Introduction Organic Horticulture

Come and join us at The Community Farm for an Introduction into Organic growing. This is an opportunity to gain a basic understanding of the knowledge and techniques used in the production of organic veg. The day will consist of a mix of practical and theoretical learning suitable for any with an interest in the subject. Content will be applicable to all sizes of veg plot and will explore the following:

– Organic – A state of mind not a rule book
– Soil – What is it? and Why is it so important?
– Understanding of Nutrients and Fertility management
– Propagation, seeds and planting
– Understanding Weeding – Why? When? Where? and How?
– Know your enemy – common animal threats to organic veg and how to deter them
– Basic understanding of irrigation techniques

Tutor: Andy Dibben

Many of you will know Andy as our fantastic Farm Manager here at The Community Farm. He has a wealth of experience in Organic vegetable production both here at The Community Farm and elsewhere and is also a brilliant teacher. Andy will be running a series of workshops for us throughout the year on all aspects of organic vegetable production.

Date: 16th March 2013, 10 am to 4 pm

Cost: £34 (members) / £40 (non-members

How to book

Phone Emily on 0117 3643123 between 9am-3pm, Mon-Thur. Please have your card details ready.

Spaces are limited on all courses so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Members and long term volunteers of the farm are given priority booking and 15% discount on prices. If you are interested in becoming a member, take a look at our Membership page.


To try and minimise our carbon footprint at the farm, we encourage people to either lift-share or to book onto a Community Transport Minibus. Provided we have a sufficient number of people booked onto the minibus, it will be picking up at Bristol hippodrome and Bristol Temple Meads. We ask for a contribution of £5 per adult to cover costs for the minibus.

If you are interested in lift-sharing or taking the mini-bus, please let us know when booking.


For all of our courses and workshops we have a communal lunch where everyone brings something to share – we find this is a great way to gather a real community driven feast! We encourage everyone to make something vegetarian for the day so that as many people as possible are able to share the food.

Some ideas of things to bring include salads, bread, cheese, chutney, crisps, hummus or other spreads, soup, stew, cake… Any contribution will be a welcome addition to the feast!

We will provide refreshments and hot drinks during the day.

Cancellation Policy

If for whatever reason you need to cancel your booking, we offer a 50% refund up to one week prior to the course date. For cancellations with less than one week’s notice you will only receive a refund if you can provide a medical note.

In the unlikely event that we have to cancel the course we aim to give you at least 24 hours notice and you will receive a full refund.

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