Wild Food and Wine workshop, Midlothian

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Explore woodland and hedgerows, foraging sustainably for wild fruits. Learn the tricks of making jams, jellies, cordials, wine and cider.

This workshop will pay for itself many times over!

Bring: Suitable outdoor clothing, notebook and food to share for lunch.

Dates: 
26 September 2010
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10.30-5.30 Lifts available from Bonnyrigg off the 31 bus from Edinburgh.
Cost: 
Sliding scale £20-£10
Contact name: 
Alasdair
Telephone number: 
07504946239

One Day Eco Loo course

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Eco San - the ultimate course.

Discover the ancient writings of the Chinese who were composting human waste in the fastest and safest way known to man. Now trialed and tested in India.

The Howard Higgins System covers and sells a variety of Eco Loos that collect with Bio liners which will degrade, when composted, with their contents in two weeks! Potent fertilizer is produced in 30 days! The Thermo Bin Hot Box treatment centre is the modern addition to this ancient technology, surpassing all modern day Environmental Health regulations.

Dates: 
15 September 2010 to 30 November 2010
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Full lunch and refreshments included.
Teachers
Richard Higgins
Cost: 
85
Contact name: 
Richard Higgins
Telephone number: 
0208 386 4594 or 07838 950 218

Earth Harmony and Energy Farming

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One day workshop to learn dowsing skills to enable improved plant growth and soil analysis, with Alanna Moore from Australia.

Alanna Moore is author of 'Backyard Poultry - Naturally', 'Stone Age Farming', 'The Wisdom of Water' and 'Sensitive Permaculture - cultivating the way of the sacred Earth'.

Free camping or B&B available.

Dates: 
19 September 2010
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10 - 5pm
Teachers
Alanna Moore
Cost: 
GBP 45
Contact name: 
Jude Dunn
Telephone number: 
07708305436

Build Your Own Solar Panel

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There will only be six places for this course to ensure everyone gets all the help and instruction they need from the two instructors. No previous experience is necessary as these units are very simple to construct.

Guidance on how to integrate your own panel into an existing hot water system will be given.

All tools and materials are provided, but if you wish to take away a completed panel for your own use, we ask for a contribution of between £20 and £40 (depending on size) towards the cost of materials.

Dates: 
18 September 2010 to 19 September 2010
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http://www.envisioneer.net/forms/solarpanelDet.php
Teachers
Bruce fae Talamh Steve fae The Gatehouse
Cost: 
£120 per person
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Applied Permaculture Course

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Learn applied techniques and develop your intuition to create sustainable energy cycles in your garden and lifestyle on a 2 acre, 5 year old developed permaculture garden overlooking the island of Mont-St-Michel in North Western France.

Dates: 
20 September 2010 to 24 September 2010
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two weekends 18-19 and 25-26 of September to explore the bay of Mont-St-Michel and to visit The Festival of Senses in Avranches
Teachers
Zoe Scott and Camelia Nikolova
Cost: 
£350

A weekend of practical Nature Connection tools for educators

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Many people are now realising the importance of nature connection in their lives, and the lives of the children they care for. However, sometimes we wonder what we can do with children to help them to
become genuinely engaged with their environment?

This course is designed to help you to answer that question. The weekend will help you to create a powerful culture of nature connection in your community, whether that is a school, after-school
care, nursery, home educators, or group of friends. The course is hands on practical, so come ready to play and be a child again! The curriculum draws on modern education, eco-therapy and indigenous wisdom. Its about building an engaged relationship with the natural world. Activities are largely outside and include sensory awareness, practical nature skills, naturalist observation, storytelling, team work and creative arts.

There will be some peeling back of the layers, with an introduction to flow learning – teaching based on the natural cycles.

This course is suitable both for experienced outdoor educators as well other kinds of educators who would like to bring nature connection into their repertoire. The emphasis will be on working with children and teens.

Dates: 
11 September 2010 to 12 September 2010
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When?: Saturday 11th and 12th September, 10am - 4pm
Teachers
Maeve Gavin and Victoria Mew

Please bring some lunch to share and clothes for all weather.

Cost: 
Suggested Donation: Sliding scale £120/ £100/ £85/ £60
Contact Name: 
Lusi
Telephone number: 
07787 376475

Two Seed Saving Workshops

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Come and learn how to save you own Fruit and vegetable Seed from your own home grown plants!

we will learn

1, the techniques of how to save your own seed from a variety of fruit, vegetable, flower and grain crops.
2, about the life cycle of each plant we save, and how to grow them.
3, whats easy to save and whats not so easy,

+ You get oodles of seeds to take home with you!

Also, -
invaluable knowledge that could be your key survival tool in a post peak oil world ! !

And it can save ya a few bob an all!

(+ you get handouts and information sheets about seed saving in general plus good links, as well if you want them.)

Bring a bit of lunch with ya!

Limit number - 10 people per day, so booking advisable.

Dates: 
7 August 2010 to 8 August 2010
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12 noon - 4 pm On the 7th at Hangingwater Allotments On the 8th at Meersbrook Allotments Call for details of how to get there.
Cost: 
£7 waged, Donations unwaged - Pay what its worth :-)
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Edible Forest Gardening

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An introduction to growing fruit, herbs, salad, vegetables and nuts in a highly productive but potentially low maintenance planting scheme. By the end of the day, participants will have a basic understanding of the principles of a Forest Garden.

Old Sleningford Farm has a 6 year old Forest Garden which is still being planted, but already has high yields of produce, and will be used to demonstrate what you will learn throughout the day.

Dates: 
31 July 2010
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10.00am - 4.00pm Includes lunch and refreshments

Our aim is to demonstrate a low impact way of life and to inspire self reliance through sharing ideas and resources.

We are the winners of the Friends of Nidderdale AONB Conservation Award 2009.

What We Do:

Rent a 17 acre field and building on the farm

Run courses, events and volunteer workdays

Raise pigs, sheep, chickens, turkeys and bees

Grow food in our Forest Garden, raised beds and polytunnel

Produce and sell charcoal

Cost: 
£45 (£40 for Permaculture Association members)
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Edible Places: urban innovations for a food cycle

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Architecture Sans Frontieres-UK 's 6th annual summer school 'Edible Places: urban innovations for a food cycle' will be taking place at the Eden Project from the 3rd to the 8th of September 2010, looking at urban innovations for the sustainable development of cities.

Dates: 
3 September 2010 to 8 September 2010
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12pm Friday to 9pm Wednesday
Cost: 
£65 per day - £325 for the whole week