The project exists to provide a means of helping heroin and cocaine addicts in rural areas to come off drugs, stop the persistent crime needed to feed the habit and find rewarding employment.
To provide long–term facilities for individuals who will benefit from working at the site on a regular basis, and to provide a safe place, free from drugs. They will learn to work with the seasons to grow organic and biodynamic vegetables, fruit and meat which can be sold through local farmers markets, specialised grocers and box schemes.
This will be done through on site training and educational courses. They will also have the opportunity of visiting local food producers and farmers, to find out more about local food in their area.
Through the project we hope to offer a chance to these individuals, to maintain and care for them with the respect for the long–term husbandry of the land using organic and biodynamic principles and with the minimum reliance of heavy machinery, non- renewable energy or expensive technology.
To always strive to give back to the land and the local community what we take out and to work in full cooperation with our neighbours and members of the local community.
Monty Don: “ The project is to show that, by working with the land and integrating with nature and the local environment, every community can take on and include those that have fallen out of society so that, in time, they can give something back.
My goal is to have scores of sites around the country, each one will be small and low key. The very strength of the idea is that it is flexible to the specific demands of each location. ”