( zone 0 is our home/caravan), large herb garden, annual & perennial vegetables, forest gardens, orchards, ducks while Karuna field and Try field are zone 3, 4 & 5, there is a field-scale horticulture area in Karuna field and more orchards in addition to the woodlands, the rides and open grass areas are cut once a year & used for mulching. Because Karuna is quite a large area (18 acres) it is only properly understood through a visit to the site.
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Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Janta and Merav Wheelhouse
Telephone number: 
01694 - 751374
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Member Project known date: 
13 January 2012
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Tatnam Organic Patch

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

A community garden run by volunteers following strict organic principles, providing food, learning opportunity and a burgeoning wildlife population.

About the project

TOP comprises 1/2 acre of disused local authority allotment land reclaimed eleven years ago to be used as a community garden. It has a variety of micro-climates including forest & forest edge, 2 streams, raised beds, ponds & a large greenhouse. The site runs North to South and is triangular with an annexed wood across the stream. The site is bordered by a church car park and a public allotment site. TOP is self-sufficient in funds and uses materials that are rescued or recycled from the local area. As well as growing food & supporting wildlife there are the social aspects of work, conviviality & seasonal celebrations.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
September, 1998
Project Detailed Information
Number of people text: 
Number of visitors/volunteers can accommodate: 20. Group visit scheme: yes.
Permaculture Details: 
Observe & Interact – maximised orientation, natural composting and mulching, utilising forest edge, natural security methods, natural fertility methods. Catch & Store Energy – on site composting, water retention and storage, coppicing and charcoal possibilities, many trees and shrubs, seed saving. Obtain a yield – Harvesting produce, catching rainfall, social gatherings, bird droppings! Apply self regulation etc – Ongoing rotation records, harvesting rules, pest records, wildlife logs and food plants. Use & value renewable resources and services – Biological pest control, comfrey tea, composting, perennial foods, recycling local waste materials. Produce no waste – Composting greens and wood, cycling water. Design from patterns to details – Forest edge, wildlife pond, zones 0 to 5. Integrate not segregate – Volunteers of all ages, multiple function and elements, bee hives. Use small & slow solutions – Coppice plants, canopy trees, community socials. Use & Value Diversity – Site divided between food and wildlife plants, bee hive, companion planting, perennial and annual crops. Use edges & value the marginal – Woodland edge, large pond, raised pond, stacked beds, transition meetings, growing in time & space. Use change constructively – Planning for forest garden expansion, adjustment for growing membership In terms of permaculture methods the project has taken a greater interest in closed energy cycles and open communal involvement. The site has identifiable zones that are appropriately placed and treated accordingly. There are several ongoing permaculture designs for different areas of the site a compost loo, edible perennial areas and a sheltered structure.
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Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Gary Finch
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Member Project known date: 
13 January 2012
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Landmatters

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

Landmatters is a rural Permaculture Project working within Devon to promote landbased communal living.

About the project

The land is comprised of approximately 42 acres of which 17 acres are semi-natural ancient woodland, 22 acres are pasture and the remainder is naturally regenerating scrub and hedgerows. There is a stream along the most north-westerly boundary.

The co-operative’s members have a diverse range of backgrounds and skills such as sustainable land use, organic horticulture, woodland management and wood crafts, ecology of biodiversity, conservation, arts, education, group facilitation and working within co-operative structures. Most are trained in Permaculture design.

The residents have the intention to create a thriving low impact community, a place where we can explore ways of living gently on the earth and inspire others to do the same. We feel this is an appropriate thing to do in order to take personal responsibility for climate change and the current environmental crisis. We also wish to live like this out of a sense of responsibility to future generations.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
May, 2003
Project Detailed Information
Number of people text: 
Number of visitors/volunteers can accommodate: 30 - 40 maximum. Group visit scheme: yes.
Permaculture Details: 
Observe and interact; 1 years observation of land before any changes made. Catch and store energy; wind generators, solar panels, food and fuel growing. Obtain a yield; fruit, veg, herbs, medicine gathered and/or grown on site. Use and value renewable resources and services; sheep and goats for grazing, solar hot water heaters, hay for mulch, wood for fuel. Produce no waste; compost toilets, compost food and garden waste. Design from pattern to details; broad-scale first then smaller areas. Integrate rather than segregate; office, kitchen, meeting space one structure and many more.
Online links
Project Contact Details
Telephone number: 
01803 712718
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Member Project known date: 
13 January 2012
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Offshoots Permaculture Project

