Land Skills Day – 11th June, Somerset.

May 12, 2016

The Land Skills Day on the 11th June 2016 will be a series of workshops and skillshares about various land based skills including seed saving, microdairies, beekeeping, mushroom growing, working with horses and many more. The Landworkers’ Alliance have been kindly offered the chance to host this event at the site of the great Green Scythe Fair the day before the fair itself.

The series of workshops and sessions on various land based skills will be led by some of the following people [many of whom are wonderfully talented WWOOF UK hosts]

Christine Page Smiling Tree Farm: Micro-Dairy, Holistic Grassland management and Starting your own Micro-Dairy and Selling Raw Milk

Gill Baron The Land Magazine: Farm house Cheese Making Practical Demo

Charles Dowding: No Dig principles and Salad Growing.

Ed Hamer Chagfood: Working with horses for cultivation.

Pedro Brace Tinkers Bubble: Working with horses, logging and carting.

Lucy Otto The Fold: Biodynamic Market Gardening and Leather Tanning.

Anne Robins Herbalist: From Petal to product.

Ashley Wheeler Trill Farm Garden: Seed Saving.

Niels Corfield Edible Cities: Design for Small Holders, Grafting and Setting up a Nursery.

Jyoti Fernandes Fivepenny Farm: Why is politics relevant to me? Beginners guide to a political movement.

Sagara Swier East Devon Forest Garden: Forest Gardening.

Patrick Mallery Upcycled Mushroom Company: Mushroom growing.

Eleanor Burgess Somerset bee inspector: Bee keeping, pollination and the question of holistic management and sustainability in relation to earning a living.

High Wood Family Farm: Animal husbandry, breeding and care.

Within our programme we are hosting a seed plant and produce swap following on from a very successfull pilot project that took place at East Devon Forest Garden. This means that as a participant you are invited to bring seeds, plants and/ or produce that you want to exchange either for money or for other peoples produce.

We suggest that your produce has your name on it so that eager exchangers can find you in the crowd if you don’t happen to be standing with your stuff. As this is the first time we are doing this on such a large scale we ask that producers and exchangers come with an open mind and the ability to help self organize as we experiment with new ways of giving and recieving.

Ticket costs:

Price: £40 LWA members, £65 non members, £10 under 16 (plus admin fees)

This includes entrance to the Green Scythe Fair the following day. It also includes lunch and dinner on the Land Skills Day and live music in the evening from a Gypsy Swing Band. There will be children’s activities going on through the day, so Under 16 tickets will be able to join in on these plus have lunch and dinner.

Camping will cost an extra £5 pppn and is available next to the event site.

For more information including location of the event to buy tickets please vistit The Landworkers’ Alliance webpage:

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