Brookside Farm, Gaydon Road, Southam, CV47 2QZ
At Brookside Farm we are aiming to create an inspiring place for people to spend time in nature and to learn about themselves establishing inner balance and a sense of peace.
We have been running a range of volunteering events to develop the site and facilities, and this year we will have a yurt and a static caravan in addition to our existing log cabin for people to stay in while attending courses or volunteering. This year will be the first year that we are creating organic herbal products commercially in order to make the site economically sustainable.
We are also lucky to have some other local businesses located onsite including: carpenters, an artist blacksmith, bespoke audio equipment, swim-training and the Bishops Itchington Men’s shed community.
Our course schedule in 2018 is also developing rapidly and will likely cover basket weaving, living willow sculpture, body mapping, flower arranging, ceramics, forge work and the creation of a micro-AD plant.
So far we have achieved:
So far we have achieved:
- Installation of a world class Wetland Ecological Treatment System (WET) for harvesting grey, black and rainwater and converting it into a food and materials resource.
- Planting of two levels of a forest garden and woodland area as part of an agro-ecology landscape for longer term education and therapeutic horticulture.
- Establishment of a regular and thriving local community of people every week to learn craft and personal growth techniques.
- Cross fertilization of ideas and projects with an international eco network of partners in Italy, India, Austria, sharing ideas and best practice in agro-ecology – The Living Valley
- Incubation of a small scale circular economy process using work units onsite, including wood-working using raw materials generated on site.
- Inspiring a growing community of volunteers and specialists from across the world - Canada, Italy, USA, Finland, Norway and more - who are dedicated to building the facilities at Brookside Farm.
However, it is very much a work in progress and the PDC offers a real opportunity for attendees to consider every possible aspect of the site development. From the use of animals to aquaculture, from developing the forest garden and guilds to the welcome facilities of the site, from the use of water around the site to the design of an off-grid Herb processing barn.
We’re confident that with the help of Aranya (PDC lead), Jay Abrahams (WET systems) and Les Moore (Socio-cratic governance) we will have a truly inspirational fortnight on the PDC course so please sign up below.
For those who are especially interested, Brookside Farm offers an extra emphasis on small-scale low tech systems such as waste-water treatment, aquaponics, anaerobic digestion plus commercial herb production (for medicines and teas).
Leamington Spa is the closest railway station with a good service from London (out of London Marylebone) and Birmingham.
Cross country trains also stop at Leamington Spa on their way between Bournemouth and Birmingham.
Buses from London and major airports come to Warwick Parkway station.
We can collect course attendees from either Leamington Spa railway station or Warwick Parkway bus station.
Exit the M40 at Junction 12 (Gaydon). Turn right off the slip road on the B4451 in the direction of Southam. Travel 1.35miles and Brookside Farm is on your right hand side on a bend to the left. There is a tall poplar tree by the gate. (If you pass the tyre shop you have gone too far)