About Us

Kevin AustinKevin started farming milking dairy cows, which led on to completing an agricultural diploma, to working and managing dairy herds (10 years dairy farming in NZ). Throughout his life having a passion for growing vegetables and being as self sufficient as possible.

On returning to Cornwall Kevin wanted to be part of a change in the way we live on our planet and has worked for the last 15 years at the Eden Project, where he has been an important part of it’s evolution.

Kevin gained a Horticultural Diploma and spent 10 years as the Outdoor Crops Supervisor. Kevin’s currently heads Eden’s Estate’s team and is managing the acres of grounds on the pit’s perimeter, including woods and disused farmland.

Kevin is passionate about traditional land management methods and promotes the use of handheld tools where possible.

Recently, Kevin has liased with the Heritage Crafts Association and initiated several Traditional Land management workshops, helping revival of the lost crafts where man and nature worked in harmony, without reliance on the oil industry.

“If we are to change the way we live on this planet we must foster a more intimate connection to the land.”

Kevin began the project at Skyegrove with a vision to create a project, where individuals and communities can learn how to be more self-sufficient in producing their own food and manage their land in sympathy with the earths limited resources. The project is continuing to develop and evolve.

 

Janice BellJanice Bell is a local gardener, biology graduate and holistic healer who has been working at Skygrove over the last 12 months. From a childhood passion for nature and science Janice's vocational interests, training and experience have broadened to include involvement in community projects and businesses with focus on inclusivity, sustainability/resilliance and health and wellbeing.

Janice is creating spaces at Skygrove for growing and using flowers, herbaceous perennial plants, and trees for the purpose of making flower/vibrational essences, botanical tinctures and ointments useful for supporting health and wellbeing.

Skyegrove development is guided by the values and practices of Enlightened Agriculture and taking responsibility for health and wellbeing as biodynamically and locally as possible is part of this philosophy and practice. Janice plans to expand the growing to become a Community Physic Garden offering resources, courses and therapeutic horticulture. Also space and events involving plant medicine, flower essence therapy/ production, and holistic healing, health and wellbeing.

Structured courses will be available in 2018. If you are interested meanwhile in joining Janice informally in Spring/Summer 2017 for flower and other vibrational essence making, botanical tinctures/creams and fruit preserves please contact Janice on:-

Email: neptunemoon1966 (at) gmail (dot) com

Mobile: 07971 544321.