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Wed 22 Aug 2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thrive Trunkwell Open Afternoon
Thrive Trunkwell Gardens, Beech Hill, Reading, RG7 2AT
Organised by: Thrive

You can be sure of a warm welcome from client gardeners, staff and volunteers and rest assured we will be serving tea and delicious home-made cakes!

Sat 1 Sep 2018 SGA Annual Show
Prospect School, Cockney Hill, Tilehurst RG30 4EX

Annual show with sections for Vegetables, Fruit, Flowers, Domestic, Arts and Crafts, Photography, Children’s and Schools.

Sat 1 Sep 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Seed to Plate - A Meal in a Jar: Preserving and Fermenting for Winter
Walled Garden Packing Shed, Hardwick Road, Whitchurch-on-Thames RG8 7RB

A day of learning, making, and tasting ancient and traditional methods of preserving vegetables – from lacto-fermentation to long shelf-life vegetable medleys.

Who is the workshop for? This workshop is aimed at gardeners, cooks and food-lovers who want to learn how to preserve vegetables to enjoy throughout the year. This workshop will not cover jams and chutneys; we will focus instead on traditional – savoury and healthy – methods of preserving!

What will you learn? This workshop will take you through the basics, deal with your queries and build your confidence to get preserving and create your own home-cooked meals in a jar! It will involve both a theoretical and a practical session and introduce participants to key essentials, including:

  • Health & safety in the preserving kitchen
  • Different methods of preserving veg – from lacto-fermentation to long-life vegetable medleys and whole tomatoes in their own juice
  • Taste and discuss our own home-made preserves and pickles over lunch!
  • Two healthy, savoury recipes which we will make together – picking veg directly from the garden and preserving it together in the kitchen
  • The theory behind the techniques and recipes so you can experiment and create your own meals in a jar at home!

You will leave the workshop with two jars of preserves, and print-outs of the recipes. You will also have the possibility to buy veg to take home if you want to carry on preserving more of our delicious summer harvests!

Sat 8 Sep 2018
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Autumn Herbal Medicine and Foraging
Braziers Park, Ipsden OX10 6AN
Organised by: Braziers Park

The third 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 the early autumn, 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 15 Sep 2018 9:30 am
- Sun 16 Sep 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 15 Sep 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.

Open as part of Reading Heritage Trail - donations welcome.

Sun 16 Sep 2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ridgeline Harvest Fete
Ridgeline Therapeutic Garden RG6 7BY
Organised by: The Ridgeline Trust

 

 
 
Thu 20 Sep 2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thrive Trunkwell Open Afternoon
Thrive Trunkwell Gardens, Beech Hill, Reading, RG7 2AT
Organised by: Thrive

You can be sure of a warm welcome from client gardeners, staff and volunteers and rest assured we will be serving tea and delicious home-made cakes!

Sat 29 Sep 2018
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
RFGN at Reading Town Meal
Forbury Gardens, Reading

The biggest "picnic in the park" that Reading has ever seen will return to Forbury Gardens on Saturday 30th September and you are invited to this fantastic celebration of local sustainable food. It's one of the events that makes Reading a special place.

In addition to a free meal, there will be workshops, community stalls, activities, music and more.

We will be there with our seed swap, sharing a gazebo with Abundance and the community apple press.

Sat 3 Nov 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Seed to Plate - The Secret Life of Soil
Walled Garden Packing Shed, Hardwick Road, Whitchurch-on-Thames RG8 7RB

Get to know your soil and learn how to work with what you've got and how to keep it thriving

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

What will you learn? This workshop will take you through the basics of soil management and crop rotations for small areas, 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:

  • identifying your soil type (IMPORTANT! Bring a sample of your soil to the workshop. Half a kilo will suffice.)
  • appropriate soil management and assessment of tillage techniques
  • how to feed your soil
  • assess your soil structure and simple methods of assessing your soil profiles
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