Alice Astor

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"Alice Astor is an organic farmer who has devoted much of her life to bringing up her four children on her organic farm and, as a trustee, supporting the two democratic schools, Sands School , Ashburton and Park School ,Dartington, that her children attended. These two democratic schools were started in Devon after the closure of Dartington Hall School, which she had attended. She is trustee/co-founder of the Phoenix Education Trust, which was founded in 2000 in order to support and promote democratic education in as many schools as possible, and she is also a trustee of the Virginia House Settlement, Plymouth, the Sharpham Charitable Trust; and the Meadowbrook Trust. As the daughter of David Astor, Alice was originally involved in farming on his organic farm in Dorset. The farm was sold in 1981 and the farming enterprise moved to Elm Farm, Newbury starting what has become The Organic Research Centre, Elm Farm."[1]

She is married to Lawrence Woodward.

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  1. Organic Research Centre Charity, organizational web page, accessed April 13, 2012.