A workers' cooperative growing food on London's edge in the Lea Valley

Resilient Food Systems

Friday 13 & Saturday 14 September 2013 9.30am-5.30pm

Food production is facing the “perfect storm” over the next 50 years, needing to adapt to climate change, produce more food for more people, and use less fossil fuels, whilst preserving biodiversity. There are many, diverse working models of how to grow, distribute, process, and sell food in new ways that will ensure safe thriving enterprises now and into the future.

Transition Training is using Hawkwood Nursery as a venue for this inspiring 2 day course for food producers and processors who want to begin the process of moving to low carbon, resilient systems, and for those interested in setting up modern food systems in Transition groups.

The course will:
• Identify the most likely risks that food systems face
• Show you 10 ways you can begin right now to make the transition to a low carbon, profitable food business
• Identify the strategies that are working to create healthy, resilient food systems
• Demonstrate smart use of modern technology to make yourself and your
business more effective
• Introduce you to the pioneers in resilient food systems so you can learn firsthand how they are making a new way of producing food a reality

The course costs £150. Bursaries are available, contact training@transitionnetwork.org to apply.
Booking is through Transition network; click here to book

The course is facilitated by Marina O’Connell and Samantha Woods

Marina is a Horticulturist and for 25 years has trained people in sustainable food systems originally at Dartington Halls’ School Farm, then Suffolk Agricultural college and now at the Apricot Centre in North Essex. She also runs a 4-acre, organic market garden growing fruit, flowers salads and preserves, all sold into the Growing Communities Farmers Market in Stoke Newington, Hackney. The farm is organic and a demonstration permaculture site. Marina is a permaculture diploma teacher and tutor and designer and is a part of the Transition Stour Valley group on the edge of the beautiful Dedham Vale.

Samantha is an environmental consultant and trainer living in Leicestershire. She completed her Permaculture Design Course (PDC) in 2011 and is now working on her Diploma in Applied Permaculture. She has long experience of delivering training on climate change and local food issues to a variety of clients and is also an assistant teacher on the latest Permaculture Design Course in Leicestershire. Samantha is an active volunteer and Committee Member at Leicestershire’s only Community Supported Agriculture scheme, Community Harvest Whetstone, which is social enterprise established by Transition Leicester.

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