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Small Scale Sustainable Agriculture

  • Posted On: 18 June 2020
Small Scale Sustainable Agriculture

About the tutors

Founder and head grower Neil, and grower Rikke are from Growing with Grace. Growing With Grace is a co-operative that supplies their local community in the north-west England with fresh, locally grown organic food. The 2.5 acre market garden uses stock-free, no-dig, organic methods to create a resilient soil to produce a diverse range of fresh, healthy produce. They are driven by 4 main principles: sustainable agriculture, fairtrade, equitable employment and workplace spirituality.


You can find out more at www.growingwithgrace.org.uk or their facebook page.

About the course

Neil and Rikke provide a comprehensive overview of the key principles of small scale sustainable agriculture.

Part 1 - Soil health and bed preparation

This video will cover the basic principles of what makes a healthy soil and show how to prepare your bed for a new crop without causing damage in the process. 

For high quality full screen viewing, please watch this video on our YouTube channel.

 

Part 2 - Seeds, varieties and sowing

This video will discuss why having the right seeds and the right varieties matter when growing sustainably and show how to sow a crop successfully. 

For high quality full screen viewing, please watch this video on our YouTube channel.

 

Part 3 - Soil life and biodiversity

This video will discuss how life in the soil affects your crop and show how, and why, we welcome biodiversity into our growing spaces.

For high quality full screen viewing, please watch this video on our YouTube channel.

 

Part 4 - Plant families and crop rotation

This video will provide a quick introduction to our important plant families and discuss how a crop rotation helps strengthen soil and plant health.

For high quality full screen viewing, please watch this video on our YouTube channel.

 

Part 5 - Composting and stock-free growing

This video will explain how to compost and discuss why, and how, stock-free growing can be a crucial part of a sustainable future. 

For high quality full screen viewing, please watch this video on our YouTube channel.

   

There is an accompanying handout detailing the further reading appropriate for each part of the series.

Thanks to Ben Niall Video Productions.

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