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A big part of what we look to do at Rosewood Acres is the inform, inspire, and educate people about the importance of great food that nourishes you and excites your taste buds! We have been growing feeding many happy folks for a few years, now we'd like to share our knowledge with you.

We are looking to run a range of workshops on all aspects of food production in a regenerative way.

Workshops on offer for 2022: 

  • No dig gardening
  • Composting - basic, intermediate, worms
  • Hügelkultur
  • Food preservation & fermentation
  • Cider making festival
  • Animal husbandry for smallholders
  • Practical farm skills for smallholders

If you think you may be interested please fill in our questionnaire here 

If you have group booking of more than 3 people for one of the below, please get in contact to info@rosewoodacres.farm and we may be able to arrange something for you. 

Further details and timings to be confirmed.

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WORKSHOP DETAILS

VEGETABLE & SALAD GROWING


No-Dig veg growing

You will learn all about how to set up your own no-dig veg garden. We will cover everything from how to lay the beds, amendments, and seasonal up keep. We'll look at the pros and cons of cover crops through the winter. We use simple hand tools on the farm which we can demonstrate to you. We will also cover harvest and storage of your well-earned produce..

Cost: Deposit of £20 to be paid online, with £65 to be paid on arrival (card or cash, no cheque)

Times: 9am - 4pm

Dates:
Saturday 30th July 
Saturday 13th August
Saturday 10th September

Food: Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please email any specific dietary requirements to info@rosewoodacres.farm

 

POST HARVEST

Food preservation & fermentation

Pickles, lacto-fermenting or simply making salsa from excess tomatoes - there are hundreds of ways to preserve food from your garden. In this workshop you will learn at least one of the following: lacto fermentation, pickling, chutney-making, and how to make different pestos among others!

Depending on what’s in season in the market gardens at Rosewood Acres, you will get a chance to make your own carrot and cabbage sauerkraut or maybe a hot chilli sauce! A fun day for all ages, this workshop will be taught in conjunction with guests from another local maker of fine food.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Dates: To be decided


Cider making festival

In the autumn we will be have a a mini cider festival, where you can come learn how to make your own and sample some local cider, everything from how to use a scatter to different types of presses, how to test specific gravity to know how strong you have made it, we will also go into how to make your cider into vinegar and how to distill it down onto something a little stronger.

Dates: To be decided

 

COMPOSTING

We will run general composting days and tailor the contents to participants level and interests (see below).

Please bring appropriate clothing and note book for handling soil life! We will provide lunch and refreshments.

Cost: Deposit of £20 to be paid online, with £65 to be paid on arrival (card or cash, no cheque)

Times: 9am - 4pm

Dates:
Sunday 31st July
Sunday 14th August
Sunday 11th September

Food: Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please email any specific dietary requirements to info@rosewoodacres.farm

We can cover:

Basic techniques

Composting is the natural decomposition of organic matter. The finished product of this process, compost, is often referred to by gardeners as ‘black gold’ for its numerous benefits to soil and garden life. In this workshop we will go over the basics of composting, including different techniques that are easily replicable at home and in your own garden as well as common problems and what to do about them.

Intermediate techniques

This is aimed at the serious gardener or professional market gardeners. It may cover one of two composting techniques that can be used to produce very high quality compost:

(1) the Berkeley hot composting method, can produce a rich compost in under 28 days, and reach temperatures of 70 degrees Celsius, enough to knock out pathogens and weed seeds.

(2) the Johnson-Su bioreactor, is a fungal-dominated pile built using ventilation pipes, which takes 9-12 months to mature but is widely regarded as producing the best quality compost from comparative trials.

Composting with worms

Vermicomposting is an accelerated type of composting that produces extremely rich compost with the help of special species of worms. Typically, worms are added to a suitable container and fed vegetable scraps and other food or garden waste. In this workshop you will learn how to make a simple vermicomposting ecosystem using an old bathtub, though can be scaled down to suit the about of scraps you produce, as well as how to harvest the end product and make your own highly effective liquid fertiliser, AKA worm juice.


LAND MANAGEMENT

Animal husbandry for smallholders

Get hands on experience with sheep, alpacas and chickens. Learn how to put ear tags on, trim feet, dagg out, and notice the early signs of illness or stress. We'll cover how to move animals in a mob grazing setup. We will also go into electric fencing, mobile watered, and mobile shade.

Cost: Deposit of £20 to be paid online, with £65 to be paid on arrival (card or cash, no cheque)

Times: 9am - 4pm

Food: Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please email any specific dietary requirements to info@rosewoodacres.farm

Dates:

Saturday 20th August
Saturday 1st October

 

Practical farm skills for smallholders

Buying land and starting a small farm or small holding can be very daunting if you don’t come from a farming background. In this workshop you will gain knowledge and experience on all aspects of land management, like how use and maintain a tractor, how to use a chainsaw safely, and what battery powered tool you need. We will tailor the course to the groups needs. Other possible topics: farm plumbing, electric fencing, driving large trailers etc.

There is a lot to know practically, but we hope to give you the confidence boost to try most of these task yourself. At the lunch break we will discuss more of the planning and regulations you may need to be aware of.

Cost: Deposit of £20 to be paid online, with £65 to be paid on arrival (card or cash, no cheque)

Times: 9am - 4pm

Food: Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please email any specific dietary requirements to info@rosewoodacres.farm

Dates:

Sunday 21st August
Sunday 2nd October

 

OTHER

Hügelkultur

A Hügelkultur is a type of no-dig raised bed made of decaying wood and other garden debris. An ancient concept originating from Germany, Hügelkultur beds slowly release nutrients, hold incredible amounts of moisture and increase available space in small gardens. In this workshop you will learn how to build your own Hüglekultur in the no-dig market garden at Rosewood Acres. A fun, informative and very hands on day, please bring appropriate clothing for gardening.

Date: To be decided

 

FOR 2023

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Tree planting 

The world needs more trees, so why not gain the knowledge of how to plant your own. We will go over various techniques and tools and learn how to: plant a tree, start from seed, take cuttings, and graft onto new trees.

This will allow you to take that lovely apple from you neighbours tree and graft it onto your existing one, or on some new root stock. We can also look at Willow and many other species depending upon participants interests.

Eggs from hens raised on pasture

Learn all about keeping chickens for egg production, based on pioneering farmer, Joel Salatin’s work and also the perfections made on his system by Richard Perkins, along with our own developments with in this field. Gain knowledge on everything from how and when to move them within an electric fence set up to how to collect, sort pack and label your eggs for sale.

This course is perfect for anybody looking to manage chickens in a regenerative way from 20 to 350 birds. We can go into the pros and cons of different scales. Those with less than 20 birds will still have a lot to take away as we will look at disease management and best practice, alongside three different scales of mobile coops we have here on the farm.

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