Hapstead Farm CIC Volunteer opportunity

Hapstead Farm C.I.C.  is an Alternative Provision (AP) providing children and adults, (who may experience barriers to learning and mental health issues), with the opportunity to take a major role in the activities associated with running a 60-acre mixed biodynamic / organic farm and associated traditional rural skills. The farm is situated on the edge of Dartmoor near Buckfastleigh.

Currently there is a small group of home schooled children attending the farm on Fridays (9am to 2pm), and we are seeking a volunteer to assist with this group (immediate start). The activities are based on the following areas:  Animal Husbandry, rural skills / crafts, and vegetable production. An interest in mixed organic farming, working horses, crafts and experiential learning is essential. This role may well lead to paid employment. DBS check will be required.

Please contact Tobias Goulden, telephone: 07593381593 email : tobiasgoulden@yahoo.co.uk

An appeal for help!

Tobias Goulden, a longstanding member and biodynamic farmer and grower, has recently taken on the tenancy of Hapstead Camphill farm which Frankie Van Der Stok managed for many years.  It is a mile from Buckfastleigh and has wonderful views from some fields, looking over Buckfastleigh right across to the coast.

Tobias’s vision fully embraces the social aspects of biodynamics and community participation and could, if successful, offer much to the area both in terms of food availability and work opportunities for young people and those with social difficulties. He has formed a community interest company with Jo Clark from ‘On the Hill ‘ and  head teacher Mike Rees-Lee. A gofundme page has been set up as they need to raise funds for farm machinery.

A report on progress will hopefully go out with the next BD Group newsletter.  More details and a full breakdown of costs can be found in the ‘gofundme’ link.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/hapstead-farm-experiential                                                           


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