This is a three day course held at three separate market gardens to show the varied techniques that can be used in growing vegetables as well as marketing them.

How you choose to market garden may depend on soil types, area of land available, local markets and personal preferences such as whether you want to grow veg all year round, whether you want to use only hand tools or larger machinery and the like.

This course will show how all of these variables must be taken into consideration and how they lead to different techniques in market gardening from crop planning to cultivation techniques.

Day 1 - Saturday 21st April
Ashley Wheeler at Trill Farm Garden

Ashley and Kate have run Trill Farm Garden, a 2.5 acre market garden, for 8 years. They grow mainly for local restaurants and cafes, and specialise in salad production and high value crops. The content of the day will be varied, but will cover the importance of being organised, and how good record keeping and a good cropping plan can maximise productivity.

Much of the day will be held outside, looking at how the cropping plan is put into practice. We will also look at different propagation, planting & direct seed sowing, cultivation techniques and bed preparation, weed control, harvesting, importance of post-harvest quality control, polytunnel production, all year salad production and selling to restaurants.
Day 2 - Sunday 22nd April
Ruth Hancock at Fresh and Green in Ottery St Mary

Ruth, with her partner Mole, bought their field 12 years ago. They moved their market garden from a previously rented plot of land and have built up a successful box scheme. They have also been successful in getting planning permission to build a house on their land.

Ruth will run through how the box scheme works, and how they choose what to grow to provide vegetables for the boxes through the year. She will talk about their setup, including propagation, cultivation techniques and the different tools that they use, growing on sandy soil, using chickens in their growing system.

Day 3 - Monday 23rd April
Charles Dowding at Homeacres in Somerset

Charles specialises in no dig vegetable growing, and the day will be focused around this. He will talk about producing high value crops and techniques that he uses to maximise productivity on the small area that he grows on. Charles has been running trials on no dig for many years and will share some of the results from these to show how effective it can be.



10% discount available to Landworkers' Alliance and CSA members. Please enter discount code ‘GROWERS10’ when you check out.

One bursary ticket (half price) will also be offered to those who cannot afford the full ticket price. To apply for this please email with a little bit about yourself, what you would like to get from the course, and why you think you should be considered for the bursary.


Course cost: £70 per day.
To book all 3 days, add each date to your basket individually and then check-out.

Course times: 9:30am - 4:30pm.
Lunch will be provided at each venue.

This is available at Monkton Wyld Court, near Charmouth.
To book please call 01297 560342.
Those arriving on Saturday should come directly to Trill Farm - you can check into Monkton after the course finishes.

If you plan to drive and would like to offer a lift to others, please note where you will be travelling from and how many seats you can offer under GIFT MESSAGE when you check out.
Please also note here if you require a lift.