Making a successful Market Garden

This workshop will not only cover much of the fundamental principles of crop production, but will also focus on how to run a successful market garden business. One of the critical aspects of running a market garden well is being organised, so record keeping and basic accounts will be talked about as well as crop planning, sowing schedules and crop rotations. The course will be suitable for people who are looking into starting up a small scale market gardening business, as well as those who have already started. Soil types as well as soil health and fertility will be talked about along with other technical aspects of growing vegetables such as propagation, cultivation, protected cropping, pests and disease, seed saving and harvesting, packing and storing vegetables. The course will be run over three days (21st, 22nd and 23rd April 2018) and led by three different tutors at three different holdings. For more information and booking visit:

Course tutors

Ashley Wheeler
Ashley runs Trill Farm Garden with his partner Kate. They specialise in growing salads to sell to restaurants around Lyme Regis. Ashley is a founding member of Landworkers' Alliance.

Charles Dowding
Charles Dowding, runs a quarter acre, super intensive no dig garden in Somerset, selling salad bags and veg to local restaurants and shops. He writes and teaches extensively on growing vegetables, and on his speciality of no dig.

Ruth Hancock
​​Ruth bought a field in 2006 and has made a successful market garden there, selling vegetables through a box scheme. Ruth has been involved in various forms of farming, growing, land work, and other ecological projects since coming to live in Devon thirty years ago. She completed a National Diploma in Agriculture at Bicton College, but the organic growing is mainly self taught, by scaling up from domestic production. She is currently a member of The Land Workers Alliance Coordinating group, and has a particular interest in food sovereignty, and finding ways of making things a little bit easier for new entrants to agroecological farming, and growing.


April 21st, 2018 8:00 AM   through   April 23rd, 2018 5:00 PM
Trill Farm
Pudleylake Road
Axminster, DEV EX13 8TU
United Kingdom

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