Farm Trips and Seminars
The Future Growers programmes runs from roughly May to October, with six field trip weekends spaced approximately one month apart.
2018's field trips are shaping us as follows:
1-3 June – Wiltshire Host farm Purton House Organics near Swindon with a seminar on Marketing and Business Planning and visits to Kensons Organic Farm to learn about asparagus growing, Coleshill Organics and Westmill and Blacklands.
29 June - 1 July – East Sussex Details to be confirmed.
They will run from dinner at 7pm on the Friday evening until 5pm on the Sunday. Each weekend will feature a half day seminar, farm visits and talks with a range of organic experts.
Participants are expected to make their own way to the host farm, however we will facilitate car-sharing, with some lifts from Bristol. We will try where possible to arrange train station pick-ups and drop offs, however participants may have to share a taxi if this is not possible.
Travel between farms will be through car sharing with shared petrol costs. We will advise in advance of each trip how much that is likely to be.
Costs include all meals, camping and farm visits.
All meals will be organic as far as possible. We can cater for most dietary requirements as long as we are informed in advance.
Each field trip will include a half-day seminar and a variety of topics covered during farms walks and talks. Read tutor bios. The Future Growers seminars and visits are intended to provide an overview of the subject and a starting point for understanding of the topic.
These are some the topics we will cover:
• A healthy soil
• Pests and disease
• Fertility building and rotations
• Harvesting and storage
• Marketing and business planning
• Top fruit
• Protected cropping
We select expert practitioners and leaders in their field to deliver seminars and farms walk. It is not expected that the speakers will cover everything. More, it is an opportunity for growers to hear a personal take on the subject, learning from the experiences of an organic practitioner who can illustrate the subject with real life examples.
Throughout the programme tutors and farmers will help to identify areas of further study and signpost Future Growers to other farms, experts, events, reports, websites and more.