with Bob Mehew
Time: Sun 12th, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Permaculture Hub
How do you make great food work? The aim of the talk is to inspire and give practical information and advice for those who want to make a living from permaculture and small scale farming. How do you turn a permaculture project into a commercially viable and ongoing operation that supports several livelihoods? It is of course by sheer hard work, but.not just on the land: visioning, business planning, networking, relationships, funding, marketing, creative approaches to financing, seizing unexpected opportunities, diversification and community building take as much time if not more as growing a crop. In telling the story of Huxhams Cross Farm, Bob will touch on all of these
Huxhams Cross Farm grows seasonal fruit and vegetables, produces eggs from a flock of 150 chickens and hosts a therapeutic wellbeing service ranging form farm club activities for kids to mentoring children struggling with mainstream service provision. It supports a farm and a wellbeing director, farm manager, young person and education coordinator, therapists, full-time grower, horticultural support workers, seasonal workers, financial administrator, apprentice and a delivery driver. Hint: the farm manager is on the harvest team and boxes eggs and the farm director picks and packs fruit and is up at 5.30 every Friday to run the market stall!
Bob Mehew is a permaculture teacher and Farm Manager at The Apricot Centre and works at Huxhams Cross Farm in Devon, which grows fruit and vegetables, keeps chickens for eggs and cows, and encourages community involvement in the farm. The farm is an integrated mix of permaculture design, biodynamic methods and agroforestry