About

The Apricot Centre is a social enterprise (CIC) offering a a balance between professional, warm, welcoming collaborative..We produce high quality food on our farm at Huxhams Cross in Dartington South Devon.(link to shop)  The Apricot Centre Wellbeing Service  provides therapeutic support for families and children in both East Anglia and in Devon.  Where the two activities overlap we offer a rich experience on the farm for children and their families.(link)  We also offer training courses on how we work with both the land ( permaculture) and with people (link).

The Aim of the Apricot Centre is to create and run a sustainable diverse farm, wellbeing service and business. It recognizes that there is a fundamental link between the wellbeing of the soil, food and habitat and the mental and physical health of the people in and around the farm, making for a wonderful environment for a warm and effective mental health/ wellbeing service for children and families. The Apricot centre is a small (CIC) company that cares for the environment and for people.

Our Ethos & Underlying Principles

  • Value diversity at all levels of the business
  • Follow the feedback of the system allowing it to evolve ('Feedback leads the way')
  • The 'edge' of a system is where it is exciting, creative, and where potential lies.
  • Where there is a disturbance there is wisdom within the disturbance. This allows us to creatively work with change.

The Aim of the Apricot Centre is to create and run a sustainable diverse farm, wellbeing service and business. It recognises that there is a fundamental link between the wellbeing of the soil, food and habitat and the mental and physical health of the people in and around the farm, making for a wonderful environment for a warm and effective mental health/ wellbeing service for children and families.

Our Objectives are:

  • To produce Local Sustainable Food
  • To create  sustainable biodiverse farms that support wildlife
  • To provide for and support the mental wellbeing of families and children that visit the farm for therapy, education or recreational purposes.
  • To provide training courses and consultation on how to do this.
  • To create an economically resilient business
  • To support the wellbeing and professional development of its staff and team.
  • To collect data and research on the effectiveness of these models

Although this might seem to be an unusual mixture what we have found the  underlying principles inform our work both with people and the environment.