Market Gardening Essentials
Comrie Croft, Braincroft, by Crieff
Tuesday 15th May, 10am-4pm
Join us for a horticultural skills day hosted by Tomnah’a Market Garden at Comrie Croft. Horticultural expert Audrey Litterick will introduce some of the key principles of sustainable crop production in a Scottish climate, including crop planning, rotations, organic pest control, soil health and fertility. The team at Tomnah’a will share their experience of no-dig cultivation methods, growing and selling flowers, setting up a CSA box scheme, and getting the most from their space with bio-intensive plantings.
This event is suitable for people who are interested in starting up a market gardening business, as well as those who already have a market garden, smallholding, or croft. There will be a good mixture of theoretical and practical sessions, with a tasty local lunch included.
Audrey Litterick from Earthcare Technical has over 20 years experience as a crop and environmental scientist. She has held senior research posts at both Aberdeen University and SAC, where she worked in sustainable and organic crop production, crop nutrition and soil management. During the past 10 years she has increasingly specialised in fertilisers, composting and the use of composts, digestates and other organic materials in agriculture, horticulture, landscaping and land restoration.
Tomnah'a is an integrated Market Garden that started in 2016, born from a shared desire to create a beautiful, bountiful place in which to work, live and share. Tomnah’a aim to consistently grow delicious, fresh and vibrant produce; providing for the local community through their seasonal vegetable box scheme, breathtaking cut flowers, eggs from woodland free-ranging hens, soft fruit and apples. By enriching and regenerating soil fertility they work in partnership with nature using wildlife-friendly growing methods to increase biodiversity and sustainable long-term productivity.
Funding for this activity is made available through the SRDP Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund (which is jointly funded by the Scottish Government and the European Union), with partner funding from Quality Meat Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland, Innovative Farmers and The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation.