I hadn’t intended doing a post on a visit to Yorkley Court just shortly before the eviction. However, looking at the images from a rain-sodden day with no-one around in the garden, there is such a poignancy – a foreboding almost of what was to come from the nature itself – that I feel a post is warranted. To read more click on the post title or image.
It would seem a little corner of Dorset is somewhere which attracts very special people. Whilst staying with Pat Bowker at Ourganics, I was privileged to also meet two of the real pioneers of organic farming – Josephine and Arthur Pearse of Tamarisk farm. They started growing food there following organic methods over 45 years ago! To read more click on the post title or image.
Ourganics Evolving Systems
Just outside of Bridport in Dorset is a location which not just feels, but I believe actually is, quite spiritual in its engagement of those fortunate to have been able to wander around. Its the site of Ourganics Evolving Systems. To read more click on the post title or image.
Old School Farm
Dartington Estate in Devon is a very special place to those who know it. It has an almost draw to it for those who seek to practice dialogue with the earth. It is perhaps not surprising therefore that a number of small farmers have decided to take land on the estate on which to produce their precious wares. Old School Farm is one such place. To read more click on the post title or image.
Chagford Community Market Garden – Take II
The first time I visited Chagford Community Market Garden was a dark dank day with the mist rolling around the lower slopes of Dartmoor as the team gathered the last of the season’s leeks. In stark contrast the weather for my second visit could not have been better as a bright sun beamed out of a blue early autumn sky. One of those days when you were blessed to be alive. To read more click on the post title or image.
It [Tinkers Bubble] has to be a bright beacon of hope in what otherwise could be a depressing world. The members of Tinkers Bubble are not freaks, they are sincere and thinking human beings whose way of living offers learning and insights that all of us could beneficially integrate into our lives. To read more click on the post title or image.
Charles Dowding’s Homeacres
Healthy soil and no weeds is what Charles Dowding says you get when you follow his no dig gardening methods. He uses his Homeacres site as a testament to his vision. I had to go and see and wasn’t disappointed! To read more click on the post title or image.
The family-run farm of Shillingford Organics is located on the outskirts of Exeter. Martyn Bragg’s is the second generation of the Bragg family to farm here and Martyn leads a team who grow vegetables, salads, herbs and fruit – all using methods which demonstrate a passion for encouraging wildlife and biodiversity. To read more click on the post title or image.
Martin Crawford’s Demonstration Forest Garden
Martin Crawford has carried out extensive research into forest gardening – the use of permanent shrub and tree cover to a provide self-sustaining food source – and in so doing has established the Agroforestry Trust with its semi-tropical wonderland on the Dartington Estate where his ideas and practices are demonstrated. To read more click on the post title or image.
Gazegill Farm – Where Christmas Starts In August
Yes, it was August, I was sure of that,and yes these were turkeys ultimately on their way to Christmas dinner tables! Oh what conflicting thoughts started running through my head! To read more click on the post title or image.