Coleg Plas Dwbl is located at the foot of the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The 100 acre biodynamic farm started as a retirement project for four remarkable women who spent their days working the land, creating structures and caring for their livestock.
The farm was passed on to Ruskin Mill Trust in 2010 and Trust staff and students have carried on the traditions. The site is located 2 miles from Mynacholg-ddu and 5 miles from Crymych, where there are local shops and cafes. Across from the entrance to the site is Gors Fawr Stone Circle, which is a historical landmark dating back to 2500 BC.
The 100 acre site includes a market garden, woodland, larch woods, and fields. Students work on the farm year round in all weathers, caring for the cows, sheep, goats and chickens, and growing and harvesting vegetables in the market garden and polytunnels. Students are involved in all aspects of the animal care, including collecting eggs from the hens, moving the animals from field to field, feeding and checking their health. Through this work, they develop a sense of empathy and develop their own self care. The work in the gardens provides opportunities to learn about growing cycles, nutrition and working with the seasons. The seasonal rhythms, reinforced through the festivals, provide a connection with time and place. The food produced on the site is used in the canteen and the residential households, as well as in a box scheme and sold in local grocery shops.