Join us for a 5-day FREE Commercial Horticulture Course in February/March 2013
Make the most of an amazing training opportunity to learn how to set up an organic food growing business from the growers themselves, this Spring. We have a growing market for organic local food, an amazing network of support and training straight from the field – what's stopping you?!
We are in the unusual position in Greater Manchester, of having a market for local organic produce that actually pays the cost of production, not the volatile market prices! But we need more crops, and therefore more organic commercial growers local to Greater Manchester.
To try and address this, and grow more growers to supply the likes of Manchester Veg People, Unicorn Grocery and Dig Food, we are running a unique five day course for people who are interested in starting up a market garden/veg growing business.
The course, is being organised as part of Kindling’s Greater Manchester Land Army and Big Dig projects and is being taught by the experts themselves on their farms with: Jenny Griggs of Climate Friendly Food at Fir Tree Farm, Glebelands City Growers and Moss Brook Growers.
The training will run on five consecutive Saturdays starting on the 16th February with the last date being the 16th March and will involve 2 additional placement days at local organic farms (week days if possible so you are practicing what you learn during the course)
The course will cover the key areas for setting up and running an organic food growing enterprise, including:
- Introduction to setting up a commercial veg production enterprise e.g. legal, records, H&S, working with volunteers, seed sowing schedule.
- Understanding and maintaining soil fertility (a foundation of organic veg production)
- Commercial small scale market gardening – focusing on plant propagation and salad leaf production
- Field scale veg production
- Pests and diseases.
- Machinery maintenance
- Finances and running a small business/co-operative
Anyone interested in becoming a commercial organic grower for Greater Manchester, who can commit to all the days of the course (including the two placements days – though dates for these can be negotiated), can apply for a place on the course.
We also hope to have organised access to land, in a supported environment, that you will be able to start renting to grow on as soon as you finish the course. We are really serious about getting more people into commercial scale growing, and we are looking to support people who are serious about doing it too!
This course is free (Funded through our Big Dig and Land Army projects), but a deposit of £50 will be required (which will be returned to you on completion of the course and placement days). You will also need to pay for your own transport costs to the sites (though car share can be organised between the participants).
Places on this training are limited so please get in touch now to avoid disappointment.
To book your place please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 226 2242 (in the new year)