Grow to Sell course

Are you interested in market gardening? Or starting a CSA project? Or simply growing on a larger scale and selling your surplus? Want to create a livelihood from the land? This course is for you!

A 2 day course in how to scale up and sell or share produce to feed your community

27 – 28 May 2015 at Brook End Land Centre, Compton Dundon (near Glastonbury/Street), Somerset

This two day course introduces all of the factors you need to consider when scaling up your production. Learners will be supported to explore how they can create their own land-based livelihoods, while supporting the local area to increase its ability to feed itself. Learners will be able to meet experienced growers, as well as local agencies that can give you further business mentoring and support.

Sessions will include:

  • Different business and production models, such as market gardens, nurseries, Community Supported Agriculture schemes, cooperatives, box schemes, nurseries, country markets, intermediate markets, direct sales, farm gate sales and more
  • Agroecological practices for growing on a larger scale successfully
  • How to manage internal systems such as stock taking, book keeping and records management
  • Designing your own livelihood and using permaculture principles to design a sustainable enterprise congruent with your needs and ethics
  • Deciding what to grow in relationship to markets (value adding and so forth)
  • Legal necessities (such as labeling, licensing, health & safety, trading standards requirements, environmental health compliance, traceablity and so on)

Financial contribution
We have full funding for residents of Somerset, however others are very welcome. The course is designed on a sliding scale basis with low income learners £60 – £120 (£15k and above per year). NB this course is offered for FREE (or donate what you can) to CSA Network UK members. To join the network sign up here

About the Tutors
Tim Lawrence is a community development worker, community gardener and founder and previous staff grower at Sims Hill Shared Harvest, a successful CSA based in Bristol. He has diverse experience in establishing projects and supporting small-scale, sustainable food production.

Carol Stone is an experienced food grower and has supported a number of establishing enterprises in her work with the HogCO (home grown community owned) Project in Devon. She is now a co-director-member of Feed Avalon CIC and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and is passionate about involving more people in food production, community food growing and cooking, and building more sustainable and resilient food systems.

How to Book
Please email for a link to an online booking form and more information.