Commercial Growers short courses

Commercial Growers short courses

Interested in establishing an organic food business? Our 4-day commercial growers course or one day sessions are run by experienced growers.

Each year we run a 4-day Commercial Organic Horticulture Course - offering people an amazing training opportunity to learn how to set up an organic food growing business from local growers themselves.

It's ideal for finding out about organic farming business practices and the next steps if you are thinking of setting up a growing business. Some of the areas the course covers are:  

  • Running a food growing business (including finances, legal issues, record-keeping, Health & Safety, managing volunteers) and co-operative business models.
  • Understanding and maintaining soil fertility
  • Small-scale market gardening – focusing on plant propagation and salad leaf production
  • Field-scale vegetable production, including pests and diseases and machinery maintenance

Each day focuses on a different topic of organic farming alongside two additional placement days on local farms to put it all into practice.

So if this sounds like it's for you have a look at our upcoming courses and complete an application form below. 

Unfortunately because of our Covid-19 precautions we have had to postpone our Autumn training programme. We will be making an announcement in the New Year about our Spring progamme, which we hope to run as normal.

If you are interested in joining our FarmStart program, which is a year-long course in organic growing, then we'd recommend you start with this. Or if you are thinking of becoming a commercial grower elsewhere, this is a great introduction.

Cost of the course is £200, however Kindling Trust Supporter get a 10% discount and in some years we can offer free places for those on a low income.

Informative and inspirational, we'd highly recommend it to others looking to develop their understanding of commercial growing.

Jennie Savage, participant

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Volunteer on the land

There is no better introduction to commercial veg growing than spending a day with like-minded people volunteering at our market garden in Stockport. We have regular volunteer days, both during the week and at weekends carrying out a range of crucial tasks. 

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