Capital Growth


Capital Growth food growing training

The training programme provides a range of short and full day courses covering everything you need to know to set up and maintain your food growing space in an urban setting.  Read on for upcoming sessions or find out more about specific areas of training from the list below. 

 

September 2014 - March 2015

All sessions at The Regent's Park Allotment Garden, NW1 4NR unless otherwise stated. All bookings are made through Eventbrite- link at the bottom of the page unless otherwise stated.

 

Pop Up Pickle
Monday 15th September, 5-8:30pm @ The Table Café SE1 0HX
Trainer: Shaun Alpine-Crabtree
Shaun Alpine Crabtree of The Table Cafe will lead us through an evening of pickling. Recipes will include chutneys, jams, pesto and preserving in vinegar. As well as the dos and don'ts of health and safety in the kitchen when preparing preserves for sale.

 

Farm Visit
Wednesday 17th September, 9am-5pm @ Tolhurst Organic Farm RG8 7RB
Trainer: Paul Bradbury
Iain Tolhurst, along with his business partner Lin, have held the organic symbol for over 30 years, thus making Tolhurst Organic one of the longest running organic vegetable farms in England. This is a great opportunity for London growers to see and hear about Organic growing outside of the city.

We will provide transport for this event. Bus will leave from Shepherds Bush, London at 9.30am and drop at the farm for a full tour and lunch. We will return to London Shepherds Bush at 18.30.

 

Make garden goodies to sell
Saturday 4th October, 10:30am-1pm @ The Regent’s Park NW1 4NR
Trainer: Ida Fabrizio, Julie Riehl
If you are looking for new ways to use your garden fruits and veg, this course is for you! We will explore a wide range of food products to make from teas and seed packets to balms, scented oils and beauty products made with herbs.

 

Urban Food Growing for beginners
Saturday 11th October, time TBC @ The Garden Museum SE1 7LB
Trainer: Paul Richens, Julie Riehl   
If you want to start growing food but don't know where to start, this course is for you! From understanding your space to what can be grown and growing techniques, we'll go through all the essential steps to start a successful organic food growing space. And if you are to start saving good seeds, you need to grow good plants first!

 

Soil, composting and wormeries
Sunday 12th October, time TBC @ The Garden Museum SE1 7LB
Trainer: Paul Richens

One of the best organic growing precept is “don’t feed the plant, feed the soil”. During this session we will learn how to care for your soil to produce good crops, which natural soil improvers can be used and how to produce your own compost.

 

Permaculture design taster
Saturday 1st November, 10:30am-1pm @ The Regent’s Park NW1 4NR
Trainer: Stefan Geyer

Get a taster of the permaculture concept and how to apply it to your garden. From the origin of permaculture to the herb spiral, we will give you an overview of permaculture and its use in the garden

 

Growing unusual vegetable in schools
Friday 14th November, 10:30am-1pm @ The Regent’s Park NW1 4NR
Trainer: Paul Sadler

This workshop is being run by Capital Growth partner Food Growing Schools London to support schools taking part in their 'Grow Around The World' project.
The session will cover a variety of more unusual food plants; their origins, cultural and curriculum links and ways of successfully growing them in a school environment. It will also be a chance to learn more about our 'Grow Around The World' project and how this can support a food growing project in your school.

For this session only book here - all other session follow link at the bottom of the page

 

Fruit tree/ fruit bushes pruning and care
Saturday 13th December, 10:30am-1pm @ The Regent’s Park NW1 4NR
Trainer: Paul Richens

In this session we will talk about the specific care that soft fruit trees and bushes require, from general maintenance and feeding to pruning.  Everyone will have a chance to clean and sharpen secateurs then learn how to do the perfect cut. We will also wonder in the garden and look at the trailed fruit trees and the fruit bushes, with a chance for everyone to practice pruning.

 

Fruit tree/ fruit bushes pruning and care
Saturday 13th December, 2-4:30pm @ The Regent’s Park NW1 4NR
Trainer: Paul Richens

In this session we will talk about the specific care that soft fruit trees and bushes require, from general maintenance and feeding to pruning.  Everyone will have a chance to clean and sharpen secateurs then learn how to do the perfect cut. We will also wonder in the garden and look at the trailed fruit trees and the fruit bushes, with a chance for everyone to practice pruning.

 

Build your space – The Essentials
Saturday 21st February, 10:30am-1pm @ The Regent’s Park NW1 4NR
Trainer: Paul Richens

This session is back by popular demand! During this half-day workshop we will focus on the basic hand tools skills you’ll need to build simple structures for your garden safely, using reclaimed material where possible. We will be using power drills, saws, hammers etc... Our trainer Paul Richens will go through tool use, health and safety, design and creation simple  structures. You will come out with all the knowledge you need to start building your own!

 

The Life of Soil - Looking after the soil in your school garden
Friday 27th February,  10:30am-1pm @ The Regent’s Park NW1 4NR
Trainer: Paul Sadler

This workshop is being run by Capital Growth partner Food Growing Schools: London to support schools to get growing better fruits and veg.
For good vegetables you need a good soil! This session will cover how the soil works, ways to feed the soil, composting, using green manures and looking after wormeries. We will also look at the soil life cycle and other links to the curriculum.

For this session only book here - all other session follow link at the bottom of the page

 

Planning your food growing space
Saturday 7th March, 10am-3:30pm @ The Regent’s Park NW1 4NR
Trainer: Nemone Mercer

This sessions contains all you need to plan a successful growing space throughout the year including  planning on what crops to grow when, soil management, extending the growing season, working with volunteers and, maintaining an effective community project for the entire year.

 

Planning your school food growing space
Friday 13th March, 10am-3:30pm @ The Regent’s Park NW1 4NR
Trainer: Tom Moggach

This course is designed for teachers and school staff. We will consider how to create and maintain a successful food growing space and project in your school. Topics include garden design, curriculum links, crop selection and engaging pupils, parents and staff. By the end of the day, you will have drawn up a plan adapted to your particular school's needs.

 

Booking & Payment

All training is booked via Eventbrite.  The cost of the course depends on the length and location, and discounts are available for Capital Growth Members, the unwaged or anyone making multiple bookings. 

 Book your place with Eventbrite (payment using Paypal)

If you are unable to make a payment using paypal or if you would like to enquire about discounts for multiple bookings or bursaries for the unwaged email training@capitalgrowth.org