Events

 

A Sustainable Movement in Japan

with Sachiaki Takamiya, Sachiyo and Takumi 

Thursday 25th July 7pm - 9pm

£8 per person - limited to 25 people

Sachiaki Takamiya lived in England in his early 20s, he is a writer and the founder of the Ikigai Diet. He now lives in a small rural town called Hino in Shiga Prefecture, Japan and leads a sustainable lifestyle. In his talk at The Apricot Centre, Huxhams Cross Farm, he will be discussing a new lifestyle called Satoyama Living that is emerging in Japan. Many Young people are moving to the countryside from big cities and leading sustainable lifestyles in a new way. He will be exploring the ideas of Han No Han X, a lifestyle to lead half farm life and half something else, Kominka living, Kominka living, transition initiatives, local networks, and eco-villages, politics and the grassroots movement.

The talk will take place at The Apricot Centre on 25th July 7pm - 9pm and costs £8 per person - limited to 25 people

to book your place please click here

About the facilitators
Sachiaki Takamiya is a writer and the founder of Ikigai Diet which is based on the traditional Japanese diet with the recent trends in Japanese health culture. He lives in a small rural town called Hino in Shiga Prefecture Japan with his wife Sachiyo and son Takumi. He grows vegetables using the Kawaguchi style natural farming. Sachiaki is involved in a local network in Hino which aims to shift the town to be more sustainable. There are about 20 families in the network, and many of its members raise children naturally, grow food naturally, and live in traditional Japanese houses.
http://ikigaidietlife.com/
https://zenmerchantblog.com/blog/

Sachiyo has been in the medical field for a long time. She worked as a nurse in hospitals for over ten years. She then worked for a pharmaceutical company. After that, she worked as a counselor for cancer patients and their families. She now supports people’s health and well-being by providing comprehensive medical information; both western medicine and alternative medicine; and by giving healing sessions with several natural healing methods. She knows a lot about fermentation, and she helps people with her knowledge of fermentation, too.

Takumi is eight years old, and he goes to a local elementary school. His school is very small with about 70 students in the entire school, and there are only four students in his class. He often plays with other children in the local network. They sometimes play together in a forest playground that some members of the local network run.

 

Ikigai Diet a One Day Workshop

with Sachiaki Takamiya, Sachiyo

Sunday 28th July 9:30am - 4:30pm

£60 per person spaces are limited

Ikigai is a Japanese word meaning something that motivates you to live, something that gives you meaning and purpose to live. Ikigai Diet is a diet to help you live with Ikigai. It is a diet to help you stay young and healthy to enjoy your 100-year life, and through practicing Ikigai Diet, you will be physically and mentally balanced, and be able to connect with your source.

In this one day workshop you will have the opportunity to explore the topics What is and Ikigai Diet, Eating and farming, Fermented food, Living with Bacteria
What to Eat - Ichibutsu Zentai Shoku: eating food as a whole, The Secret of Japanese Longevity - not in what we ate, but how we ate. You will be able to take take part in discussions, lectures and practical elements to help understand the Ikigai Diet and how you can Incorporate it into your everyday life.

The workshop will take place at The Apricot Centre on 28th July 9:30am - 4:30pm and costs £60 per person - limited to 15 people

to book your place please click here

About the facilitator
Sachiaki Takamiya is a writer and the founder of Ikigai Diet which is based on the traditional Japanese diet with the recent trends in Japanese health culture. He lives in a small rural town called Hino in Shiga Prefecture Japan with his wife Sachiyo and son Takumi. He grows vegetables using the Kawaguchi style natural farming. Sachiaki is involved in a local network in Hino which aims to shift the town to be more sustainable. There are about 20 families in the network, and many of its members raise children naturally, grow food naturally, and live in traditional Japanese houses.
http://ikigaidietlife.com/
https://zenmerchantblog.com/blog/

 

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Thursday 2nd May 2019 

Plant and Seed Sale

 

 

Come along to our community seed and plant sale/swap on Thursday 2nd May from 10:30-12:30 at Huxhams Cross Farm, Dartington, TQ9 6AA.

You don’t have to bring anything to sell or swap you can just pop in and see what might make a great addition to your plot or garden. We’ve had lots of enquires if flowers are allowed too and the answer is absolutely we want to attract those awesome pollinators.

