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Healing through Community
ESK VALLEY CAMPHILL COMMUNITY GARDEN PROJECT
The vision is to create a model close to that of Community Supported Agriculture which consists of a partnership between growers and consumers where the risks and awareness are equally shared. People from the locality will be invited join it as well as those who live further afield and who all believe in the idea behind it. We see tremendous value in having an open space for Camphill Co-workers, learning disabled adults, volunteers from the locality as well as from further away and abroad. We strongly believe in Biodynamics as a way to live with the Land. We are looking to develop associative partnerships with the Seed Cooperative, (a new independent BD project), and the Health Shop in Danby.
– to create awareness about the connections between humans and food and the way in which we can grow healthy crops
– to produce food biodynamically
– to provide the EVCC houses with our produce
– to supply the Danby Health shop with vegetables and eggs
– to offer meaningful work for volunteers and the learning disabled
– to offer a variety of different jobs in order to meet the complex needs of some of our residents
– to create a community hub where people work together guided also by passions for food, plants, animals
– to create an educational hub through the work of the land and a closer connection with nature
– to provide biodynamic training
Market Garden and Seeds
We aim to grow into a space of about 3 acres including the orchard plots and also the soft fruit bushes. Alongside and combined with the vegetable production we plan to collaborate with the Seed-Coop, the UK community-owned seed company committed to breeding open pollinated seeds, growing some of the crops also for seeds. This kind of production would also give some indoor work with packaging and sorting seeds for the winter time and when the weather doesn’t allow outdoor work. This is of particular importance in a Community in which people with complex needs are involved. We shall grow about 30 different kinds of crops plus fruits such pears, apples, plums, currants, berries, nuts.
In order to provide a more complete variety of food to the community we plan to work with about 80 laying hens. Introducing animals in the farm organism is also another way to vary the jobs for different groups of people on top of providing fertility through their manure. The hens will also constitute a valuable management tool for the soil, working with rotations and moving them around the land according to the needs of the ground.
The combination of plants and animals will already start to give a sense of a more self-sustainable farm organism.