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

Level 1 Horticulture Courses this Spring

We run a range of Level 1 and Level 2 City and Guilds horticulture courses throughout the year from our site in Chingford.

We currently have places available on one Level 1 courses starting in March:

Saturday Practical Horticulture Skills Level 1 Award (City and Guilds) starting in March

Dates: Starts Saturday 2 March, ends Saturday 29 June 2024, 10.30am – 4.30pm (7 sessions in total)

This course is for those who want to gain basic horticulture skills. The course is designed to build basic and technical skills for anyone who is thinking about working as a gardener or who wants to enhance food production knowledge for the home environment. You will be studying in our community market garden environment with a blend of classroom guided learning and practical tasks to practice techniques and seek guidance when needed. This will include working with our growers. Topics covered include understanding the basics of soil science – soil types, structure, pH and nutrients, organic matter and using it to improve soil, making compost and other fertility products, getting the best out of your soil, basic cultivation techniques; and planting considerations including the needs of different food crops, sowing seeds all year round, basic sowing techniques to support successful propagation, introduction to composts for containers.

To register for a place and obtain more information about this opportunity, including fees, please contact courses@organiclea.org.uk

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