Sturts Community Trust is an exciting venture bringing together a range of social initiatives built around a vision of promoting sustainability. We are a registered charity and also a registered housing association. Our care services are regulated by the Care Quality Commission.
We have our base on Sturts Farm, a 90 acre working organic biodynamic farm on the outskirts of West Moors. We have a number of housing projects on the site and also in the local community. We opened Twin Oaks in April 2021, as an additional new-build scheme and we have plans to extend our housing provision. As a Camphill Community, Sturts Farm has, for well over 30 years, been offering land-based work opportunities, individualised support and supported living for adults who have a learning disability. With the founding of the Sturts Community Trust we are building on this rich history by opening up our resources and expertise in social work, social housing and agriculture to benefit a wider range of individuals within our local community in East Dorset.
Our vision is to promote opportunities in land-based activities, including on our farm, in our homes, in our garden; opportunities for lifelong learning based around the themes of sustainability, food and the arts; to offer opportunities to benefit from accommodation; and to offer individuals with a learning disability the level of individualised support they need.
Sturts Community Trust aims to be a vibrant and valued resource within our local community by offering access to a local farm and to local food and through this to build relationships through working and learning together. We hope you enjoy finding out more about us.
Over forty years ago, we began working on our farmland in a sustainable way and use biodynamic farming methods. We also offer land-based working opportunities on our farm for adults with learning difficulties here in East Dorset.
We’ve been farming Biodynamically for over 40 years, with a simple passion for real food. We wanted food from our farm to your fork which is why we opened Gullivers Farm, Shop & Kitchen in October 2015, to put good food on your table.
We have been lucky enough to win several awards with one of our latest being voted The Best Independent Retailer of the year in The Dorset Food, Drink & Farming Awards in 2019, something that makes us extremely proud.