How we use our land
For over nine decades the land and estate at Dartington have been used for agricultural experimentation, research and the application of new processes, with a rich and sometimes controversial history in land-based research.
Today, the estate comprises of a main tenancy, Old Parsonage Farm, which covers 480 acres and maintains a milking goat herd, small Jersey herd, beef cattle and sheep with sustainable, forward-thinking farming practices.
In addition to this, around 20 other land-based tenancies run a variety of brilliantly eclectic and progressive food and farming initiatives – including a meat CSA, a vegetable CSA, community orchards, allotments, apiaries and much more
Conservation at Dartington
From dormice to hedgerows and everything in between, conservation work plays a major part in Dartington estate life.
Powered by renewables
A significant proportion of Dartington’s energy is produced via renewables, in the form of our 950kw biomass boiler and 500kh(p) solar-PV array.
Food, farming and conservation blogs
A fundraiser to build a Chinese herbal medicine garden has been launched by a group of tenants on the Dartington Estate who want to create a peaceful place for everyone to enjoy.
The degree builds on the position Dartington continues to carve for itself as an innovator in the teaching of ecological, regenerative approaches to agriculture, land use and culture.
Seven acres of land has been set aside for use by students and graduates to give them space to experiment with new agro ecological growing techniques.
MSc Regenerative Food and Farming student Jude Allen writes abotu her recent trip to Glasgow to present her work at World Soil Congress.
The scientist was fearless in the face of controversy and was one of the first to raise concerns about the interconnectedness of all life and the potential ecological damage being done to the planet,
The presence of thousands of these special plant scattered across the meadows of Dartington Estate reveals the secrets of the health of the soil beneath.
New polytunnels save money and food miles by increasing the amount of ‘home grown’ produce for Schumacher College.
Our horticulture team at Schumacher College are taking part in trials through the South West Grain Network to find new strains of wheat that are grown more effectively in our climate. We catch up with Michael Cooper, one of our horticulture interns this year to find out more…
In a month when members of the public have been urged to ‘plant a tree for the Jubilee’, our conservation warden Mike Newby advises that while trees are valuable at capturing carbon, using our land to address climate change needs a more complex approach.
In response to the Government Food Strategy published today, we consider the lack of detail and focus on developing authentically regenerative practices, and the need for a thoughtful, holistic approach with more immediately tangible action points.