This three part course series will run from Spring to Autumn. It will be broken down into themes relating to Spring, Summer and Autumn, and will involve visits to three market gardens. The course will be held over three lots of two day long get togethers.
SPRING (May) The first two days in May will start off at Trill Farm Garden and cover some of the following topics:
rotations and crop planning for a box scheme and restaurant sales
Spring crops (including season extension)
Spring cultivation techniques and bed preparation
The second day will involve a visit to Springtail Farm where Tomas and Lally will run through what they do at their market garden in West Dorset. You will see a different approach on a smaller scale to us at Trill, and sales through different outlets.
SUMMER (July) The first of the two days in July will return to Trill Farm Garden and cover some of the following topics:
Summer polytunnel production
harvests and sales
Summer cultivation techniques and bed preparation
The second day will be a visit to Pitney Market Garden where Adi and Rita will run through the way that they run their market garden
AUTUMN (September) The course will return to Trill Farm Garden again, this time to see how things work in autumn, the change over from summer crops to autumn crops and how we go about this, and a real in depth look at soil fertility and health and the techniques that we use to improve this. The focus will be on the following topics:
Winter polytunnel production
Autumn bed preparation (main focus on tunnels)
Growing for autumn crops
The second day of the autumn course will be at Trill Farm Garden focusing on the seed production that we do here and how we integrate that into our market garden to add diversity to what we do and the crops we grow, as well as the income that the business makes.
£480 for all six days including lunch on each day.
There is a 10% discount available to Landworkers' Alliance and Organic Growers Alliance members and those living within 15 miles of the farm, please contact us with details of your LWA membership or your address to receive the discount code.
One bursary ticket (half price) will also be offered to those who cannot afford the full ticket price. To apply for this please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a little bit about yourself, what you would like to get from the course, and why you think you should be considered for the bursary.