Courses in the South East

Weed and pest control within the organic regime
04 April

Valerie's Veggies, Feliz Ginns Road, Stocking Pelham, Herts, SG9 0JD

With a changing climate, this can be a challenging task. This course includes theory and demonstrations of a range of techniques used by organic growers. A basic knowledge of organic methods will enh...
Growing from seeds
11 April

Valerie's Veggies, Feliz Ginns Road, Stocking Pelham, Herts, SG9 0JD

Anyone interested in growing their own veg, herbs or flowers, needs to be able to germinate seeds of different species and varying physical characteristics. This course provides an overview of common...
Home grown food despite bizarre weather
18 April

Valerie's Veggies, Feliz Ginns Road, Stocking Pelham, Herts, SG9 0JD

This course is suitable only for those with some experience of growing, in a garden, allotment, patio or balcony. It is not suitable for beginners. In many parts of the country it has become impossib...
Companion planting
25 April

Valerie's Veggies, Feliz Ginns Road, Stocking Pelham, Herts, SG9 0JD

This course is best suited to those who have at least some experience of growing in soil and/or raised beds, either for veg production or general gardening. It is a ‘stand alone’ course and you do no...
Comonwork Spring Day
25 April

Commonwork, Bore Place, Chiddingstone, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7AR

Celebrate the season! Fun, creative activities and a delicious lunch....

Spend a day at Commonwork this Spring

This is the first of our relaunched Seasonal Days which include activities for all ages so there is something for everyone. Gather friends and family for a morning activity followed by a delicious lunch prepared using produce from our own farm and gardens and supplemented by local, organic and fairly traded ingredients.

How does it work? Activities are booked on a first come, first served basis. You choose your session, download and complete a booking form here (word docx) and return it with your payment.

Arrive at 10.30am for tea/coffee with the activity sessions running from 11am-1pm and then lunch from 1-2pm.

Here's what's on offer:

  • Family crafts: age 2 - adult  A carousel of crafty activities the whole family can enjoy together! Includes sewing cards, dream catchers, pom-pom birds, paper daffodils, spoon bugs and painted strawberry stones. 
  • All kinds of pancakes: age 4 - adult  Simple cooking that little ones can get stuck in (with a little help from mum or dad!). Make fluffy American pancakes, French crepes and Indian chapattis.
  • Make do and mend: age 8 - adult  Learn to make a pretty hexagonal flower patch using the traditional ‘English paper piecing’ technique. The patch can be used to cover a ripped knee on your favourite jeans or just to decorate them!
  • Pond dipping and minibeast crafting: age 5 - adult  Find out about the creatures living in our ponds by having a really close look at them – then create your own minibeast to take home.
  • Spring cleaning: age 8 - adult   Make your own naturally scented organic soap and a decorative package for it, just perfect for a spring cleaning treat!
  • Seasonal cooking: age 8 - adult  Make some delicious seasonal treats to eat straight away or take home.

How much does it cost, and what’s included? £18 adult £9 child (up to 18yrs) Everything’s included – your refreshments when you arrive, your activity materials and your scrummy lunch!

- See more at: http://www.commonwork.org/courses-and-events/commonwork-spring-day#sthash.XYefuHG9.dpuf

Celebrate the season! Fun, creative activities and a delicious lunch.... Spend a day at Commonwork this Spring This is the first of our relaunched Seasonal Days which include activities for all ages ...
Bread making
29 April

Waltham Place Farm, Church Hill, White Waltham, Berks SL6 3JH

A one day course to introduce you to the traditional art of Bread Making. Waltham Place Chef, Adrian, explains the basics of bread making and will teach you how to make a variety of breads including ...
Introduction to organic growing
09 May

Valerie's Veggies, Feliz Ginns Road, Stocking Pelham, Herts, SG9 0JD

Suitable for those starting to grow veg, fruit or garden plants in a garden, allotment, or on a patio or balcony. Provides an overview of organic practices, with emphasis on how these differ from non...
Creating fertile soil - the organic way
16 May

Valerie's Veggies, Feliz Ginns Road, Stocking Pelham, Herts, SG9 0JD

A fertile and healthy soil is the priority for organic growers. This course covers the basic techniques for achieving this and compares organic with non-organic methods. Also provides the basic knowl...
Home grown organic food 52 weeks of the year
30 May

Valerie's Veggies, Feliz Ginns Road, Stocking Pelham, Herts, SG9 0JD

This is an intensive course, suitable only for those with experience of growing. Covers in detail, the practical work and facilities needed for achieving a year-round supply of home grown food. £70 f...
Companion planting
06 June

Valerie's Veggies, Feliz Ginns Road, Stocking Pelham, Herts, SG9 0JD

This course is best suited to those who have at least some experience of growing in soil and/or raised beds, either for veg production or general gardening. It is a ‘stand alone’ course and you do no...
Backyard chickens course
06 June

Commonwork, Bore Place, Chiddingstone, Nr Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7AR

As seen in BBC Good Food Magazine! Join John Shepherd, smallholder and Commonwork Tutor to find out what it takes to keep chickens, including food, housing and health. Read what BBC Good Food Magazin...
Macro photography
26 June

Waltham Place Farm, Church Hill, White Waltham, Berks SL6 3JH

Explore the grounds of Waltham Place Organic farm with gardener, Ron Pilcher, as he introduces you to the fascinating world of macro photography and the myriad of invertebrates that live in the garde...
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