Learn about urban food growing and running community gardens at our training sessions which cover a number of themes from climate resilience to growing for nature. 

Covid-19 update: Until further notice our sessions will be run online. See below for information. Read our advice on Coronavirus and community growing.

Upcoming training

We have moved our training programme online for now. We're running a mixture of short and longer workshops. Recordings of some of our sessions are also available to our members on the Capital Growth member's dashboard.

Find all of our sessions on Eventbrite

Short sessions

These free 45 minutes are run via Zoom and booking is required. If you can, a suggested £5 donation would be gratefully received towards the trainers' time and expertise. 

Fermenting for Beginners with Rodrigo Chenkel from Organiclea
Wed 1 July

10 Easy Crops for Beginners with Paul Richens
Wed 8 July


These longer sessions have a small charge (£5-10) to cover the cost of the trainers' time. Bursaries are available if you're on a low income or unwaged. For enquiries about bursaries or group discounts, bespoke training or site visits contact 

Big Yield, Small Space - make the most of your garden with Sophie Verhaegen from Growing Communities
Wed 15 July

Foraging for Medicinal Plants with Rasheeqa Ahmad from Mobile Apothecary 
Wed 22 July 18:00-19:30

Growing Alternative Crops for a Changing Climate with Helena Dove from the Kitchen Garden at Kew Gardens
Wed 5 August 18:00-19:30

Vegan DIY Food Fermentation with Sean Roy Parker
Wed 12 August 18:00-19:30

Introduction to Medicinal Plants with Elena Trivelli from Capital Growth
Wed 19 August 18:00-19:30 

Previous sessions 

We are planning to make these available to our members shortly.


Introduction to Permaculture with Susannah Hall from Permablitz London - Wed 3 June 18.00-19.30

What’s happening in Your Garden? with Capital Growth's Elena Trivelli and Janelle Conn - Wed 10 June 18.00-18.45An Introduction to medicinal plants with Elena Trivelli from Capital Growth
Tue 23 June

Build and Care for Your Wormery: Recycle Kitchen Waste and Feed Your Garden  with Elena Trivelli from Capital Growth - Wed 17 June 18:00-18:45 


Introduction to companion planting for pest management with Julie Smith from Sow and Grow- Wed 6 May 18:00-18.45 

Grow your own herbal tea with Nat Mady from Hackney Herbal - Wed 13 May 18.00-18.45

Organic growing for beginners with Elena Trivelli from Capital Growth - Wed 20 May 18.00-19.30

The organic gardener's guide to pest management with Julie Smith from Sow and Grow - Wed 27 May 18.00-19.30


Build and Care for Your Wormery: Recycle Kitchen Waste and Feed Your Garden with Elena Trivelli from Regent's Park Allotment Garden - Wed 22 April 18:00-18.45  

Grow Your Own Shopping with Kate Poland from Union of Hackney Gardens - Wed 29 April 18.00-18.45

Postponed training

Here are some of the training sessions we had planned for June and beyond.  We are hoping these may run, and are looking to reschedule those missed in April and May. 

  • Climate resilience: Sustainability and growing for the future
  • Grow for nature: Improving biodiversity, habitat creation and growing organically
  • Growing Connections: Growing for health, wellbeing and community
  • Growing Culture: Focus on London's food growing heritage
  • Growing enterprise: Focus on enterprising ideas and selling produce
  • Get children growing: Engage children and young people outdoors

Downloadable training poster March-June 2020




Booking & Payment

Workshops usually start at £15 for Capital Growth member gardens (member rates apply to all Capital Growth members, staff and volunteers) and London Food Link Supporters. Advance booking via Eventbrite is essential. If you're not already a member, why not join? It's free and easy to register with Capital Growth.

Bursaries are available for the unwaged. For enquiries about bursaries or group discounts, bespoke training or site visits contact

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Capital Growth

Capital Growth is London's Food Growing Network, with over 2000 members. Whether you are growing at home, as part of an allotment, in a community group or school you can join for free to receive benefits such as discounts, advice and monthly enewsletters.

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