Please share your Education and Training needs and desires!

EAT LogoHere is a little shout out as part of my job coordinating education and training with Feed Avalon:

We are asking anyone who has come to one of Feed Avalon’s courses or workshops over the last year, to please take a minute to give your feedback.

If you haven’t been on one of our courses yet, please still use the form to tell us what you’d be interested in!

We want to develop an even more exciting program of learning opportunities in 2017/2018.

Let us know what you need and desire in terms of training for food system skills.

Take the survey here: https://goo.gl/forms/E5ElKyOUdLH7Mulm1

 

Polytunnel Course this May

My worker’s co-op Feed Avalon is organising this Polytunnel Course that is taking place in May. Check it out!
When: Wednesday 3rd May 2017, 9.30am – 4pm
Where: Paddington Farm, Maidencroft Lane, Glastonbury, BA6 8JN

What: Don’t miss this hands-on practical course taking place at an Organic Market Garden in Somerset. Learn about all aspects of polytunnel growing.

The course will cover the basics of:

• Crop selection
• Crop rotation timing and planning
• Soil health and fertility in a polytunnel
• Watering and irrigation
• Disease and pest control (including slugs!)
• Propagation
• Planting, sowing and harvesting
• Making use of space around the outside of the tunnel

The course will also touch on construction and maintenance. The day takes place at Paddington Farm’s thriving organic market garden, which works with volunteers and groups to produce food for the Glastonbury area.

About the Tutor: Robert Macbeth is a self-taught organic market gardener. He has been running a successful 1.5 acre garden for 7 years at Paddington Farm Trust in Glastonbury, with lots of help from the trust, volunteers, and children. He also sells the produce at affordable prices at Glastonbury’s Tuesday market and a local food co-op.

Cost: The course costs £50 for the day. There are some subsidised places available.

How to book:  Please email Nicole: eat@feedavalon.org.uk

Polytunnel Course

Announcing SoilHack 2017

So my inner soil geek is having kittens right now. I’m SO excited about this gathering…

Soil Hack Gathering Poster Centre

SoilHack Gathering 2017

What: A weekend to share our passion, knowledge, and skills for building healthy soils

When: 27 – 28th May 2017 (arrivals welcome Friday evening)

Where: Brook End LAND Centre, Compton Dundon – near Street and Glastonbury in Somerset

How to book your place: Please email eat@feedavalon.org.uk
About: SoilHack is a knowledge sharing network focused on soil. It is part of the FarmHack movement and has been born out of the need to save what soils we have with the best information possible.
The first national SoilHack Gathering is taking place this summer at Brook End LAND Centre just outside Street (near Glastonbury) in Somerset. We invite you to come to contribute your experiences, share good ideas and learn about soil regeneration. This is a DIY movement where we collectively learn about soils and apply our learning in our own gardens and farms. We try to bring the best research to life and share it horizontally.
The Gathering will involve workshops led by participants with practical experience in soil biology, biochar, agroforestry, cover cropping and more. We will also create a space to explore how to build the SoilHack movement in an effort to defend, repair and build soils that are essential to life. It is a not-for-profit event with financial support to enable access and participation. Contributions are sliding scale between £25 – £125 for the weekend including meals and camping.
To book your place and offer a workshop please email eat@feedavalon.org.uk

Upcoming Nutrition Day School

The amazing Isy of ‘Another Dinner is Possible’ cookbook fame and lots of bad ass projects is teaching a Nutrition Day School with Feed Avalon this March:

When: Thursday 30th March 2017, 9.30am – 5pm

Where: Unit C1 Thriveability Hub, Northover Buildings, Glastonbury, BA6 9NU

What: Confused by nutrition information and ‘what’s good or bad for you’? This day school will explore the links between food, health and well-being, demystifying nutritional concepts and science, and emphasising a sustainable and pleasurable approach to feeding ourselves.

You’ll learn the nutritional science around healthy fats, vitamins and minerals, ‘superfoods’, fibre, blood sugar, food and mood, and more. We’ll discuss problems with our current food system, and think of ways to improve how and what we eat.

The emphasis is on plant-based nutrition, but not exclusively. The class will be a mixture of
presentations, activities, groupwork and discussion, handouts, plenty of breaks, and a potluck veggie lunch to share.

About the Tutor: Isy Schulz is a qualified nutritionist (BSc Human Nutrition) with a catering and community food organising background. Trained as a ‘Well Now’ health facilitator and co-author of the cookbook ‘Another Dinner is Possible’. Isy’s interests lie with sustainable food production, inventive plant-based whole food cookery, and improving our current food system.

Cost: The course costs £35 (there are some subsidised places).

To book: please email Nicole: eat@feedavalon.org.uk

Nutrition Day School

New Course: Cooking Basic Essentials from Scratch

Feed Avalon are hosting this four-week course starting this Thursday! We really learned after doing so many growing-related courses in recent years that community cooking training is also incredibly important too! We knew we couldn’t have one without the other so we’ve done our best to organise more cooking courses this year starting with the basics:

When: Thursday 2nd March, Thursday 9th March, Thursday 6th April, Thursday 13th April 2017. 6pm – 8.30pm

Where: Unit C1 Thriveability Hub, Northover Buildings, Glastonbury, BA6 9NU

What: Join us over 4 weeks for a series of making common store bought foods from scratch.

Come learn and share how to cook everyday foods and dishes on a budget. Using organic, plant-based ingredients in a relaxed welcoming workshop.

The course will help de-mystify recipes, reduce household packaging, make food with no hidden nasties and taste fantastic.

Please book a place to let us know you’re coming. We also welcome drop ins for one or any of the sessions.

Cost: This course is FREE. Donations are welcome.

Overview:

Session 1: Coleslaw and baked beans with jacket potatoes

Session 2: Bread and Soup

Session 3: Brown sauce and chips

Session 4: Humous, dips and oatcakes

How to book: Please book a place to let us know you’re coming. We also welcome drop-ins for one or any of the sessions.

Please email eat@feedavalon.org.uk.

Essentials Course

Health at Every Size Course

Feed Avalon are hosting this four-week course starting at the end of the month. I’m so stoked that my co-op are organising such a body-positive course <3

When: 29th March – 19th April 2017. Every Wednesday 10am – 12.30pm

Where: Unit C1, Thriveability Hub Northover Buildings, Glastonbury

What: Health at Every Size offers a new and compassionate approach to weight and well-being, shifting the focus away from the frustrating pursuit of weight loss in favour of self-care and developing long-term healthy habits.

Over 4 sessions, we will explore nutrition, and building a positive relationship with ourselves and with food, in a friendly and supportive group.

Classes will include discussion, presentations including nutrition and science, group work, a bit of homework and some fun activities too.

About the Tutor: Isy Schulz is a qualified nutritionist (BSc Human Nutrition) with a catering and community food organising background. Trained as a ‘Well Now’ health facilitator and co-author of the cookbook ‘Another Dinner is Possible’. Isy’s interests lie with sustainable food production, inventive plant-based whole food cookery, and improving our current food system.

Cost: The course costs £45, with some concessions available.

Advanced booking essential. To book please email Nicole: eat@feedavalon.org.uk

Health at Every Size Updated