Marina O’Connell


Marina runs a 4 acres organic market garden growing fruit, flowers salads and preserves,

Her products are sold into the Growing Communities farmers market in Stoke Newington, Hackney. She is director of the Apricot Centre on the farm which delivers training in sustainability; permaculture, process work and Transition training in particular. The farm is a demonstration permaculture site. She is the mother of two fantastic daughters. 

Marina has a BSc in Horticulture (Bath), a Masters in Environment and Society (Essex), and is a qualified FE/ HE trainer. She has a Diploma in Permaculture Design and a certificate in Process Orientated Psychology. She worked for 10 years at Dartington Hall setting up the Organic Market garden near Foxhole, and then went on to be a FE and HE lecturer at Otley College in Suffolk running a wide range of courses on sustainability before setting up the Apricot Centre at her home in Manningtree, Essex.