Marina OConnell - Educator Profile

Biography

I am a trained Horticulturist and Permaculture desginer, and have been working to produce food for the last 30 years. 

I am particularly skilled at fruit growing and soil regerneration. 

I have been training people in Permacuture for the last 10 years, and I am also a permaculutre diploma tutor.

WE designed and set up the Apricot centre at Huxhams cross farm in 2015, and it is now a trhiving market garden, with fruit vegetables, chicken tractors, small scale grain and milling, wiht a wellbeing service for young people embedded in the farm itself. The business is fincally self sustaining. It is registered Biodynamic.

In the winter months we offer training in Permacutlure design, training for the diploma, agroforestry and Biodynamic farming and growing. WE also make jam when its raining. 

I offer a design consultancy, and we are work on small holdings, large gardens, farms, estates, projects and schools in a very interactice way. We work closely as a team to create permaculture designs and business plans if necessary. 

Qualifications and skills
Qualifications: 

BSc Horticulture Bath Univeristy

Masters in Enviroenment and Society Essex Univeristy

Permaculture Diploma

Further Education trainer. 



Skills, technical expertise and areas of interest: 

I am skilled in detailed  soil regeneration, fruit planning, top fruit and soft fruit, small scale grains and processing, agroforestry and alley cropping systems. As a team we have exptise in chicken tractors, vegetable grwoing and rotations and detailed business planning. 



Areas of Permaculture Design Experience: 

My designs tend to be larger scale, large gardens, small holdings, farms, schools, estates. My speciality is in regerating soils, crops planning, fruit growing, agroforestry, alley cropping design. How to integrate this iwith Machinery, markets and sales etc.  We run the farm Biodynamically so this is another area of expertise. With Bob Mehew we can also do business planning as well. 

Teaching Information
Offering teaching in the following geographical areas: 
Devon, Suffolk
I teach at weekends.
I teach in the evenings.

Please contact me for details.