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An organic fruit and nut nursery in Henri’s Field

We caught up this week with botanist Richard Lewis who has stepped in to help our Head Gardener Colum Pawson and the Growing team get an exciting project off the ground again. The Mother Tree is a fruit and nut nursery here in Henri’s Field, with a great range of trees, including many local varieties, which are now available to buy. It is a partnership between the College and Richard, bringing lots of new trees into the world completely free from chemical fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides, as part of our broader programme of sustainable food systems, agroforestry and horticulture.

The project directly supports the education of students and interns here at Schumacher College, offering work experience in the nursery, while 50% of the profits raised from tree sales are invested back into sustainable food growing at Schumacher College. This helps us teach a new generation of growers, farmers and gardeners, essential for an ecologically sustainable future.

Head to the Mother Tree website for more information and to see the full list of trees and plants currently available, and you can also drop by on Thursdays between 2 and 5 pm to meet the team and see the project for yourself.

You may also be interested to hear that, as well as working on our horticulture programmes, Colum and the team have been developing an exciting new undergraduate course, which we plan to start in September 2021, our BSc in Sustainable Food and Farming. We are not yet open for applications, but you can register your interest and find out more about the degree course here.

As it happens, Richard has recently taught a session on another new degree at the Dartington Arts School, the Poetics of Imagination MA course, taking students out to explore their writing in connection with nature and the outdoors.