Fri, 04 Mar|
Grow Your Own Food: Garden Design & Cultivation
Join us for a year long course, spread across four seasonal modules, and make 2022 the year you learn to grow your own food!
Time & Location
04 Mar 2022, 09:00
FarmED, Station Rd, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Chipping Norton OX7 6BJ, UK
About the Event
Would you like to gain the skills, confidence and community to grow your own food in an ecological way which increases your personal health, happiness and saves you money?
If so, then join us on a year long adventure in home-scale food production.
Spread across four seasonal modules (March 4th-6th, April 20th-22nd, June 8th-10th and September 15-17th), this course will enable you to:
- Grow a variety of vegetables agroecologically and gain the skills and confidence to take them from seed to supper.
- Design edible growing spaces, that are low-cost and easy to maintain within an allotment, home or community garden.
- Develop awareness of garden wildlife and how you can support the growth and diversity of your local wildlife web.
- Learn about compost, healthy soil and how this translates to your personal health.
- Be part of an active peer group to exchange knowledge, skills and seeds in the years to come.
- Join a growing movement of home growers taking an active role in food system change!
During the program we will draw upon many different approaches to food growing and will borrow various techniques, insights and wisdoms from traditional farming practices to more recent approaches such as permaculture, organic growing, regenerative farming, no-dig gardening and much more. We'll also hear from professional growers and visit some local inspiring food gardens. By the end of the course you'll have the confidence to design, maintain and enjoy an edible garden that suits your lifestyle and goals.
Edible Experimentation - creating our own classroom
Central to your learning journey will be an edible teaching garden at FarmED. To encourage experiments and to practise what we are collectively learning together we will transform a small patch of empty land at FarmED into our own edible and educational outdoor garden classroom.
Developing your garden throughout the year
In addition you'll have the opportunity to practise what you learn in your own gardens throughout the year, supported by your peers, garden club zoom calls between modules* and 1:1 guidance with the course facilitators. There will also be plenty of time during the modules to ask about your own garden and to get feedback from your peers and facilitators.
Each module runs over three days and combines practical work in the garden, classroom sessions, group discussion, and guest speakers. In addition there will be opportunity to explore the growing spaces at FarmED and a local excursion to a nearby growing area. Throughout all of the modules expect interactive learning sessions as well as small home assignments. There is also some scope to request specific content as we'll gather everyone's key learning goals in the first module. Below is a description of some of the topics covered in each module:
Module 1: Groundwork // March 4th-6th
- Visioning your garden and setting your goals
- Edible Garden Design
- Soil Health
- Land preparation
- Crop selection & rotations
- Natural Observation
Module 2: Seeding Change // April 20th-22nd
- Plant propagation, sowing & transplants
- Perennial vegetables & an introduction to Forest Gardening
- Plant Protection
- Non-crop plants (weeds and beneficials)
Module 3: Growing with the Flow // June 8th-10th
- Garden Ecology
- Insect Friends & Foes
- Plant nutrition
- Succession planting
- Agroecological Pest & Disease Management
Module 4: Celebrating Our Harvest // September 15th-17th
- Harvest & Storage
- Seed saving and swapping
- Log mushroom cultivation
- Winter Cropping & cover crops
- Taking action beyond the garden fence
- Course Celebration!
*Zoom call webinar dates are to be confirmed shortly. Calls will be approximately 1hr long and will take place on weekday evenings between modules.
As each module runs over three days you are invited to camp at FarmED, either in your own tent or campervan for £10.00 a night. Hot showers will be provided (for early risers!) as well as breakfast. Alternatively, if you'd prefer to stay at a local hotel or B&B get in touch and we can offer recommendations.
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone with a home-garden, allotment or community growing space that wants to learn how to grow their own food agroecologically. Whether you've been growing veg for years and looking for new ideas, or you've recently got a garden or allotment and don't know where to start all are welcome! You will need a relative level of fitness and be prepared to spend time outdoors throughout the seasons!
What you'll need to bring
We'll send out more details closer to the start of the program, however you'll need to make sure you've got suitable clothes for all weather conditions, decent gardening gloves and shoes, and something to keep notes in!
Ready to grow with us? Then book your place below!
About the Facilitators
Edd Colbert has been growing his own food in different climates for many years and believes we need to take more seriously the role of edible gardens in food system change. He works as Program Coordinator at FarmED leading on the design and development of our training programs having previously worked around the world as a campaigner, researcher, food grower, and educator. He has trained in horticulture and outdoor education and holds an MSc in Agroecology.
Amy Cooper is from a family of home-growers and is at her happiest foraging for things to eat in a british garden. She enjoys layering edibles into a wild and beautiful aesthetic, something she has practiced in her own garden and in urban community projects. In 2009 she started a seed to supper education project for young families called Secret Seed Society. She believes the food system offers a lot of opportunity to regenerate our environment, the landscape, our society and our personal wellbeing.
Plus guest contributers to be announced in the new year...
Tickets include course materials, refreshments and seasonal lunches from the FarmED Kitchen.
Delivery of our mission is a collective effort and our values embrace inclusivity and diversity. We don’t want price to be a barrier to anyone visiting FarmED or attending our events. Read more about our tiered pricing policy here and apply for support through the FarmED bursary here.
More Information and Booking
For more information please email email@example.com
Your booking is safe. If we cannot run any element of the training face to face due to Covid restrictions, you will be refunded or you can switch to an alternative date.
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