GROWING FOOD: An Introduction to Organic Cultivation

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The aim of this course is to introduce ideas and concepts which will explain the fundamental principles of Organic food growing. These topics are relevant and useful whether you are a beginner or experienced grower.

Dates: 
4 October 2010 to 13 December 2010
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Ten two-hour sessions. Sheffield-based.
Teachers
Richard Clare
Cost: 
£50
Contact name: 
Richard Clare
Telephone number: 
2686727 / 07771 832759

Empathic Communication

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This weekend workshop is an introduction to the principles of Nonviolent Communication. NVC helps us understand what takes place when communication becomes difficult and offers practical support in how to respond constructively.

While we often respond to difficulties in relationship by blaming or judging, NVC encourages us to look for the essential needs behind our communication so that we can respond to ourselves and others with empathy. Only then are we ready to find win-win solutions in which everybodys needs get met.

Dates: 
30 October 2010 to 31 October 2010
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10am-5pm
Teachers
Millie Baker & Cath Burke
Cost: 
£150 organisations. £90 Individuals. £50 Concessions.
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Millie Baker
Telephone number: 
07947302171

Eco Toilets - The Ultimate Course in sustainable sanitation

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Learn the 5,000 year old Chinese art of Thermophilic composting. Now available as the Howard Higgins system. After this one day course you will know how to make human waste disappear in 14 days! This is the oldest, safest and fastest way to transform human waste into rich, nitrogenous fertilizer that is saleable in bags. All equipment available for sale, or make your own from existing available equipment. Surpassing all Environmental Health and Environment Agency regulations – A Sustainable Programme for the world already installed from China to Hawaii.
Subsequent courses on how to grow pest and disease free crops without digging and without chemicals.(BIMA)(Food Security)up to agricultural scale.See web site and go to Ecological Agriculture.
This is now considered world leading cutting edge technology and a NEW addition to Permaculture Technique. You can tread the lowest carbon footprint because you recycle everything and there are no ponds, lakes or tanks.

Dates: 
12 July 2011 to 30 August 2011
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This is a one day course that can be held on Tuesdays or Thursdays starting at 9.30 am and finishing at 5pm. Full veg/veg lunch included. Call to make a booking,can pay on the day. Course includes videos, theory and full practical. Never before have toilets been so exciting!
Teachers
Richard Higgins, NDA,PDC
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Cost: 
£80 per person, £150 couples
Address: 
Well End, South Herts.
Contact name: 
Richard Higgins
Telephone number: 
evenings 0208 386 4594 mobile 07983 439 171

Introduction to Beekeeping

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The course is aimed at people who are interested in taking up bee-keeping or wanting to learn more about bees. It aims to provide a background into practical beekeeping and an afternoon session with the bees. It is designed as a taster session to see if people wish to pursue beekeeping further. We will look at the basics of bee-keeping, hive construction and siting, managing bees, where to get bees and equipment and the importance of bees in the environment.

Dates: 
26 September 2010
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Arrival is around 9.30 am for tea/coffee/introductions etc. for a 10.00am start. All courses include a free lunch using products grown on the smallholding itself wherever possible. Lunch is usually a simple vegetarian meal.
Teachers
Jonathan Garratt
Cost: 
£48
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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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Teachers
Bruce fae Talamh Steve fae The Gatehouse
Cost: 
£120 per person
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