Puerto Rico Earthbag Dome Intensive

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Gain skills to create healthy, practical and sustainable structures!

Learn about earthbag dome design and construction, earthen plasters, and methods of roofing using locally available plants. Complete a 13 x 13 foot earthbag dome that will be a bedroom. While you are there, learn about the local rainforest ecology and demonstrations of sustainable agriculture and forestry.

Taught in English and Spanish by the instructor.

Dates: 
10 April 2010 to 20 April 2010
Teachers
Scott Howard, Patricia Boyko
Cost: 
$1400
Contact Name: 
Patricia Boyko

Knife making (Sweden)

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I am going to be running a knife-making course in Sweden in late May this year together with a buddy of mine who is a master leatherworker and who lives in Sweden. We have a couple of log cabins booked (by a lake in the woods!) and will be supplementing the knife- and sheath-making with an opportunity for hot-tubs under the stars, lake swimming and wood-fired sauna plus of course some forest craft activities and a meet-and-greet with the local community. It’s in a beautiful area of Sweden known as Småland which is south of Stockholm.

Dates: 
27 May 2010 to 1 June 2010
Teachers
Mark Beabey, Simon Shakespeare
Cost: 
£495 inc board and meals
Contact Name: 
Simon Shakespeare
Telephone number: 
0845 519 0789

Pest and Disease control using a systems approach

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An interactive seminar, you will be expected to do some work, taking an in depth look at the problems and benefits of weeds pest and disease in your crops. The emphasis will be on the importance and practicalities of developing an all "systems approach" to management of natural systems to allow for positive control measures in conjunction with habitat enhancement.

Weeds, pest and disease are often considered in a wholly negative way, this seminar will encourage delegates to look beyond the negative at how working with nature can reap positive benefits. A greater understanding of natural systems will encourage growers to design appropriate growing systems to control any problems they may have.

Dates: 
15 June 2010
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10am-4pm
Teachers
Iain Tolhurst
Cost: 
£65 per person or £45 for commercial growers

Integrated Conservation Seminar

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An opportunity to learn more about utilising conservation management as a whole farm/garden policy, not just bolting bits on but actually making conservation work for the health of your farm/garden and the environment. The aim is to improve the flora and fauna of your farm improve your yields and reduce the need for inputs and energy use. The seminar is inter-active you will be expected to do some work and participate in the workshop sessions.

Dates: 
16 March 2010
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10am-4pm
Teachers
Iain Tolhurst
Cost: 
£65 per person or £45 for commercial growers