We are part of a globalised consumer culture which plunders natural resources without due consideration for the long-term effects on individuals, communities and the planet on which we live. Consequently, our physical and mental wellbeing, our environment, our ecological systems and our food, water and resource supplies are under serious threat.
In response to this threat, we are “thinking globally and acting locally” as guardians and caretakers of the 40 acres of mixed arable, pasture, and woodland which we have been gifted, in order to preserve and maintain it for community use and land-based social enterprises and rural micro industries.
We are creating a space where people can come together regardless of age, cultural background, knowledge and health – a space in which our connection to the earth, to nature, to Self and to others can be explored and expressed. A place where skills are shared and curiosity and understanding are nurtured. A place where each individual can contribute their gifts to the collective wellbeing. A place where people can build strong and lasting relationships, not only with other people, but also with the plants and animals with whom we share the land.
We hold a vision of a place where the degradation of soil and decline of species is reversed, where the presence of humans on the land fosters the diversification of species and enrichment of the environment. A place which helps forge the bridges necessary for people to work effectively together to deal with the crises facing our communities, where learning in all its forms – verbal, physical, logical, sensory, solitary and social – can form a foundation for the growth of sustainable and resilient communities.
We are establishing Community Supported projects based on permaculture, organic and biodynamic methods and principles. As well as becoming a working farm, we want to create an education centre that will offer courses in sustainable food cultivation and land stewardship, as well as providing abundant opportunities for visitors to connect with the land and learn through direct, sensory experience about nature awareness, conservation, ecology, wildlife, woodland, wetland and agricultural management.