The Apricot Centre at Huxhams Cross Farm features in the current Small Holding Magazine publication. You can read the full article in the magazine but here is a short extract. Biodynamic farmer, Marina O’Connell, tenants Huxhams Cross Farm on farmland secured by the Biodynamic Land Trust. “We have two Shetland cows, a tough breed that can stay outside all year. Their manure is left on
the fields to support insect and then bird populations. We put the cows on one of our arable fields in the wet winter months to add fertility for the wheat crop that follows, then put our chickens in after the cows to spread the cow manure around, clear up any insects and add their own fertility. Marina O’Connell has observed how the cows bring an extra quality the farm. “In biodynamic terms, they give the farm a ‘soul quality’. Those of us who regularly spend time with cows probably understand this on an intuitive level. We have found them to have great healing power with the children we work with, who like to feed Damson and Daffodil and spend time with them.” - read the full article OUT NOW
Marina has written an article in the summer edition of the Permaculture Magazine, it explores how Biodynamic Farming and Permaculture systems are both challenging and complementary to each other. An extract can be found below...
"Creating a sustainable farm that produces food, supports wildlife, is low-carbon and resiliant to climate change is not easy. In my 20 year practice I have used an array of tools and found that permaculture design and biodynamic farming are some of the best tools available especially when working on a larger scale...the two systems converge in part yet challenge each other. They also offer something new to the other."
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