Workshops

Sally runs several workshops at Empire Farm. The workshops will start again in 2022. The cost of the courses is £95

Living on one acre or less

This workshop is based on the one acre plot. During the day Sally will discuss planning your plot, constructing polytunnels and fruit cages, soil and fertility, crop rotations, perennial vegetables, orchards and forest gardens,  as well as the livestock that are suitable for small spaces (poultry, pigs, goats, fish and bees).  There is also a session on equipment and fencing. You will be able to see trials of the more unusual such as butterbean, lentils and chick peas.  It’s an information-packed day that will inspire you to maximise the productivity of your own plot and  suit people with a large back garden, the corner of a field or a few acres, as the basics are applicable to plots of all sizes. Sally will also take a look at issues such as climate change and how this may affect the way we manage our plots, especially in face of extreme weather.

The workshop takes place several times during the year, and the content of the day varies slightly with with the seasons. In early  spring you will see the plots ready for planting up and the focus will be on the crops that can be grown, rotations etc.  The hot bed will be in action. By late spring the first crops will be in the ground, there will be lots of seed trays in the polytunnel and the weaners will have arrived and there may be quail and ducklings.  By summer the beds are full of crops and the polytunnel has plenty ofsummer salad crops.  By autumn, the beds will have been cleared away, green manures established and the pigs will be approaching slaughter weight. Its a good time to think about projects for the year ahead and order seeds and tubers.

Grow your own vegetables

This is a new workshop aimed at gardeners who are venturing into growing their own produce for the first time. Sally will cover a range of topics from soil, no dig methods, setting up new vegetable beds, composting,  rotations, planning a succession of crops,  perennial vegetables, pests and disease and coping with extremes of weather. During the day Sally will take the group around her walled garden with a small orchard, her larger growing area and polytunnel and tour the organic allotments on the farm.

Next date will be spring 2022