Dartington has a range of amazing tenants who farm our land in innovative ways that benefit the community.
Please do take a look at some of these fantastic enterprises – and if you value sustainable, locally-driven food production, take a look at their websites to see how you might be able to help.
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The Agroforestry Research Trust
The trust was set up in 1992 to conduct research into all aspects of temperate agroforestry. It operates across three sites including two based on the estate – a Forest Garden and a trial site.
A local group supporting pollinators on the estate through natural beekeeping.
Community Orchard, Week
Providing space for the local community around the estate to come together and grow their own fruit.
Based at Old Parsonage Farm, Dartington Dairy is run by Jon and Lynne Perkin, and 489 acres it makes up the majority of the estate’s farmland. The Perkins manage a purebred Jersey herd alongside their own herd of milking goats producing ice cream, yoghurt, milk and other products.
Producing seasonal, Soil Association accredited cut flowers for sale as bouquets, buckets, by subscription and for special events.
Grain of truth
Based at Sawmills Orchard, project manager Andrew had an idea that wheat of excellent bread making quality can grow well in Devon. The field he manages is somewhere to grow heritage grain, bulking up rare varieties and growing others for processing.
Dartington is one of a number of UK-wide sites hosting trials to establish the viability of Short Rotation Forestry (SRF) as a renewable energy source.
Foxhole Community Garden
Foxhole Community Garden is a beautiful 0.5 acre site on the estate alongside School Farm with two key aims: to provide a safe space for vulnerable groups to enjoy gardening, and to create a thriving community garden offering space for local families and residents to come together.
GroCycle is a project that aims to keep coffee waste out of landfill by using it to grow gourmet mushrooms. Their mushrooms are available wholesale locally but they also produce kits so that people can grow their own mushrooms at home and are endeavouring to encourage more people to follow their example by providing online training.
The Hemp Avatar Initiative
The Hemp Avatar initiative is growing 20 acres of hemp in Chase Grove field, part of Old Parsonage Farm. This variety contains no THC so smoking it produces no effect. The Hemp Avatar grow the crop to produce hemp juice, which is a health drink. They are also currently crowdfunding for a hemp stalk decorticating machine which will help them transform the stalks into a building material.
Huxhams Cross Community Orchard
Providing space for the Huxhams Cross community to grow their own produce.
Huxhams Cross Farm
Huxhams Cross Farm is a new community owned, biodynamic farm on the estate at week managed by the Apricot Centre. The farm is still in establishing but the plan is to produce vegetables, eggs and fruit for local consumption, have an on-site training centre and operate a wellbeing service for children and families.
Jolly Farm CSA
Jolly Farm, run by Jade and Olly, is a meat CSA producing mostly beef and lamb on a number of local sites including Yarner Beacon on the estate.
LandWorks is a work-based training scheme providing a supported route back into the community for current and ex-prisoners. They have numerous growing projects and a roadside shop as part of their programme.
The Living Projects
The Living Projects is a new initiative at Pond Field run by young people to create a viable and sustainable future for themselves and their communities.
Ross Birbeck (Peek Farm)
Salthouse & Peppermongers
School Farm CSA
School Farm CSA is a unique ecological market garden on the estate providing its CSA members with a seasonal weekly box of organic vegetables. The CSA also teaches Practical Horticultural Skills courses in partnership with Bicton College.
Schumacher College, a leading practitioner of land-based learning on the estate, manages a number of productive sites on the estate and offers a practical residency in Sustainable Horticulture.
Totnes Allotments Association
The Totnes Allotment Association has taken on renting land around Totnes in order to provide allotment space to members of the local community. On the Dartington estate they rent and provide allotments on Copland Field.
Totnes & Kingsbridge Beekeeping Association
This local branch of the Devon Beekeepers Association keeps a number of hives at School Farm on the estate and use the space as their teaching apiary.