New Regenerative Food & Farming Qualification Launched

New Regenerative Food & Farming Qualification Launched


Crossfields Institute and Apricot Centre are delighted to announce the launch of

CFI Level 3 Diploma in Regenerative Land Based Systems: Food and Farming

This qualification is open for registrations from January 2023.

This qualification is designed for people who want a practical, work-based approach to learning about regenerative land systems. Upon completion of this qualification learners will be able to work in Regenerative Food Production, Farming or small-scale food production, forestry or other land based businesses. Learners may also choose to complete further study at Level 4 in Regenerative Land Systems.

This Crossfields Institute qualification was created in collaboration with Apricot Centre in order to:

  • Prepare learners to progress to a qualification at a higher level such as a Level 4 Regenerative Food Systems; Foundation Degree in Agriculture and Rural Studies; Degrees in Agricultural Technology, Agriculture and Food or Rural Business Management
  • Prepare learners to progress to a qualification in another subject area
  • Prepare learners for employment in regenerative farming or small holding settings
  • Prepare learners to work in post-harvest roles such as food processing in regenerative food products
  • Prepare learners to work in community supported agriculture or the circular food economy.
  • Support learners’ role working in regenerative land based systems
  • Provide learners with opportunities for personal growth and engagement in learning


This brand new year long traineeship is currently being offered by the Apricot Centre CIC. The Traineeship runs from January 3rd 2022 – December 2022 for 5 days a week ( 3 days in placement and 2 days in training).

The programme offers an authentic opportunity on a working farm or woodland, or with a food producer and upon completion gives learners an accredited Level 3 qualification. Development for the qualification was generously funded by Devon Environmental Foundation, Vivobarefoot ‘Livebarefoot Fund’ and Devon County Council.

Designed for people 18+, the Apricot Centre welcome applications from all diverse backgrounds and life experiences. Due to popular demand, the 2022 programme is now full, however the Apricot Centre are taking applications for it’s programme next year. For more information, see:

What learners have had to say:

“This well-designed course provides a fantastic opportunity to develop, or start-out, in the regenerative agriculture sector. The course lecturers and students help to support a healthy learning environment where we can take advantage of farm visits, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. The course provides networking opportunities and actively celebrates the successes of regenerative farms, allowing the students the opportunity to benefit from decades of experience whilst encouraging enterprise.”– Ben T

“This course has already proceeded all my expectations from the vast subjects covered to lessons being inclusive to all learning types with hands on practicals and peer learning opportunities! I am excited for what is to come and school is now the highlight of my week for the first time in my life.”– Maddie

“After nearly 20 years in environmental consulting, this course is a breath of fresh air and a major stepping stone in enabling me to change my career. It’s in-depth, hands on and interactive making going back to ‘school’ a great deal of fun and providing the skills and knowledge to regenerate the land and therefore benefit our environment. I would highly recommend this anyone remotely interested in farming and climate change” – Roz


Crossfields Institute is a Gloucestershire based education charity, approved by Ofqual (the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations in England) as an awarding organisation. The Institute specialises in the development of specialist qualifications for providers with a particular vision or ethos.

The Apricot Centre aims to create and run a sustainable diverse farm, wellbeing service and business. It recognises that there is a fundamental link between the wellbeing of the soil, food and habitat, and the mental and physical health of the people in and around the farm, making for a wonderful environment for a warm and effective mental health/wellbeing service for children and families. The Apricot centre is a CIC (not for Profit) founded in 2006 and aims to be financially self-sufficient.