Saturday, 14. December 2019, The Community Farm, Managing Your Edible Garden

from 14. December 2019 - 10:00 till 16:30

The Community Farm

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Would you like to be:* Growing more food in your garden or green space?* Growing more food in your garden or green space?* Making better use of your time in the garden?Manage your garden as a productive, low maintenance, edible garden, that is full of food, friendly to wildlife & looks course covers:* Soil, fertility & composting* Water & irrigation systems* Backyard animals * Site TourThe course is suitable for people with more gardening/design to bring: * A packed lunch/food to share* Suitable outdoor clothes & shoes* Raincoat/umbrella* Notebook, camera etcTopics/Solutions Covered on this CourseFood Production* Edible Gardens, Forest Gardens & Edible Landscapes* Edible Mushroom Growing* Edible Hedges* Fruit trees/bushes – varieties * Home Orchards & Community Orchards* Vegetable Gardens, Container Gardens, Covered Growing* Vertical growingWater Systems* Ponds & Greywater* Self-watering containers/sub-irrigated planters* Rainwater & IrrigationAnimal Systems* Backyard Chickens & Ducks* Freerange and Rotational Systems* Beneficial Insect PlantingsSoils & Fertility* No-dig* Composting Systems & Wormeries* Natural Fertilising & Feeding* Mulching & Weed Management* Biochar* Ecological LawncareConcepts Covered on this Course* Designing* Creating & augmenting micro climates* Permaculture principles* Vertical growing* Mapping & surveying* The Soil Food Web* Composting* Mulching* PruningWhat you take away from the course* Printed, full colour, 36-page A4 course handbook * Digital A4 colour handouts on: soils, mushrooms, backyard chickens etc* Digital presentations* Digital resources and linksWho is this course for?* Homeowners* Allotment holders* Gardeners* Community Groups* Building Managers* Landscape & Maintenance Gardeners* School teachers* Schools workersTestimonials'This was a very well constructed training event from an expert in the field – thanks to Niels.'Miranda Clarke 'Really enjoyed the day and meeting some great people! Niels was top, I thought his humour relating to the subject and opinions was brill. Thanks!'Tom Dorsett About the TutorNiels Corfield is a designer, educator and consultant, working to create sustainable/regenerative landscapes and farms in the UK and Europe. He is someone with a diverse skill-set who can tie together disparate projects into a coherent whole using cutting edge- and best practice systems.He is passionate about tree-based, ecological systems that are low maintenance and productive.He has extensive experience with designing, establishing and managing diverse agroforestry systems, forest gardens and ecological orchards.He is a skilled orchardist, propagator and 2007 he has been teaching certified Permaculture Design Courses, as well as a range of specialist training and education, from design through to practical skills. He has created a suite of professional education resources to carry-out multi-stakeholder/participatory design workshops (Designing for Real). He is the director of Edible Cities, a successful urban design consultancy, education and nursery business. Creating productive and ecological low maintenance edible landscapes since 2008. He counts amonst his clients: the Ecology Building Society and various councils and is currently working on a 500 home development in inner city Leeds.He runs a commercial nursery and is proficient in propagating productive, named-variety: trees, shrubs, vines and herbaceous plants. He also delivers specialist courses for designing tree nursery and plant production systems.He designs and installs rainwater harvesting and irrigation systems for growers in the UK.He has been supporting and consulting on small-medium UK farms since 2012. Implementing, designing and consulting on rotational grazing systems, agroforestry plantings and water systems, as well as whole site design. He also offers a specialist mapping service to growers and farmers to facilitate design-making and planning year he is coordinating a research trial of organic no-till cover crops across a number of sites in the UK. Establishing an empiric case for soil organic matter generation in these systems.He has been trained by Darren Doherty (RegenAg Design), Kirk Gadzia (Holistic Management), Starhawk and Penny Livingstone-Stark (Permaculture Design).

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