Preserve – 9 September 2018


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Preserve – Sunday, 9th September

Cost: £35 per workshop

Includes a healthy lunch, handouts, some takeaways e.g. plants, food.

Timings: 11-4 with an hour break for lunch

A  workshop aimed at helping you to live a happier, healthier life whilst learning more about nature, gardening, and, of course, permaculture. Learn skills that can help towards local abundance.


So you’ve grown armfuls of delicious, healthy food. ‘What do I do with it all?’

Starting with: planning for harvest.

We’ll discover how a well-designed garden doesn’t burden with crops but delights with produce.

Homemade jam has a taste of its own, far superior than supermarket bought.

How do we use all of this wonderful fruit and veg? Produce that we might learn about and make in this workshop includes:

What are the many ways of preserving?
Sterilising – making sure your recipes are safe
Jam and chutney making
Drying herbs and fruit
Bread making
Tinctures for health
Wine making
Mead and cider making

We can also cover setting up social systems, like small community groups, to help preserve and share abundant harvests.

All of the skills on this delectable menu will feed in to FERMENT – Fermentation and Real Food Gathering  at Whistlewood Common on the 6th October 2018. Please see the entry on the shop for more details.


Workshop coordinator bio

Ryan holds a Permaculture Design Certificate and loves sharing positive, practical solutions. He is largely self-taught in gardening and cooking, through observation, inquisitiveness, and trial and error. There’s a proviso that Ryan doesn’t have any formal horticulture qualifications.

He’s read a fair few books and blogs but has also visited and worked on different gardens, with lots of different people over the past 8 years in different parts of the country. From an international community garden to a hilly clay veg garden.

Ryan gardens several days a month on a large allotment plot in Derbyshire, with help from 2 hens, and has a front yard nursery and messy kitchen at home. He no longer uses peat products, has never used slug pellets, and still gets nutritious food from the garden!

Ryan is an experienced presenter and workshop leader. His experience in delivering workshops is mostly in communications skills, which is his bread and butter. He holds a train the trainer qualification.

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