We believe that our current food systems are under threat. They are intrinsically complex, from the time the food leaves the primary producer and before it reaches the consumer it can have travelled huge distances, been handled multiple times, and been through umpteen different processes. Usually all these work together and there is supply. However, the complicated way it hangs together makes the supply of food vulnerable to sudden shocks such as natural disasters and pest outbreaks, to long-term effects of economic and political crises, climate change, and resource degradation.
We believe food must be grown with minimum impact on the environment, in sufficient and adequate quantities, and accessible to all. For this people need to grow their own food, or at least have access to food that is grown locally, is nutritious, and of good quality. Our aim is to grow this food for our customers and also to teach them how to grow it themselves.
To achieve this we are developing a series of courses, workshops, and education days. Once they have been trialled we will post them here.
The programme is flexible and free. You come to work with us on the farm as often as you like and in return we provide you with sufficient skills, practice with different tools, and understanding of techniques to grow your own food. If you want we can also help you set up your own market garden enterprise – see Permagrow for more details.
Under development are:
Introduction to Permaculture – a one day workshop covering
- Philosophy and ethics behind permaculture
- The 12 design Principles
- Zones and habitats
- Exploring soil
- Sector analysis
- Applying permaculture principles to horticulture – use of species, companion planting, repelling pests, stacking and nurse cropping, biodiversity,…..
- Water greywater and how to use effectively in the landscape
- Hot composting
- Worm farm
Becoming certified organic
- Why become certified
- How to complete your PROPERTY MANAGEMENT PLAN
- The basic information about you and your property
- Property history, your overall vision and your year-on-year management practices
- Describing the activities of the current year
- How to handle the audit
- Post audit activities