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A practical course with indoor and outdoor learning, including visits to various local projects such as eco buildings, rooftop gardens, organic gardens, community orchards and growing projects.
This PDC is designed to give you the knowledge to design your growing space, grow your own food, store it over the seasons and even create a small income from growing.
The course will be weighted towards the specialism of Forest Gardening, a system which demonstrates efficiency in growing, with high production yields.
If you want to bring sustainability and food growing into your life, this is the course for you.
Topics covered include:
– Ethics and principles of Permaculture
– Design process and methodology
– Soil management and conservation
– Urban challenges and urban Permaculture
– Woodland and Agroforestry
– Real wealth, money and sustainable exchange
– Buildings, Energy conservation and renewable energy
– Personal health, nutrition and resilience
– Creating income from food production
– Food preservation
– Herbal medicines
– Practical gardening skills
Dates: Feb 9 & 16; Mar 2, 9, 16 & 23; Apr 6 & 13; May 4 & 11; and June 8, 15, 22, 29
Runs 10am-4pm each day
£480 – low waged (up to £18K/yr)
£640 – mid waged (up to £25K/yr)
£800 – high waged/corporate
Limited no. of bursary places available for unwaged – please contact us
This course is certificated by the Permaculture Association UK and by LASER learning awards at Levels 1, 2 and 3 (GCSE – A-level equivalent).
A maximum of two days can be missed and still allow you to receive your certificate.
Collaborate events are opportunities for Community Action Groups (CAGs) working on similar projects or across a common theme to meet up, share and find ways of working together.
The meetings are open to members of the CAG network, as well as other associated, like-minded groups and organisations. We also moderate theme mailing lists for CAGs to communicate with each other between meetings.
As a large network spread across the county, the meetings are an important chance for CAGs to:
- Discover more about other groups’ activities and achievements
- Share knowledge and skills
- Explore opportunities for collaborative projects and funding bids
- Gain advice and support from The CAG Project staff and other members
- Network and socialise with other members
The St Nic’s local produce and craft market is back! Every Friday morning between 11am and 1pm there will be stall in the little garden at the top of Stert Street (in the church if wet) selling fresh veg, local eggs, home-baked cakes and preserves, plants, seedlings and flowers.
Go early to get the best selection!
Even more important, if you have any produce to sell, you can do so at the market provided you collect the money and any unsold items promptly at 1pm, and donate 10% of the takings to St Nicolas Church funds. To join the happy band of producers, email Gilly Osborne email@example.com.
We are very happy to support this well-established venture bringing excellent, incredibly fresh local food right into the centre of town. Please help make it a success!
Talking Shop’s Market & Cafe
We sell delicious local produce and run a great cafe every Saturday morning from 9am to midday in the Village Hall, Sandford-on-Thames.
The Saturday Market & Cafe was started as a fundraiser and as an opportunity to investigate the market, to work with and to build up a team of volunteers and to learn about running a shop of sorts.
The Market is run completely by volunteers – we have a pool of about 60 people involved and about 15 work on any Saturday morning to run the market.
The Weekly Staples -produce that you can get every week
- Fantastic fruit & veg, grown without chemicals, from Ashtrees Farm in Benson
- Great local pork from Jane and Mark Cooper
- Fresh bread and pastries from Cornfields family bakery, Wheatley
- Local jams, honey, sauces and apple juice
- Great English cheeses
- Yoghurt from Woodlands Dairy in the Cotswolds
- Butter from Netherend Farm
We have space for several additional guest pitches. We charge a £10 pitch fee, you keep your takings. We’re always excited to invite new people to join us. If you are an independent local producer, professional or not, and you are interested in selling through the market please do get in touch – email on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 01865 774661.