The Apricot Team
We have a small team that we call upon to carry out projects and related activities such as catering or putting in gardens for the home, organisations or schools. We also design sustainable and edible gardens large or small scale so you too can enjoy your own food, wildlife and feel good !
The snowy winter has made for some incredible scenes and sounds at the Apricot Centre and farm in 2009/2010. Walk with us through the farm in this youtube video
- The Apricot Centre is looking at a Biodynamic Farm Project on Land at Week in Dartington Devon. The Biodynamic Land Trust are raising funds to buy the land through community shares, and if successful we begin a to fully design the site and project with the land and local community. Read more...
- Willy Lott's House Garden at Flatford has now been permaculturally designed and put in with volunteers - Full details
The pictures here show the garden pre-design, and then during the implementation of the Permaculture design.
The centre is run by Mark and Marina O'Connell
The overlap of these two seemingly unrelated occupations is where sustainable food production and wellbeing overlap. We believe that having regular and close experiences in nature give a sense of wellbeing to everyone, we do this through being here, celebrating nature within a productive system, eating lovely food from the garden, sometimes doing therapeutic work in the woodland. We practice care farming to share wellbeing with others, run courses on Ecopsychology, and generally have a great time in nature and around food.
- Mark is process oriented psychotherapist, he is a UKCP registered child psychotherapist. He works in the NHS but also runs a practice at the centre as well as occasional seminars.
- Marina is a horticulturist, biodynamic grower, a permaculture designer and trainer, she runs the farm and runs courses at the centre on permaculture, sustainable horticulture and creativity as well as many of other activities.
Our ethos is one of caring for people, caring for the earth and fairshares for all. We run the business as a not for profit. For those of you familiar with permaculture this is the ethos we have borrowed from them.
The Apricot Centre - in a nutshell
The Apricot Centre - a longer video showing the design process around the fruit farm and centre
For some reason this video of making an earth oven has had more people view than any other video.