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Kitchen Garden Workshop: Seed Saving – Closing the Loop on your Food Growing

5th September - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join us for a workshop on saving seed, here at Asthall Manor Kitchen Garden (opposite Asthall Manor).

Complete beginners through to keen amateurs all welcome.

It is well documented that the best seed you can sow is the seed that you have saved from your own garden, where those plants have learned to love to grow!

In this all-day workshop you will learn the basics of saving seed from different vegetable plants and their beneficial companion plants. This will involve fun, practical work alongside learning some fundamental theory.

Seed saving is not only fun but saves you money, lowers your environmental impact, results in a lot of fresh, reliable seed and allows you to invigorate both pollinators and seed-loving wildlife, if you leave some seed for them over the winter.

Humans have been saving seed for thousands of years. Let’s not stop now!

Places are limited to 10 people, in order to maintain a quality experience for those attending the workshop.

Tea, coffee, snacks and a hearty lunch of soup and bread will be provided.

Please dress appropriately for the weather on the day with sturdy shoes or boots that don’t mind getting muddy and be prepared to get your hands dirty.

Please do consider using public transport or bicycle to get here and if you’re coming by car, please park in the tree-lined avenue nearby. More travel information click here.

Asthall Manor Kitchen Garden is currently in the early stages of becoming a social enterprise with the aim of helping to create a healthier, happier food system for all. We grow wildlife-friendly and people-friendly food using Organic methods and Permaculture principles. We grow for a small, local box scheme, for the Potting Shed Café, for chefs and for the Manor kitchen. We do this while providing a mixture of wild habitats such as ponds, log piles, flowering weeds, seed heads and uncut margins for beneficial creatures to feed, hunt, sleep, bask, breed and hibernate in.

The funds raised from this workshop will go towards delivering the aims of Asthall Wild CIC. For more information, click here.

The course will be delivered by Tim Mitchell, a qualified Level 2 Organic food growing tutor with 8 years of teaching experience. He has worked in community food growing and commercial Organic food production for the last 9 years.


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Ticket Description Price
Supporter For those who can afford to pay a little more to show financial solidarity with those on low or no income. The supporter funds raised from this workshop go directly towards subsidising those on lower income and to supporting the non-profit Asthall Wild CIC to deliver it’s aims. £ 95
General For all those who cannot stretch to the Supporter price. £ 65
Subsidised A limited number of places at this price are available to make the workshop accessible for students, low-waged, and/or unpaid workers and anyone who would otherwise be unable to afford to attend. £ 35


Photo: © Tim Mitchell