Designing Edible Spaces - Evening Class
Would you like to be:
* Growing your own food but feel you don’t have space or the time?
* Eating more organic food but think it’s too expensive?
Transform your garden into a productive, low maintenance, edible garden, that is full of food, friendly to wildlife & looks good.
Course Starts: Tues 23rd April. 2018 at 18:30–21:00
Duration: 8 Weeks (half-term 21st May). Ends 18th June.
Site Tour: Sat 4th May 14:00-15:30
Location: Feed Bristol
This course covers:
* Hands-on design skills
* Overview of edible plants and mushrooms
* Strategies for low maintenance & ecological growing practices
* Backyard animals
* Soil, fertility & composting
* Water & irrigation options
* Applying ideas to your own space
* Creating a design for your own space
The course is suitable for beginners as well people with more gardening/design experience.
Learn what the possibilities are, and how to:
* Get more out of your space by using vertical growing for optimum production in a small space.
* Identify microclimates and create new microclimates to increase productivity. Get food from shade.
* Apply simple solutions for any type of garden, from a small yard to an allotment or school.
Cost: sliding scale from £80.
Booking is essential.
To book click Get Tickets button, above.
What to bring:
* A packed lunch/food to share
* Suitable outdoor clothes & shoes
* Notebook, camera etc
Topics/Solutions Covered on this Course
* Edible Gardens, Forest Gardens & Edible Landscapes
* Edible Mushroom Growing
* Edible Hedges
* Fruit trees/bushes – varieties
* Home Orchards & Community Orchards
* Vegetable Gardens, Container Gardens, Covered Growing
* Vertical growing
* Ponds & Greywater
* Self-watering containers/sub-irrigated planters
* Rainwater & Irrigation
* Backyard Chickens & Ducks
* Freerange and Rotational Systems
* Beneficial Insect Plantings
Soils & Fertility
* Composting Systems & Wormeries
* Natural Fertilising & Feeding
* Mulching & W**d Management
* Ecological Lawncare
Concepts Covered on this Course
* Creating & augmenting micro climates
* Permaculture principles
* Vertical growing
* Mapping & surveying
* The Soil Food Web
What you take away from the course
* Printed, full colour, 36-page A4 course handbook
* Digital A4 colour handouts on: soils, mushrooms, backyard chickens etc
* Digital presentations
* Digital resources and links
Who is this course for?
* Allotment holders
* Community Groups
* Building Managers
* Landscape & Maintenance Gardeners
* School teachers
* Schools workers
'This was a very well constructed training event from an expert in the field – thanks to Niels.'
'Really enjoyed the day and meeting some great people! Niels was top, I thought his humour relating to the subject and opinions was brill. Thanks!'
About the Tutor
Niels Corfield is a designer, educator and consultant, working to create sustainable/regenerative landscapes and farms in the UK and Europe. He is someone with a diverse skill-set who can tie together disparate projects into a coherent whole using cutting edge- and best practice systems.
He is passionate about tree-based, ecological systems that are low maintenance and productive.
He has extensive experience with designing, establishing and managing diverse agroforestry systems, forest gardens and ecological orchards.
He is a skilled orchardist, propagator and nurseryman.
Since 2007 he has been teaching certified Permaculture Design Courses, as well as a range of specialist training and education, from design through to practical skills. He has created a suite of professional education resources to carry-out multi-stakeholder/participatory design workshops (Designing for Real).
He is the director of Edible Cities, a successful urban design consultancy, education and nursery business. Creating productive and ecological low maintenance edible landscapes since 2008. He counts amonst his clients: the Ecology Building Society and various councils and is currently working on a 500 home development in inner city Leeds.
He runs a commercial nursery and is proficient in propagating productive, named-variety: trees, shrubs, vines and herbaceous plants. He also delivers specialist courses for designing tree nursery and plant production systems.
He designs and installs rainwater harvesting and irrigation systems for growers in the UK.
He has been supporting and consulting on small-medium UK farms since 2012. Implementing, designing and consulting on rotational grazing systems, agroforestry plantings and water systems, as well as whole site design. He also offers a specialist mapping service to growers and farmers to facilitate design-making and planning on-site.
This year he is coordinating a research trial of organic no-till cover crops across a number of sites in the UK. Establishing an empiric case for soil organic matter generation in these systems.
He has been trained by Darren Doherty (RegenAg Design), Kirk Gadzia (Holistic Management), Starhawk and Penny Livingstone-Stark (Permaculture Design).
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