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

The Offshoots project is a community project based on permaculture ethics and principles. It is managed by the social enterprise Newground along with its own committee consisting of all local people who are actively involved with the project.

About the project

The project tries to involve everybody from the community, either through the composting project to visitors to the site, from volunteers and colleges and schools doing training courses. The Offshoots project is there for people of all ages and of all abilities. The project has solar and wind powered buildings, a kiln for making it's own charcoal, a wildlife pond and reed bed, compost toilet, cob building with oven, organic vegetable production, tree nursery, community composting project, backyard demonstration and bee keeping.

Project Detailed Information
Number of people text: 
2
Permaculture Details: 
Earthcare - The wildlife value of the sward will be restored through management to remove the dominant bracken and bramble. Chemicals will be used in the short term as this is the most practical method. 3 acres of coppice with standards will create habitat diversity and ultimately reduce reliance on fossil fuels. The beekeeping helps retain the honeybee population in an area devastated by the parasitic mite varroa. The production of local honey reduces food miles (honey is often imported). the honey is used as a vehicle for environmental messages. Peoplecare - We produce local food without adulteration or harmful residues sometimes found in imported honey or the exploitation. We are keen to share the site and our skills with others eg the local schools and other permies. We find working at the site is good for us. The site is used as a venue to follow a Buddhist path. Fairshare - We provide good local honey to both locals and tourists. We enjoy sharing the site with others. The site provides for both people and wildlife. The principle PROBLEM with the site is the steep gradient. It feels more like 45? than the actual 25? when you are walking up it. Applying simple concentric zoning from a notional Zone-0 in the middle of the site would not work as it would mean too much walking up and down the slope. Even walking along the slope is ankle-twistingly awkward. The SOLUTION is terracing with the zones stretched out along the contour. This means very little going up and downhill other than the zig-zag access tracks. And of course, the footing is level whist going along the terrace. The terraces also make for great aspects and microclimates with reduced shading of plants by those downslope. We employed a contractor to create the 1000m or so of tracks and terracing. The total cost was ?5500 (eek!) (most of which went into digging a large hole for a future barn). However, the land was relatively inexpensive by today?s standards in North Devon where every nice middle class parent wants a pony paddock for Tarquin and Tabitha?s horses. Luckily (?) the land is too steep for livestock grazing by anything but hardy breed sheep. This also means that the fields have not been improved, which makes for more wild flowers. We are going to build a barn to facilitate equipment, produce and potentially livestock. It would have been easier in the short term and possibly cheaper to build the barn at the top of the slope, next to the road. However, we have decided that it is probably easier in the long run to move final harvested produce down and along slope to the barn. This is also visually less obtrusive to nestle the building against the wood and hedge at the bottom of the slope where it is also less windy. There are also advantages for water harvesting. This is Zone-0 for the site. Zone-I will consist of woodland garden and annual crops along the length of the three main terraces. The elongated terraces also make for easy maximising of edge effect without the need to make everything squiggly. Squiggly is fine (and probably better for a flat site), but it?s easier to visualise and manage nice neat strips, especially as we plan to mix both woodland garden and annual food crop areas. Most of the middle of the site that is un-terraced constitutes Zone-II orchard, sheep and poultry. Here the slope does not matter. It won?t bother the trees or livestock, and we won?t need to work on this land that often. The sward will be managed for wildlife value; indeed grazing is the main function of the sheep. A woodland coppice strip constitutes Zone-III providing shelter, wildlife and firewood. This was the main dilemma for the site as to how much land (potential orchard) to give up to firewood production. We have decided on 3 acres of coppice with standards. Mainly ash and some alder coppice with oak and sweet chestnut standards. However, a few other species are included in the mix for interest and diversity. Zone-IV / V is the existing alder along the stream. It is managed mainly for wildlife. I have thinned/coppiced the competing 30 year old alders to allow the remaining trees to fill out. Sectors, The advantage of the slope is its south-east aspect which will create some great microclimates along the terraces and on the slope generally. One of the main reasons for choosing the site is its proximity to the sea. We are 5 miles from the sea meaning that we benefit from the stable maritime climate. However, we are not so near that we get the salt laden winds. The wind that we do get comes along the slope, ie. cold north-easterlies and wet south-westerlies. However, a lot of the time the site is sheltered by the hill behind and the hill opposite. The wildlife planting in the outer zone will add to the existing poorly managed hedges, creating a permeable wind break. Similarly, wildlife/windbreak sectors are being created by the expanding of the existing hazel coppice strip and the reinstating of the old hedge line as shown on the 1880 OS map and 1841 tithe map. In order to take advantage of the available solar energy we have cut a large platf Beekeeping, forest garden, vegetable garden, poultry, sheep, orchards, terracing, coppice with standards, composting.
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Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Phill Dewhurst
Telephone number: 
01282 450270
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Member Project known date: 
13 January 2012
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Old Sleningford Farm

