Market Gardening - 5 Saturdays - 23rd March, 27th April, 25th May, 29th June, & 27th July
There's so much to learn from this course that we've spread it out over 5 Saturdays throughout the year!
Dates: Sat 23rd March, Sat 27th April, Sat 25th May, Sat 29th June, and Sat 27th July
As our favourite saying goes 'find a veg you enjoy growing, and you will never have to work a day in your life' (or something like that), but what if you could turn your hobby into an income? The good news is that you can, and we have just the man to help you learn how, GROW HQ Head Grower, Richard Mee.
If you want to embark on commercial organic production then join us for an intensive five-day Market Gardening course that will equip you with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the world of intensive sustainable agriculture. Whether you're a budding grower or a seasoned farmer, this comprehensive program will empower you to thrive in the market gardening realm. This course is suitable for amateur growers looking to develop commercial production and farmers looking to diversify into intensive organic production.
Sound good? Here's what you can expect to learn.
Day 1 - Saturday 23rd March: Laying the Foundation
- Planning a Cropping Programme: Learn how to strategically plan your crop production to manage labour, yield and rotational requirements
- Understanding Labour Needs: learn to manage the peaks and troughs of seasonal labour needs required for successful market gardening
- Market Exploration: Explore different market characteristics and options to find your niche
- Equipment Essentials: Understand the tools and machinery crucial for efficient farming
- Site Preparation: Learn how to prepare and develop your holding for efficient production
- Organic Certification: Weigh the pros and cons of organic certification for your venture
Day 2 - Saturday 27th April: Soil & Crop Management
- Soil Management: Delve into soil fertility and cultivation techniques to nurture healthy crops
- Plant Propagation: Learn all about seed sowing under cover and outside as Richard shares all his tips and tricks with you
- Crop Establishment: Ensure your crops thrive during their critical early stages
- Poly Tunnel Production: Harness the advantages of poly tunnels for extended growing seasons
Day 3 - Saturday 25th May: Crop Care
- Crop Management: Gain insights into maintaining and nurturing your crops for quality and quantity
- Pest and Disease Management: Master eco-friendly methods to keep your plants pest and disease-free
- Weed Control: Explore strategies for effective weed control
- Water Management: Learn to optimise water usage for healthy plant growth
Day 4 - Saturday 29th June: Harvest & Beyond
- Harvesting: Discover the best practices for harvesting your produce to ensure quality
- Marketing Strategies: Develop effective marketing techniques to sell your products
- Storage Solutions: Explore storage options to keep your harvest fresh
- Specialty Production: Dive into producing herbs, flowers, and fruits beyond traditional vegetables
Day 5 - Saturday 27th July: Livestock Production - Poultry and pigs
- Poultry and Pig Production: Explore opportunities in poultry and pig farming
- Feeding and Management: Learn how to care for your livestock for profitable production
- Sales and Marketing: Understand how to market and sell your livestock products
- Legal Requirements: Navigate the legal aspects of livestock farming
This course is your gateway to becoming a successful Market Gardener. Whether you dream of supplying local markets, restaurants, or your community, our Market Gardening Course will equip you with the essential skills and knowledge to flourish in the world of intensive organic agriculture.
On each day, you'll enjoy a delicious plot-to-plate mezze lunch overlooking the HQ Gardens (or in the garden if weather permits) and get the chance to meet and learn from fellow GIYers. There will be coffee, tea and scones on arrival each day and a seasonal cordial for an afternoon pick-me-up.
About Our Head Grower, Richard Mee:
Richard started growing at only 3 years old with his dad and since then has accumulated over 40 years of growing experience. He studied for a BSc in Horticulture at Reading University and an MSc in Organic Farming at the Scottish Agricultural College. In addition to the UK and Ireland, Richard has grown veg all over the world, including Central America and Africa.
We operate a 48-hour cancellation policy. If you cancel your booking at least 48 hours prior to event you will be refunded. Cancellations made less than 48 hours prior to the date will not be refunded.
Please advise us of any dietary requirements and allergens when booking (email: email@example.com) - we are unable to change the menu on the day.