Polytunnel Course

After a very successful day last year, Feed Avalon’s Polytunnel Course is back by popular demand!

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

Where: Paddington Farm, Maidencroft Lane, Glastonbury, BA6 8JN

When: Wednesday 18th April 2018, 10am – 3pm

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 at a new store on the highstreet.

Cost: £50. There are some free and subsidised places, please email FFI.

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

The Grow Your Own Garden Course is back in 2018!

We are excited to say that Feed Avalon are organising our fourth six-week FREE introduction to food growing course.

Folks are very welcome to show up for sessions, however, booking enables us to ensure we have enough resources for learners and we all have a better learning environment.

How to book: Please complete the booking form here – https://goo.gl/forms/d7tUQ7Oyr6rjvt5w2 Please email eat@feedavalon.org.uk with any further questions you may have.

Cost: This course is FREE. Donations are welcome towards our work.

What to bring: Notepad, pens/pencils, camera or anything that will aid your own learning. Please note refreshments will be available but not lunch.

Please wear practical, warm clothing as a number of activities are outside.

Directions: The workshops will start at the Red Brick Building Community Garden in the polytunnel. The full address is: Red Brick Building, Morland Road, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9FT

Support: We can organise learning support workers that can take notes for you, or do whatever you need to be able to participate & learn. Please get in touch with us ASAP if you would like us to organise support.

Childcare support is available. Please contact us in advance if possible with the ages & interests of your children so we can prepare fun & interesting activities for them.


Becoming a Local Food Producer – Four Week Course

This four-week course is an introduction on how to bring a product to market for small-scale producers. It is aimed at anyone interested in developing their livelihood by selling local food.

When: 9am – 1pm, Monday 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th February 2018

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

What: The course will cover:
• Being a local food producer (practicalities and ethics)
• Deciding the right product
• Sales options – discerning between local markets, shops, selling online and so forth.
• Product to market logistics – from sourcing ingredients, packaging, storage and delivery options and more.
• Legislation and compliance
• Developing the market – advertising and outreach
• Bookkeeping and nancial management

Cost: £120. This course is free to low- income learners and the unemployed in Somerset.

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

About the Tutor: B.A. Pavla Kislerova

After studying performance art Pavla followed her passion for plants and pursued a Permaculture Design Course followed by Level 2 Community Horticulture Course.

She set up her little food business 6 years ago in Frome. Hej Gro focuses on ethical and environmentally sound food production, using foraged ingredients and making healthy food. From peddling to market trading her produce can now be found in local health food stores. Running the business she’s experienced many different roles being manager, accountant, forager, chef, producer, market trader, while working with her partner who focuses primarily on the design and marketing.

Orchard Management Course

What: Practical Introduction to Orchard Management – One-day Course

Where: Brook End LAND Centre, Compton Dundon near Street & Glastonbury

When: Sunday 4th February 2018, 10 – 4pm


This one-day course is an opportunity to gain practical skills in orchard management. The course will cover:

• Planning & preparing the Orchard.
• Rootstocks & varieties.
• Sourcing & choosing trees for cooking, eating, juicing and cider.
• Digging, Planting, Staking, Mulching.
• Protection and Aftercare for Orchard trees.
• Formative pruning, maintenance and restoration pruning.
• Pruning tools & equipment, including tool maintenance.
• Ladders and Health and Safety.
• Orchard Land Management – Grazing, Mowing, Mulching, Feeding, Watering, Hedging, Fencing, Forest Gardening.
• Bees and Wildlife.

About the Tutor: Anthony Ward is Orchard Keeper at the Chalice Well Trust in Glastonbury where his current Orchard Mentor is legendary Somerset Apple Man Les Davies MBE. Before taking an NOCN course in Organic Horticulture at Bristol College in 2002 and becoming a self-employed Bicycling Gardener Anthony was a teacher and facilitator in Further and Adult Education in Dorset and in Galicia in Spain. A student and friend of the late Permaculture teacher Patrick Whitefield he believes passionately that orchard management skills and passing on the art and science of cultivating fruit trees is vital to the future of the local food economy in Avalon.