LAND Demonstration Network
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

A forest garden, raised beds, poly tunnel, orchard, bees, pigs, sheep, chickens and apple juicing.

About the project

Old Sleningford Farm has a relaxed approach to life.  Our alternative name is 'Old Slippage', also the name of our cider!.

We aim to provide a venue in which learning can take place, both formal and informal.  We aim to inspire and demonstrate self reliance.

Our objectives are to:

  • Create an inspiring venue that produces its own resources such as food and fuel;
  • Offer learning opportunities to others through voluntary work and free, low cost or paid for courses and events;
  • Develop skills in people which they can use to improve their lifestyle.

We welcome anyone, of all ages and abilities.

Group visits can be arranged for between 1 and 4 hours and can include refreshments, food and practical work.

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Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Rachel Benson
Telephone number: 
01765 635202
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Member Project known date: 
13 January 2012
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Earth Heart Housing Co-op

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

Earth Heart Housing Co-operative is a housing co-operative in a traditional farmhouse and barns on 20 acres of organic land.

About the project

Earth Heart Housing Co-operative is a housing co-operative in traditional listed farmhouse and barns with 20 acres of organic land in Derbyshire. We have 24 residents, including children, as well as ducks, chickens and other animals. The land includes pasture, large trees, woodland, an orchard, gardens and a reedbed sewage system. We use a woodchip boiler for heating and hot water, and buy green electricity. The community uses consensus decision-making via regular meetings, and we also meet on co-op work days and on birthdays and other celebrations. We manage the land for organic grazing for cows and sheep, firewood, vegetables, fruit, herbs and nature conservation. There is a willow labyrinth and dome, and treebogs and outside shower. There are camps during the summer and occasional visits through the year.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
November, 1997
Project Detailed Information
Number of people text: 
Number of visitors/volunteers can accommodate: 30 depending on form of transport up to 100 for a camp including children. Group visit scheme: yes.
Permaculture Details: 
Zoning of land use, succession and natural regeneration in fenced-off areas, stacking in forest garden, conservation of unusual food crops, harvesting of wild and tree crops, diversity of habitats and land use, multi-purpose project (heritage conservation, nature conservation, building regeneration, agriculture, gardening, eco-technology, community building, integration of housing and land), soil building, leguminous trees, organic conversion. Our project is also an example of people working together to achieve joint aims, involving decision-making, finance, planning permission, building contracts, leases, legal arrangements, people-care, emotional management, conflict resolution, dealing with neighbours and community.
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Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Earth Heart Housing Co-op
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Member Project known date: 
13 January 2012
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Ourganics Evolving Systems

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

A PC demo lifestyle and debt free self sustaining business.

