The course is composed of seven monthly sessions, March to September, of an hour each supplemented with video, handouts and references.

The content will be adapted to the season, the weather on the day and participants' input.

All content is subject to change.

Participants should have notetaking equipment and access to the internet.  For on site sessions, appropriate clothing is recommended including boots and weatherproof outerwear.


Session 1

Planning, Soil, Sowing

Our story – why and how we started this adventure.

Planning – what, where, how, ...

Soil – dig, prepare, test



Sowing, choosing seeds

Planting, (onions, beans, potatoes)

Session 2

Review past month


Options ...

Review past month – onions, broad beans, potatoes, leaves, brassicas, beetroot; tomatoes. Goslings.


Tools, irrigation.


Coming up – Pumpkin, carrots


Marketing intro.

Session 3

Review past month


Options ...

Review past month – weeding; sow pumpkin, carrots; goslings; prep greenhouse and transplant tomatoes.

Irrigation – field and greenhouse

Tools – hoes, rakes.


Making cheese – intro and tips.


Session 4

Review past month


Options ...

Review past month - crop progression, heavy weeding, irrigation, pigeon problem, broad bean problem, tomato problem, sow french beans. Chicken/goose egg combined incubation, development, feeding. Finishing new hives and supering the established bee hive.

Making hay.

Irrigation issues - reservoir.

Tools - scare tape, hoes/spade, tractor, disc mower, flail.

Organisation - work load, self management.