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Thu 24 May 2018
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Film Screening: In Our Hands : Seeding Change
Braziers Park, Ipsden OX10 6AN
Organised by: Braziers Park

In Our Hands is a response to the crisis in food and farming. The film profiles the emergence of a new generation of farmers who are outgrowing, and debunking the myths of, the accepted industrial food system - creating a vision for post-Brexit food production that redefines our relationship with food and the land. A growing movement of farmers and food workers are creating vibrant farms, living soils, thriving food markets and a fairer food system for all. In Our Hands is the story of a new kind of farming, a new kind of food system and a new kind of society.

Screening is followed by discussion time with film makers.

A simple supper of hearty Braziers' garden soup and home made bread included - available between 6.30 and 7pm - Film starts 7.30 and runs approx 60 minutes, discussion closes by 9.30 £5 on door (cash only) - please register as seats are limited.

Sat 26 May 2018
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Summer Herbal Medicine and Foraging
Braziers Park, Ipsden OX10 6AN
Organised by: Braziers Park

The second of our seasonal herbal  days with expert medical herbalist Rasheeqa Ahmad of Hedge Herbs. Foraging in the beautiful and bountiful meadows and woodlands of Braziers Park. Learn how to identify beneficial plants in early summer, discover how to connect with instinctive plant wisdom and practice different methods of preparation to make your own healing, herbal remedies for yourself and as special gifts.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Additional meals and accommodation available at Braziers’ 3-tier rate. Cost £75 each day, £200 all 3 days booked together.

Sat 2 Jun 2018
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
RISC Roof Garden Summer Event
Entrance at rear of RISC, 35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

Award-winning sustainable garden: 185 species, low maintenance, multi- use perennial planting, edible forest, water harvesting, hard landscaping with renewable/recycled/ reused materials.

Cost:£3.50

Sat 9 Jun 2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Get Growing: Pests & Diseases
Whitley GrowAllot Community Allotment, Off Meavy Gardens, Whitley RG2 7RD
Organised by: food4families

This year Food4families will be running 6 separate 'Get Growing' modules, on the second Saturday of the month from 10 am - 12 noon, including a light refreshment break.

The sessions cost £15 each or sign up for 4 for £50.

Sat 16 Jun 2018 9:30 am
- Sun 17 Jun 2018 5:30 pm
Introduction to Permaculture
Braziers Park, Ipsden OX10 6AN
Organised by: Braziers Park

A wonderfully inspiring weekend learning Permaculture basics – ethics, principles and design tools to re-imagine your life, your garden, farm, community or any project for sustainability, regeneration and abundance – it's not just gardening!

You will leave with the tools to get started, your first design, new friends and hopefully motivation to continue along a permaculture path. This course is quite intensive but fun, thought-provoking and potentially life changing too! The programme includes group work, films and slideshow, classroom sessions and outdoor sessions with contributions from members of the residential community. If you have a project in mind already you can bring details, or we’ll help you identify a first design.

Cost £150 including organic lunches and refreshments (some concessions). Accommodation in the house or camping in the grounds can be booked on a sliding scale according to income.

Sat 16 Jun 2018
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
RFGN at Water Fest
Along the Kennet, between Chestnut Walk and the Riverside Museum

This year's Reading Water Fest will coincide with the official reopening of Reading Abbey and the start of the Reading Abbey Revealed Festival.  

The event takes place in the Forbury Gardens, Abbey Ruins and along The Kennet, between Chestnut Walk and the Riverside Museum. The event will consist of live entertainment, children's activities and refreshments, water activities, narrow boats, craft and charity stalls. 

We'll be sharing a stand with Food4families, and promoting our "Grow for Reading Town Meal" campaign, with free seeds and seedlings for people to grow for the meal. We'll also have our seed swap with us, so please bring any spare seeds and have a rummage for interesting things to grow.

Sun 17 Jun 2018
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
RFGN at East Reading Festival
Palmer Park, Reading

East Reading Festival is a local community festival that runs in June every year in Palmer Park, East Reading. 

We'll be sharing a stand with Food4families, and promoting our "Grow for Reading Town Meal" campaign, with free seeds and seedlings for people to grow for the meal. We'll also have our seed swap with us, so please bring any spare seeds and have a rummage for interesting things to grow.

Sat 7 Jul 2018 9:30 am
- Sun 8 Jul 2018 5:30 pm
Introduction to Permaculture
RISC, 35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

A wonderfully inspiring weekend learning Permaculture basics – ethics, principles and design tools to re-imagine your life, your garden, farm, community or any project for sustainability, regeneration and abundance – it's not just gardening!

You will leave with the tools to get started, your first design, new friends and hopefully motivation to continue along a permaculture path. This course is quite intensive but fun, thought-provoking and potentially life changing too! An award winning permaculture food forest roof garden can be studied here. If you have a project in mind already you can bring details, or we’ll help you identify a first design.

Cost £120.

Sat 7 Jul 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Seed to Plate - The Perfect Fruit
Walled Garden Packing Shed, Hardwick Road, Whitchurch-on-Thames RG8 7RB

Learn how to grow the perfect strawberry: growing and propagation secrets from an expert strawberry grower.

This workshop is aimed at beginner or more experienced gardeners who wish to develop their skills in organic, sustainable strawberry growing techniques.

What will you learn? This workshop will take you through the basics of soil management and strawberry growing, deal with your queries and build your confidence to grow your own food. It will involve both a theoretical and a practical session and introduce participants to key essentials, including:

  • how to propagate from your own stock of strawberry plants
  • what strawberry varieties to choose for long and short season cropping
  • how to prepare the soil for strawberries, including fertility building
  • what planting systems you can use in your garden
  • how to protect your strawberry crops from weather, pests and diseases
  • how to harvest your strawberry crop, including post-harvest management
Sat 7 Jul 2018
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
RFGN at Whitley Fun Day
Rabson's Rec, Northumberland Avenue RG2 8DF

A fun day of food and activities, organised by South Reading Churches.

We'll be sharing a stand with Food4families, and promoting our "Grow for Reading Town Meal" campaign, with free seeds for people to grow for the meal.

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