About the project

Ourganics is a PC demo lifestyle and debt free self sustaining business. The project and my life revolve around the three ethics people care, earth care, fair share. I've built a timber 'shed' to live in. I'm off the grid for water and electricity – wind and sun give us all the energy we need. I have a compost toilet, reed bed system and solar hot water in the Summer. I'm a venue for PC courses and grow produce to sell to the local community.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
June, 1999
Project Detailed Information
Number of people text: 
Number of visitors/volunteers can accommodate: 15 - 30.
Permaculture Details: 
Large and different examples of raised/no dig till systems – extremely diverse ecosystems – multiple functions wherever possible - use of waste i.e. compost loos etc.
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Patricia Bowcock
Telephone number: 
01308 482455
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Member Project known date: 
13 January 2012
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Organic Lea - Hawkwood Nursery Project

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

The project will develop 12 acres of disused Local Authority plant nursery (including 1/2 acres of glasshouses) as a community food growing enterprise. Food and plants will be grown sustainably using organic and permaculture principles.

About the project

5 paid posts and 120 volunteering opportunities will be created in food production and composting. Volunteers will be recruited from agencies supporting marginalised people living locally. As the project progresses further livelihood opportunities will develop. The project will use the food and plant production infrastructure to develop the processing, marketing and awareness raising initiatives that Organiclea has been establishing over the last 7 years (most recently as the Waltham Forest Food Hub under DEFRA's SPAN project and the current MLFW Lottery project). Training programmes will be developed in the areas of horticulture, gardening, permaculture and composting. Specific training will be targeted at adults with learning difficulties, people experiencing mental ill health, and long term unemployed as well as running accredited gardening courses as part of the Local Authority’s Lifelong Learning programme. Outcomes of the project will be jobs, food for local residents, plants for local food projects and gardeners, and training and volunteering opportunities. Beneficiaries will include: residents from economically deprived inner city areas accessing sustainably grown, local food; community food projects and local residents in N&E London accessing sustainably grown plants; residents from marginalised sections of the community gaining training and volunteering experience. Current partners involved in the project are: London Borough of Waltham Forest, Ellingham Employment Agency, Growing Communities, Hornbeam Centre, UK Food Waste, Eostre Farmer’s Cooperative, Forest Recycling, and London Food Links. Project sustainability will be secured through income from produce sales, composting and training fees. Funding will also be sought to further develop the project.

Project Detailed Information
Number of people text: 
Number of visitors/volunteers can accommodate: 20. Group visit scheme: yes.
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Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Organic Lea
Telephone number: 
020 8558 6880
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Member Project known date: 
13 January 2012
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Ragmans Lane Farm

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

Ragmans is a 60-acre organic farm incorporating permaculture principles. We run and host course on sustainable living, and produce apple juice and mushroom logs.

About the project

Ragmans has been operating since 1990 as a place where permaculture ideas are experimented with. Over the years many diverse activities have taken place at Ragmans, it is responsive the new ideas and new people. Currently the farm has 3 core areas of work: apple juice, mushroom logs and teaching. We have 1000 apple trees and make about 15,000 bottles of juice a year. We have taught over 1700 people on courses since 1991.

The farm has permaculture design features built in to the infrastructure, e.g. water harvesting and storage, low impact buildings, solar and biomass heating systems, comfrey production. We can provide permaculture examples for broadscale farmers and urban contexts.

The farm aims to support productive and sustainable land use and is hosting The Willow Bank and the Market Garden. Two independent micro businesses based at the farm. Working together to provide employment and to use the land as well.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
January, 1990
Project Detailed Information
Number of people text: 
Number of visitors/volunteers can accommodate: 25. Group visit scheme: yes.
Permaculture Details: 
Around the farm buildings there are examples of perennial veg and fruit beds. The community led veg box scheme (CSA) incorporates organic horticulture, contour beds, gravity fed irrigation from water collected and stored in a pond, and is line with Transition models of local food production.
Online links
Project Contact Details
Telephone number: 
01594 860244
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Member Project known date: 
13 January 2012
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