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Jan 8, 2014

New Course in Community Horticulture & Growing Resilience Workshops


A season of informative, grassroots education around the food system & practical food growing is taking place around the County this Spring.

Grassroots workshops

These one day workshops can be taken as part of a wider accredited course or as stand alone days. It is also possible to just participate in certain sessions.

Together we will share our experiences, learn new skills & create new knowledge in re-building our food system in Somerset & beyond.

Workshop One: Localising Food Systems

10 - 3, Street, Saturday 1st March 2014
Fruit Tree Planting, Care & Pruning • What is local food? What is Food Sovereignty? What does this mean and look like? • Introduction to community organising, communicating in groups & organising effective events

Workshop 2: Making Decisions Locally

10 - 3, Frome, Saturday 29th March 2014
Seed sowing & propagating plants • Making decisions in groups • Seed sovereignty & corporate control of seeds • Access to land

Workshop 3: Food for People

10 - 3, Bridgwater, Saturday 5th April 2014
Soil care • Food Poverty in Somerset & Injustices in our food system • Effective outreach & organising • Social diversity in our communities • How to start a Food Cooperative • Grassroots fundraising

Workshop 4: Valuing Food Providers

10 - 3, Glastonbury, Saturday 19th April 2014
Growing salads & vegetables • Scaling up food production & market gardening • Introduction to Community Supported Agriculture • Livelihoods for Growers • Starting a community garden

Workshop 5: Building Knowledge & Skills

10 - 3, Yeovil, Saturday 3rd May 2014
Growing soft fruit • Popular education • Organising skill sharing events • Sustaining healthy groups • Mentoring others

Workshop 6: Working with Nature

10 - 3, Minehead, Saturday 17th May 2014
Advanced soil care & fertility building • Introduction to ecological design • Introduction to alternative systems such as permaculture and agroecology

Accredited course

Somerset Community Food is also able to offer a maximum of 12 learners the opportunity to gain a qualification in Community Horticulture. This is financially supported & contributions towards travel costs are also available.

The course is an APT (Open College Network South West Region Limited) Level 2 Progression Award in Community Horticulture, which could become part of a longer certificate or diploma course.

The qualification will require additional work in compliment to these workshops. Participants will be encouraged to lead sessions as part of the grassroots workshops, developing their skills in popular education. There is also a strong action-learning element where learners reflect on their practice in a community food project over 5 months, starting in January.