Grow Your Own Food: Garden Design & Cultivation
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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