The farm is divided into a large number of small plots. There’s a home garden – 0.1ha; a market garden – 300 sq. m; and another 2.5ha of land in plots scattered around Shipka Village. The plan is to amalgamate nearby plots into one bigger estate, which will be planted with experimental perennial varieties for larger scale operations. Paul started on this project around 9 years ago and runs it with his wife and 2 children, and usually with a further 3-4 volunteers.
Their main activity is the polyculture study, where volunteers help record information and test how the project’s approach compares with standard methods of cultivation. There’s also a plant nursery, with plants for sale.
Not only does the family feed themselves, but there’s enough to provide for 10 families, so they also donate to food banks and supply produce to food box schemes. Finally, they run annual training courses on regenerating landscapes.