Forest Garden Growing and Cooking – Edible Ecosystems of the Future

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Date(s) - Monday 15th May 2017 - Friday 19th May 2017

Forest Garden Growing and Cooking Course

With Martin Crawford, Caroline Aitken and Tomas Remiarz with support from the Schumacher College growers and chefs

Forest gardens, or as some prefer to call them, Edible Ecosystems, are one of the most sustainable and regenerative ways of growing edible crops. They have grown in popularity in temperate climates over the past 20 years and many people are now turning to this kind of growing to meet their food requirements of the future. This course will help you both start designing a forest garden according to your needs and to look at ways to cook and use the produce you might want to grow.

Many people feel unsure or unskilled when it comes to cooking and processing unusual vegetables and fruits. This course will give you knowledge and confidence to start cooking and experimenting with more unusual crops that you may wish to include and grow in your forest garden design.

Tutors include pioneer Martin Crawford of the Agroforestry Research trust whose 20 year old forest garden is based on the Dartington Estate, Caroline Aitken of Patrick Whitfield Associates and a special guest appearance by Tomas Remiarz who has recently conducted the first comprehensive survey of temperate forest gardens. It will be supported by the College’s growers and chefs.

The course will also involve a tour of the Schumacher College Forest garden which is in its early stage of development, with a close look at how it has been designed, tours of both Martin Crawford’s established and pioneering forest garden at Dartington and his newer forest garden and greenhouse sites, an evening talk by Tomas Remiarz and hands-on cooking of some forest garden produce with Caroline Aitken in the Schumacher College kitchen.

Fee: £ 565.00

Course fees include all meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions. The programme will run from Monday to Friday afternoon, and includes four nights private accommodation and all vegetarian meals from the first lunchtime you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure.
This course is expected to be held at The Old Postern. Non-Residential fee saves £150.00 off the residential course fee price. Use code: “Non-Res-ForestGarden” at checkout to book this course as a non-resident.


Bookings can be made via the Schumacher College website:

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