Creating a food growing space at home and in your community

Ref: C2524720

If you've always wanted to grow your own food, but don't know where to start, then this course is the perfect introduction! Working in a shared space, we'll look at seed sowing and transplanting, creating a bed for growing and how to care and maintain your food plants before harvest. The skills and knowledge you gain are yours to take and apply at home if you wish, or you may prefer to stay and help develop a new community garden. This course is based around 'no dig' and Permaculture principles; all growing will be organically based.

Course aim

Learners will gain basic food growing skills that will enable them to create, maintain and harvest a growing bed either at home or at a community or shared site.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Sow seeds and transplant seedlings
  • Create a growing bed
  • Look after food plants, protecting them from pests and diseases
  • Harvest plants for food
  • Understand what is meant by 'no dig', Permaculture and organic

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • Please dress appropriately for outdoor work, including strong footwear, warm and waterproof clothing and ensure your arms and legs are covered to prevent injury.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Creating a food growing space at home and in your community


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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