Our growing community

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.

Please note that many of these links will take you directly to the business websites.

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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. The research is published in a variety of publications and through the trusts’ own quarterly journal, the Agroforestry News. The trust also runs site tours and courses, consults on other projects and sells plants from its nursery through its online shop.

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Beloved Sanctuary

A local group supporting pollinators on the estate through natural beekeeping.

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Apples growing at Community Orchard, Week

Community Orchard, Week

Providing space for the local community around the estate to come together and grow their own fruit.

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Dartington Dairy

Jon and Lynne Perkin run the dairy, based at Old Parsonage Farm, which at 489 acres 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. They also offer ‘Farmer for a Day‘ and milking experiences so that visitors to the estate can discover a little more about farm life in Devon.

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Field fresh flower arrangement from the Flower Project

Flower Project

Producing seasonal, Soil Association accredited cut flowers for sale as bouquets, buckets, by subscription and for special events.

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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.

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Forestry Commission

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.

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foxhole community garden

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. The garden is currently developing a timetable of events and activities starting with weekly Little Foxes Stay and Play session for ages 0-11.

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Grocycle musrooms


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.

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Huxhams Cross Community Orchard

Huxhams Cross Community Orchard

Providing space for the Huxhams Cross community to grow their own produce.

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Children in Apricot Orchard. Photo: Marina O'Connell

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.

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Chickens at Jolly Farm

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.

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Wall building at LandWorks


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.

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Members of the Living Projects in their chosen site, Pond Field

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.

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Luscombe Drinks

One of five food and farming enterprises involved in a multi-agency agroforestry project on the Dartington estate – a venture aiming to break down traditional barriers which have prevented a wider uptake of agroforestry in the UK.

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Ross Birbeck

Ross Birbeck (Peek Farm)

Ross is a young farmer who took on the management of 60 acres at Peek, on the estate, when he was 17. Ross farms sheep and rare breed Galloway cattle and is keen to provide meat to the local community.

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Salthouse & Peppermongers

Salthouse & Peppermongers are growing the UK’s first ever commercial table crop of sichuan pepper on the Dartington estate, as part of a groundbreaking multi-agency agroforestry project.

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school farm csa

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.

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Schumacher apprentices

Schumacher 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.

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Totnes Allotments Association

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.

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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.

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