Cost: £50. Max 14 places, please book early. Free and nancially-supported places available, please email for further information.

How to Book:  To book please email eat@feedavalon.org.uk

This course has been organised to support the Glastonbury Orchards and Woodlands Network and their aims to restore local orchards and create a community orchard.

Vegan Baking Class

Okay so I have seriously zero baking skills, but thankfully Julia in my co-op is the business! So come and learn from her at this upcoming Feed Avalon course…

When: Saturday 9th December 2017, 11 – 4pm

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

What: In December we will be holding a class for making cakes, biscuits, pies, and bread! We will be baking without refined sugars and using gluten-free flours- offering an alternative to the usual overindulgence at this time of year.

Solstice mince-pies made with gluten-free pastry, delicious cakes without sugar, quick and easy gluten-free bread and more will be made in this one day course.

The class will include:
• Learning how to bake delicious sweet treats without refined sugars
• Exploring gluten-free flours
• How to use plant-based alternatives to eggs and butter
• Food and recipes to take home

Cost: £35. Max 14 places, please book early. Limited financially-supported places available, please email for further information.

How to book: To book please email eat@feedavalon.org.uk

Working in partnership with Somerset Skills & Learning CIC

More Fermentation Training!

My co-op Feed Avalon are organising another fermentation course this November. Check out the details below!
What: Fermentation Course

When: Saturday 25th November 2017, 11am – 4pm

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

Why: The techniques and ways of fermenting food need to be shared and passed on. At this time of year preserving vegetables for the winter months ahead is vital.

In the workshop, we’ll be remembering the old methods of preserving food. We’ll be preparing, making and tasting fermented foods from many different cultures; a variety of sauerkrauts, kimchi, sour-dough bread starter and more.

The class will have the techniques of fermenting and preserving broken down into easy to learn step by step techniques.

There will also be plenty of time for discussion on the culture fermenting and why it is so important for ourselves, our health and society.We’ll end the session with a chance to taste all the delicious food and have plenty to be taking home too.

Cost: £35. Max 14 places, please book early. Limited financially-supported places available, please email for details.

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

Cooking Basic Essentials – Free three-week course

My amazing co-op Feed Avalon are hosting this series of workshops on how to make delicious vegan staples. Check out the blurb below:

Join us over 3 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. To book please email eat@feedavalon.org.uk

This course is FREE. Donations are welcome.

We will make all the dishes together and share at the end of the class.

All sessions are 6-8.30pm at Unit C1 Thriveability Hub, Northover Buildings, Glastonbury, BA6 9NU.

Session 1: Thursday 16th November

Coleslaw with vegan mayo’ and home-made baked beans with a jacket potato.

Session 2: Thursday 23rd November

Toast and hot chocolate; nut, oat and seed milks plus gluten-free bread.

Session 3: Thursday 7th December

Snack-time; humous and dips with oatcakes and gluten-free crackers.

Working in partnership with Somerset Skills and Learning CIC

Deconstructing & Decolonizing Science for Agroecology

Deconstructing & Decolonizing Science for Agroecology

Next week I will be giving my Middle of Year Presentation with Gaia University. You are super welcome to join the webinar! It’s 4pm UK time.

“During this webinar, Nicole will share her work on deconstructing science – specifically how applied agroecological science, such as soil science or plant ecology, is inseparable from agrarian social thought and social movements. This call aims to begin conversations on deconstructing science, exploring its historical and contemporary relationships to the state, capitalism, and colonialism while still embracing critical research and inquiry.

There will be a short presentation follow”

Earth First! Summer Gathering 2017

Don’t miss this year’s Earth First Summer Gathering that is happening just outside of London. Five days of skill sharing for grassroots ecological direct action – make links, share ideas and get involved in the struggles against fracking, new roads and more. There will be a prisoner support space and letter writing, as well as a workshop on toxic prisons. Plus a SoilHack workshop!

For full details visit: http://earthfirstgathering.org/