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Land for sale near Holsworthy, North Devon

I am posting this on behalf of Laura who was a valued member of our group before moving to Plas Dwbl in Wales.

With a heavy-heart(s) Laura and Jim Wallwork are placing their 49 acre smallholding up for sale.  It is called Lopthorne and comprises of rare Devon culm and ancient woodland.  It has been conservation-grazed by native cattle in order to enhance or at least manage the immense biodiversity.  http://www.andrewlane.biz/property-for-sale.php

It has been biodynamic Demeter certified for 2 years and now organic Demeter certified upon our relocation nearly 3 years ago.

The reason why I thought it may be of interest to you is because it is an unusual slice of pre-industrial Devon: It has never been ploughed, drained or (as far as we can research) sprayed (bar BD sprays).  The land has its own ‘being’ as a consequence.  If you are interested in observing the elementals then I recommend a visit.  It does deserve a sensitive guardian.  Don’t hesitate to contact me for more information: laura_richards@hotmail.com

 

Promoting Social Justice, Equity and Inclusion

The South West Biodynamic Group would like to share and endorse this statement from the Biodynamic Association

Promoting Social Justice, Equity and Inclusion

As an organisation, the Biodynamic Association is committed to renewing the health and wholeness of our communities through biodynamic agriculture.

Distressing recent events, highlighting yet again the deep racial inequalities in our world, have been a painful reminder for us in the UK Biodynamic Association of  the need to move forward and progress much faster, and, along with the whole farming community, to commit  and achieve greater diversity in every way possible for our farming, food and gardening movements.

We recognise that there are significant barriers in the UK to all those from disadvantaged backgrounds entering the agricultural sector, including access to land and capital resources. Barriers also exist to accessing healthy and nutritious foods that should be everyone’s right.

These are areas that we are working to address, and in doing so committing ourselves to more fully listen, learn, and promote social justice, equity, and inclusion.  Through positive action we join the global biodynamic community to make positive change. Just as it was true in Rudolf Steiner’s day, the urgent need for social healing is intimately connected to our relationships with food, land, and spirit.

May our feeling penetrate

into the centre of our heart,

and seek, in love, to unite itself

with the human beings seeking the same goal,

with the spirit beings who — bearing grace,

strengthening us from realms of light

and illuminating our love —

are gazing down upon

our earnest, heartfelt striving.

~ Rudolf Steiner, 1923

A reminder of our ‘Virtual’ Spring Gathering and exciting news from Huxhams Cross Farm

Firstly a reminder that, as announced in the Spring Newsletter, our Virtual/Alternative Spring Gathering is this Sunday (April 19th).  It was suggested that members do a stirring of 500 preparation on that day as we can’t meet physically. In this way people can join forces in thought and action in their own gardens, plots or holdings.  For those unable to join in with the stirring there could be a few minutes silence/meditation at a convenient time on the day, to concentrate on the health of our planet.

We had deliberately not given a specific time but a number of people had requested a ‘collective’ time so we would propose 5.00pm for people who would like to join others remotely.  The meditation could take place a few minutes before then.

 

And some exciting news from Huxhams Cross Farm

 

Apricot Centre Biodynamic flour is now for sale 

The flour retail is ;

1 kg bag – £2.85

3 kg bag £8.00

12.5 kg bag £25.00

White flour will be available in 2-3 weeks as well.

These can be delivered locally in our delivery round, £10 minimum order, or the 12.5 kg bags can be collected from our collection hub on the farm.

Our flour is milled from Huxhams Cross Biodynamic YQ grain.

YQ stands for “Yield and Quality” and was specially bred by Wakelyns Agroforestry in collaboration with the Organic Research Centre. 20 varieties of wheat were crossed to create a diverse “population wheat” that is suited to an organic low input system. It is generally low in gluten levels. It has been grown at Huxhams Cross farm in Dartington and is fully Biodynamic. It has a high flavour. It is milled at  the new Dartington Mill.

The new mill is special,  it is a “New American Stone Mill ” recently arrived from Vermont.  We mill in small batches so freshly milled flour can be delivered to either the Almond Thief or the Apricot centre on a weekly basis. To quote Andrew Heyn the baker and the mill maker;

“Freshly ground flour retains more flavour and aromas than pre-ground flour, translating to a more complex, aromatic, and delicious baked good. Stonemilling grinds the bran and germ into the flour along with the endosperm, keeping valuable nutrients in the flour. Coarser elements can be sifted out as you like to produce finer flours, which still retain some of the nutritional benefit of milling the whole grain. Granite millstones help to keep grain cool as it travels through the mill, protecting naturally occurring oils and nutrients. Buying whole grains presents an opportunity to work with local grain growers, and for those farmers to access a local market via a new avenue: your bakery. It’s good for you, your bread, and your community.”

links .https://www.newamericanstonemills.com/

http://wakelyns.co.uk/pop-wheat

https://www.wevideo.com/view/1644119746   – a short film of the wheat growing and milling at Huxhams Cross farm.

To order please use our online shop www.apricotcentre.co.uk/shop, or email info@apricotcentre.co.uk or call Bob Mehew on 07507841158