Check out these brilliant photos from the first part of our Vegan Permaculture Design Course taught by Graham Burnett and myself. Dates for the 2018 course will be announced soon!
Last weekend, we had a fantastic day learning about fungi with Feed Avalon at the Red Brick Building Community Garden. As part of the Avalon Fantastic Fungi Day, volunteers inoculated logs, made mushroom bags and learnt about plants at the Avalon Wildflower Park.
A huge thank you to the Grow Wild Team who supported the event and shared their knowledge! A big thank you to all the volunteers and helpers during the day.
If you are interested in getting involved in growing mushrooms and remediating the morlands site please contact Bon. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
This May, Feed Avalon helped to organise the first national SoilHack Gathering! Taking place at Brook End LAND Centre, the weekend was a great success. More than 40 people came together to celebrate soil, share skills and get connected in building a movement. Check out the photos below! Soil Geeks Unite!
So my inner soil geek is having kittens right now. I’m SO excited about this gathering…
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
My worker’s co-op Feed Avalon is hosting a free six-week course in growing your own food.
Please find more info here: http://www.feedavalon.org.uk/grow-your-own-garden-course/
DIY Soil Care Strategies // Composting // Mycorrhizae Green manures // Plant teas // Mulching // Biochar
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th March 2016, near Glastonbury
The course will cover:
• Identifying different soils, and understanding their
structures, strengths & weaknesses
• The soil food web & the billions of microorganisms that live in soil
• No dig gardening & soil health
• The politics of soils – why they are eroding around the world & what we can do about it.
Plus how to:
– use mycorrhizal applications to increase the health of your soil – make amazing compost & explore the different composting techniques
– make and use compost and plant teas
– master mulching
– use green manures & cover crops to build fertility – use and make biochar
The course will involve practical, participatory sessions to make soil science accessible and understandable. It aims to share
agroecological approaches that can support our communities to feed themselves, while minimising inputs and creating systems that build soil health by working with nature.
The course is led by experienced horticulturalists and growers from workers cooperative, Feed Avalon, as well as external tutors who are leaders in their field.
The course includes a home-grown, home-made lunch and salad, as well as refreshments. Camping accommodation is available for £5 per night at Brook End, the LAND Centre that is hosting the course.
Cost: The cost of the course is banded on the basis of income:
- Up to 14K p/year £60
- 14K-20K p/year £100
- 20K upwards £120
There is a limited number of free places for adults in receipt of state benefits in Somerset. Please contact us as soon as possible if you have child care or additional needs, so we can support you to participate.
How to book: To book please email email@example.com
This course is supported by Somerset Skills & Learning.
The Grow Your Own Garden Course is a fabulous free course for local residents in Glastonbury and Street to learn about how to grow food. All of the sessions will take place the Red Brick Building Community Garden. Support with childcare is also available. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you’re coming so we can be aware of any needs you have. Please share!
The course is kindly supported by Somerset Skills & Learning CIC.
Glastonbury Harvest Show highlights the importance of local food & community, and celebrates the joy & benefits of growing your own produce.
It is in its eighth year and takes place annually at Glastonbury Town Hall.
The date of the next Harvest Show is Saturday 12th September 2015.
What will be taking place?
- Members of Glastonbury Country Market will provide refreshments all day
- There will be stalls selling local produce and displaying information about local food projects
- There will be a whole host of activities going on, click here to find out more.
The event is supported by Glastonbury Town Council, Glastonbury Gardeners’ Group, Feed Avalon, Mendip Community Credit Union, Incredible Edible Somerset, Oaklands & Sweetacre nurseries, Torganics & Somerset Community Food.
Rosettes are sponsored by Glastonbury Spring Water.
Many thanks to all of the organisations that have donated prizes – a full list of their names will be displayed on the day.
Timetable of Events (subject to change)
Show entries to be received: 9:00-10:15 am
Judging: 10:30-12:15 pm
Show open to the public from 12:30 pm
Prize winners collect prize money: 12:30-2:45 pm
Award of prizes and rosettes: 1:30 pm
Raffle drawn: 2:30pm
Afternoon activities: see below
Auction of Produce: 3 pm (any entries not collected by 2.55 pm will be auctioned)
- Children’s activities
- Opportunity to talk to local food-related groups and organisations
- In celebration of the ‘International Year of Soils’, members of Feed Avalon will be holding a Soil Surgery 1:00-3:00 pm. in the small hall. Bring a sample of your soil to discover how it could be improved.