The Apricot Centre at Huxhams Cross Farm is a community interest company set on a 35 acre farm in Dartington in the heart of the south of Devon. We aim to cultivate sustainable land, lives and livelihood through providing fresh organic, biodynamic food, a wellbeing service and land based training courses in Permaculture, Biodynamics and Agroforestry. We also run an Permaculture Design Consultancy where we help other farms replicate our methodologies or support and guide them to create their own farms.
Our Farm is designed using Permaculture Methodologies and incorporates an agro-forestry system. It is organically certified with the Soil Association and Biodynamically certified by the Biodynamic Association.
We produce as much of our own fruit, veg and products as possible. We never buy air freighted produce, we try and use local suppliers when we buy food outside the farm and only our fair trade bananas are shipped from outside the EU.
We work with and support small-scale artisan organic farmers, growers and producers. We trade with farmers and growers directly: this shortens the supply chain, helps them earn a fair price for their produce and encourages sustainable agricultural growth.
We are a not for profit organisation, The money spent by our veg bag and market stall customers stays in the community. Surplus money goes back into our vision to cultivate sustainable land, lives and livelihoods through developing the volunteer and training opportunities as well as supporting our wellbeing fund which provides therapy and nature based workshops for young people and their families who may be experiencing mental health and well-being difficulties.
The Apricot Centre’s vision is to encourage people to access healthy and nutritious food that is produced using ecologically sound and sustainable methods, encouraging people to learn from the land about ways to create livelihoods that are sustainable as well encourage better wellbeing through access to the land and the therapeutic benefits nature has to offer.