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LandWorks bench FOR INDEX

LandWorks Update: Zen and the art of the picnic bench

Friday 11 July, 2014

The LandWorks picnic bench production line is taking off – fancy some new patio furniture?


LandWorks update: A powerful Symbol

Wednesday 25 June, 2014

Hunched and looming out of the morning mist, the astonishing ‘Symbol’ scultpure at LandWorks has a powerful effect on those arriving from prison.

combine harvester FOR INDEX

Food & Farming blog: What is agroforestry?

Tuesday 24 June, 2014

This month, Dartington Estate Manager John tackles the topic of agroforestry – and the important part it’s set to play in Dartington’s sustainable farming plans.

Earth Power Bars

Schumacher College recipe: Earth Power Bars

Friday 20 June, 2014

These bars hold together well and are soft, mildly chewy and very moreish – a bit like a healthy brownie.

LandWorks update: Putting a price on cultural capital

Wednesday 18 June, 2014

Chris takes a moment to discuss the practical realities of financing LandWorks – and how you can help.

Dartington LandWorks

LandWorks update: Good days and exhausting days

Friday 30 May, 2014

Some days are better than others – and working with men who are often ex-addicts brings its own peculiar difficulties.

Sue's forest gardening placement

Sue's View: Symbiosis in the forest garden

Friday 30 May, 2014

It’s time for Sue’s first placement as part of her course at Schumacher College – and it’s an eye-opening experience.

Dartington LandWorks

LandWorks update: Prison, not Priory

Friday 23 May, 2014

When a GP asserts that there are no drug issues in his part of South Devon, Chris wonders if there is a lack of understanding of the problems communities face.

Lynch blog FOR INDEX

Mary's Blog: The forgotten gardener

Wednesday 21 May, 2014

As the Chelsea Flower Show approaches, Mary is moved to remember Stewart Lynch, who oversaw at golden era at the Dartington gardens.

Old Parsonage Farm (wide) FOR INDEX

Food & Farming blog: Old Parsonage hopefuls arrive on site

Tuesday 20 May, 2014

As the letting process for Old Parsonage Farm gathers pace, hopeful tenants arrive on site for a viewing day. John Channon, Estate Manager at Dartington, writes on the new arrivals.


LandWorks update: Bob's story

Friday 09 May, 2014

Chris tells the story of Bob, and how the ability of a trainee to turn their life around isn’t just beneficial for themselves.

Cockerel: LandWorks wants yours

LandWorks update: Calling all cockerels

Monday 28 April, 2014

When Chris discovered that trainee numbers at LandWorks were set to increase, he realised…LandWorks really needed to find a cockerel.

RiP: working to improve the lives of children, families and adults

Celebrating Dartington’s work with children, families and adults

Thursday 24 April, 2014

Oliver Townsend discusses the social justice tradition within The Dartington Hall Trust, and how the two organisations he works for are continuing that work every day.

Anenome flowers in the Schumacher gardens

Sue's View: Saving seed

Thursday 17 April, 2014

Sue considers the benefits of saving seeds from your best crop to re-plant, and also how to avoid ‘nitrogen robbery’.

Old Parsonage Farm

Food & Farming blog: A sustainable future at Old Parsonage Farm

Monday 14 April, 2014

John Channon, Estate Manager at Dartington, provides update regarding the future of Old Parsonage Farm following a busy few months.

Teign Valley train

Mary's Blog: Remembering the Teign Valley railway

Friday 04 April, 2014

As the destroyed Dawlish railway line re-opens after the 2014 UK storms, Mary reflects on the old Teign Valley line, and how her family were involved in both.


LandWorks update: Let's adjourn for lunch

Thursday 03 April, 2014

A new trainee gets the shock of his life when a figure from his past arrives on his first day at LandWorks.

Julia's Hot Cross Buns

Julia's recipe: Hot Crossed Light Buns

Wednesday 26 March, 2014

Julia Ponsonby raids the Schumacher College Kitchen cupboards to bring you a classic Hot Cross Bun recipe for Easter.

'Symbol', by Mic Chambers, in the LandWorks garden

LandWorks update: A question of trust

Wednesday 19 March, 2014

The value of transparency: If Chris isn’t clear on his own motivations in running the project, is it reasonable to expect the trainees to trust him?

Dorothy Elmhirst

Mary's Blog: How Dartington funded a blockbuster

Friday 14 March, 2014

Dartington veteran Mary Bartlett looks back into history, and explains how Dartington came to fund one the West End’s most powerful and successful shows.

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