We will have plants for sale from the Husbandry School and other growers in the area. 

This event is free and family friendly and we will have refreshments for sale.

Contact Rachel at rachelphillips@apricotcentre if you have any questions.

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Open Farm Sunday 

Sunday 9 June 2019 10am - 3pm 

On Sunday 9th June we will be one of hundreds of farms all over the country who will be opening their gates to the public for LEAF Open Farm Sunday. As the farming industry’s annual open day, it offers a fantastic chance for people to discover real farming at first hand and see for themselves how their food (and much more besides) is produced. It is also a great way for farmers to shine a light on what they deliver and why supporting British farming matters.

At the Apricot Centre we will be offering a wide range of activities that include wellbeing and farm tours, pop up workshops in Biodynamics and Permaculture, rainbow walks, clay trolls, visit our cows and chickens and buy our farm produce. You will also be able to refreshements with all the money raised going to our wellbeing fund offering free workshop spaces to children in need at the farm.  There will be the chance to chat with the farmers, horticulturalist and therapists who use the 34 acre farm site. 

So pop on your wellies and your sun hat and head over to us at Huxhams Cross Farm , Rattery Lane, Dartington TQ9 6AA.   Entry is free, car parking is for disabled access only please park at Dartington and walk up following the signs, opening times 10am - 3pm.

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Open Farm Sunday 

Sunday 10th June 2018 10am - 4pm 

On Sunday 10th June we will be one of hundreds of farms all over the country who will be opening their gates to the public for LEAF Open Farm Sunday. As the farming industry’s annual open day, it offers a fantastic chance for people to discover real farming at first hand and see for themselves how their food (and much more besides) is produced. It is also a great way for farmers to shine a light on what they deliver and why supporting British farming matters.

At the Apricot Centre we will be offering a wide range of activities that include wellbeing and farm tours, rainbow walks, clay trolls and farm produce cooking for the children in our farm club area. You will be able to visit our cows Daffodil and Damson as well as our chickens.   There will be the chance to chat with the farmers, horticulturalist and therapists who use the 34 acre farm site.  There will also be a range of produce for sale, cakes to eat and the chance to buy shares of the farm.  So pop on your wellies and your sun hat and head over to us at Huxhams Cross Farm , Rattery Lane, Dartington TQ9 6AA.   Entry is free, car parking is limited, opening times 10am - 4pm.

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The Flow Partnership @ Huxhams Cross Farm Water Festival

Thursday 21st June 

Getting to Know Water; A Whole Farm Approach.

The Flow Partnership is a UK based NGO, working with partners to rejuvenate landscapes and counter the increasing threat of floods, droughts, soil erosion, habitat loss at their source. They provide a crucial link between communities, government, business, scientists and landowners, empowering local communities to implement simple, low-cost landscape measures as part of an informed, holistic, catchment-based strategy.  We are delighted to work in collaberation with them as part of the Water Festival on Thursday 21st June 

We will be running an event for 50 people called Getting to Know Water; A Whole Farm Approach.

When thinking of the farm as a closed loop ecological system, as we do in both a biodynamic and permaculture farm  system that is found at Huxhams Cross, farm Dartington,  water plays a vital role not only for health of the farm crops, the social side of the farm and the for the biodiversity, and also the impact of the farm on the community around it. Marina and Simon will lead a discussion  around the design of water systems on the farm for these purposes and then facilitate an interactive exercise on the observation of water phenomenon.  Having completed this exercise Marina and Simon will lead a  walk to the farm and see the Apricot Centre's work in progress. This includes rainwater harvesting, irrigation, wet flowering  meadows, seasonal springs, streams and areas of flooding. 

Simon Charter BSc, MEd, has followed a path through materials science, farming, reedbed sewage  systems , artistic work ,water sculpture and  landscapes to become interested in the morphology and geometry of natural form and water flow. He is inspired by Henri Bortoft, Theodor Schwenk, and Lawrence Edwards among others and works with the research methodology of Goethe and Steiner. Simon has worked with the Apricot Centre to design the water system on the farm. 

 

Marina O'Connell BSc Hort, MEnv, Is director of the Apricot Centre Huxhams Cross farm, Dartington, she is a horticulturist with 30 years of experience in sustainable food production and permaculture design. She has designed and runs the new Biodynamic farm on the edge of the Dartington Hall Estate.